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Kumbakonam Degree Coffee

Kumbakonam, a district in Tamil Nadu is famous for Degree Coffee also known as Meter Coffee. There are so many versions as to why the coffee is called “degree”. The lactometer used to check the temperature of the essential hot milk for the coffee was called “degree” by many. I think, since the decoction of coffee drips “degree by degree” into the cup, it may be called Degree Coffee. Coffee is called “kapi” by the Tamilians.

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1 ½ – 2 tablespoons coffee powder

150 ml water

300 ml full cream milk

2 teaspoons sugar


  1. Place the decoction set’s upper cup onto the lower cup.
  2. Place coffee powder into the decoction set’s upper cup.  Using the stemmed press, compact the coffee powder in.
  3. Bring water to boil in a pan or kettle and pour into the decoction container.  Close the lid and leave aside for the coffee to drip down into the lower cup for about 15 minutes.
  4. Place sugar in a stainless steel tumbler.
  5. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of the coffee decoction over the sugar.
  6. Bring milk to boil and pour the hot milk into the tumbler.
  7. Swish coffee to and fro and drink it hot and frothy!

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