We've Filtered Out Only The Best South Indian Filter Kaapis For You!

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    Fueling almost all of South India and soon charging its way to the rest of the subcontinent, Filter Kaapi or Filter Coffee is that strong, comforting companion or partner you didn't know you needed to be looking for. But best believe us that once you find a perfectly pulled cup of frothy goodness, there's no turning back! Before that here's some general knowledge - what makes good quality filter coffee is actual coffee and none of that instant stuff. A coarser grind of Arabica and Robusta beans slow roasted to a medium (to dark) and mixed with the right amount of chicory (signature addition to most filter coffees, adds a savoury, bitter depth) is believed to yield the perfect, deep and rich flavoured cup. Similarly, brewing filter coffee the right way is important too. Make sure to use a 4-part South Indian filter and let the coffee brew low and slow.

    That said, finding the cup of filter coffee best suited to your tastebuds is a journey of hits and misses. To help you make this critical, life impacting decision (it is going to be the first thing you taste everyday, after all) is our list of filter coffees from some of the best Indian Coffee Brands available on LBB and off. Bookmark this list and share it with that friend who's already a filter coffee lover so they get to explore and try more and if you know someone who hasn't tasted the wonders of this coffee, definitely get them to!

    Bili Hu Robusta Kaapi Royale

    Robusta Kaapi Royale Coffee - Drip Filter (200g)

    Robusta Kaapi Royale Coffee - Drip Filter (200g)

    300

    From the house of Bili Hu based in Karnataka comes this medium-dark and smooth roast speciality filter coffee made of a 100% Robusta coffee beans sourced from the celebrated Harley Estate in Sakleshpur. Expect the boldest coffee flavour, rich and full-bodied with a sweet corn-like aftertaste. It comes in a zip-locked bag. Make sure the bag is sealed well and stored in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight to preserve self life.  Read more about the brand and their offerings here

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 100% coffee

    Price: INR 395 for 200gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Drip Filter 

    Rise Up Chikmagalur Aroma Premium Filter Coffee

    Chikamagalur's Aroma Premium Fresh Filter Coffee Powder

    Chikamagalur's Aroma Premium Fresh Filter Coffee Powder

    125

    Bringing us premium Arabica coffee from the estates of Chikmagalur since pre-independence (1938) times, Rise Up Coffee knows its filter coffee best! They have a range of blends in varying degrees of strength and aromas but our favourite has to be the Aroma Premium. A mixture of 90 percent coffee and 10 percent chicory and medium-smooth roasted, this will yield you an aromatic thick concoction, typical of a strong and fresh filter coffee, best enjoyed pulled with milk and jaggery. Once opened you will have to store this in an airtight steel container. Avoid keep it close to strong-smelling products. Read more about the brand here

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 90:10

    Price: INR 250 for 250gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Traditional South Indian Filter

    Nandan South Special Filter Coffee

    South Special Filter Coffee Powder (250g)

    South Special Filter Coffee Powder (250g)

    486

    An organic filter coffee from an organic brand! Nandan's coffee beans are handpicked from the lush green valleys of Kodaikanal and processed using biodynamic farming techniques. Their popular filter coffee blend, the South Special is inspired by the real deal. What you will taste is a traditional heavy-bodied, sweet and mildly bitter cuppa, thanks to the highly quality chicory and the perfect medium-dark roast of the Arabica and Robusta beans blend. You can make a strong decoction that will last at least a week in the fridge. If not, store the coffee in a seal bottle at room temperature. Read more about the brand here.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 90:10

    Price: INR 486 for 250gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Traditional South Indian Filter

    Farmgate Namma Chennai Blend

    Namma Chennai Blend: South Indian Filter Coffee - Pack of 2 (200g)

    Namma Chennai Blend: South Indian Filter Coffee - Pack of 2 (200g)

    350

    Just the right creamy ture when brewed fresh (we've tried it and can vouch), Farmgate takes pride in its Namma Chennai Filter Coffee Blend. A signature that they say has only the finest Arabica beans sourced from their century-old coffee farms in Tamil Nadu, this filter coffee blend is ground and roasted (medium to dark roast) with chicory in an 80:20 ratio. Together what is created is a balanced coffee with a smooth bitter-sweet flavour, much like how locals in Chennai enjoy their daily filter coffee dose. Farmgate is exclusively selling on LBB, so you may want to grab your order while stocks last. Read more about the brand here.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 80:20

    Price: INR 350 for 200gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Traditional South Indian Filter

    TGL Co. Signature Filter Coffee Powder

    Signature Filter Coffee Powder- South Indian Filter Coffee- 100 gm

    Signature Filter Coffee Powder- South Indian Filter Coffee- 100 gm

    270

    Very rarely would we recommend an instant filter coffee but TGL Co. Signature Filter Coffee Powder has a buoyant quality that's almost rare in filter coffee blends these days. This has to do with the 53% coffee and 47% chicory blend for a cup that is full-bodied, well-rounded and ample in the mouth without being overpowering! It finishes on a delicious earthy, nutty note. Although it tastes delicious, we do wish we got more more the price. Burning through the 100gms is easy! This instant coffee comes in a sealed bottle of its own so you don't have to worry about storage. Read more about the brand here.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 53:47

    Price: INR 299 for 100gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Instant

    The Coffee Brewing Co. Royal India

    Royal India - Indian Filter Coffee Powder-250gm

    Royal India - Indian Filter Coffee Powder-250gm

    Straight from the estates of Chikmagalur comes The Coffee Brewing Co's Royal India's fragrant and perfectly strong single-origin filter coffee. With an 80:20 ratio, it has that comforting, warm filter coffee flavour that we know and cherish so much. We've read some high praise on Amazon, including one person calling this brand their go-it. You can enjoy this one as a black too but we say go straight to pulling it through two glass tumblers, for a hot, milky and frothy cuppa. Read more about the brand here.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 80:20

    Price: INR 310 for 250gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Traditional South Indian Filter or Espresso Machine

    Classic Coffees Classic Blaze

    Classic Blaze- South Indian Filter Coffee- Morning Blend- 250gm

    Classic Blaze- South Indian Filter Coffee- Morning Blend- 250gm

    300

    Meant to be enjoyed as a morning blend, Karnataka's Classic Coffees' Blaze Filter Coffee will jolt your senses awake with its heavy-bodied, intense and malty flavour profile. It has a malty fragrance and a pleasant bitter aftertaste, that mimics the authentic filter coffee perfectly. This 100% Arabica coffee is dark roasted and boasts of a bitter cocoa too. Though this is a heavy brew it tends to settle after a sip or two, so no morning jitters! Read more about the brand here.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 100% Coffee

    Price: INR 350 for 250gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Traditional South Indian Filter

    Karma Kaapi Desi Magic Bold

    Desi Magic Bold Filter Coffee - 200gm

    Desi Magic Bold Filter Coffee - 200gm

    310

    This Bangalore-based coffee store takes its coffee as serious as a filter coffee tastes and so to replicate that exact bold flavour, they have the Desi Magic Bold Filter Coffee. These are available as whole Arabica coffee beans sourced from estates in Coorg, so no chicory. Once you grind these medium roasted beans your sense will be taken over by a delicious dark cocoa aroma. This translates in taste too, as a strong-bodied coffee with less acidity. You will want to store both the beans and ground coffee in an airtight, preferably glass jar. Best to freshly grind how you need for each use.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio:100% Coffee

    Price: INR 310 for 200gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Traditional South Indian Filter

    Pepperberrys Co. Signature Filter Coffee

    Signature Filter Coffee (20 % Chicory) - 500gm

    Signature Filter Coffee (20 % Chicory) - 500gm

    390

    Manufacturing some of the freshest filter coffee there is, Pepperberrys Co is after creating a blend that is as fragrant and strong - similar to South's favourite Kumbakonam Coffee (to be brewed with thick undiluted milk for the true experience), mmh! With a classic 80:20 coffee to chicory ratio, this filter coffee is the right amount of bitter is to coffee flavour as described by the founders. Read more about the brand here.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 80:20

    Price: INR 200 for 250gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Traditional South Indian Filter

    True South - Bold (Eighty-20) -Ready to Use Filter Coffee Decoction

    Bold(Eighty-20) -Ready to Use Filter Coffee Decoction, 20ml Each (Pack of 30) -30 Strong Serves

    Bold(Eighty-20) -Ready to Use Filter Coffee Decoction, 20ml Each (Pack of 30) -30 Strong Serves

    450

    Doesn't the name say enough? If not, True South, is a truly South Indian coffee and best bit is that it is ready-to-use! So filter kaapi lovers, you can enjoy your drink on the go. A purist maybe skeptical but we were pleasantly surprised at what we tasted: hot, strong coffee, with a kick as if you’d made it right then. Sold. One 20ml sachet will brew one strong cup of filter coffee, you buy the bigger pack (comes in a pouch with a nozzle), you will have to refrigerate after opening. Check them out on The LBB Shop.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 80:20

    Price: INR 450 for 30, 30ml packs

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Instant

    Bru Green Label Filter Coffee

    BRU Green Label Filter Coffee

    We've grown up drinking Bru Filter Coffee from our grandma's kitchens (at least this writer has and the brand is going strong since 1929), so this pick reminds us of home! Best described as comfort in a cup, Bru's "green label" filter coffee boasts a rich, all-coffee flavour despite being a traditional 53% coffee and 47% chicory blend. Interestingly enough and although this a lightly roasted coffee, what we've seen our grandma do too, is brew a second decoction from the same batch of coffee and believe us, it tasted and smelled just as rich and aromatic. This filter coffee comes in nitro flush packaging to help retain freshness for longer periods of time.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 53:47

    Price: INR 155 for 500gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Traditional South Indian Filter

    VS Mani & Co Instant Filter Coffee

    Signature Instant Coffee

    Signature Instant Coffee

    290

    VS Mani & Co's Instant Filter Coffee was a Covid-19 lockdown discovery to us and boy were we impressed! It's zero bitterness profile with all the makings of a rich, robust and flavourful filter coffee has us buying multiple packs on LBB. Their speciality coffee bean are sourced from different estates across India that is roasted to a medium and then blended with 40% chicory. It is the founder's granddad's secret recipe so you know it's going to taste ace and all you will need is 5 minutes to make it.

    Coffee to Chicory Ratio: 60:40

    Price: INR 29 for 100gm

    Preferred Method of Brewing: Instant

    Pro-Tip

    If you're here, it's clear that you love coffee in general so here's a list of the Best Coffee Powder To Buy Online and some of the Easy-To-Use Artisan Coffee Brands we love!