3 interesting recipes to transform filter decoction at home

Many of us at Beachville are loyal enthusiasts of South Indian filter coffee who are sure to have nailed our recipes down to a tee, tweaking beans, grinds and proportions until the cup tastes just right. Even still, we have also been experimenting with the much-cherished filter decoction, and stumbling upon happy accidents. Here we share some of our findings, so that you too can play around with concocting interesting beverages at home.

Recipe 1 : Cold Shaken Filter Coffee:

This is our take on a traditional filter coffee, but served cold. It is perfect for a hot and humid summer day like the ones we have so often in Chennai!


Filter Coffee Decoction: 2 tablespoons
Sugar Syrup: 1.5 tablespoons
Ice cubes: 5-6 cubes
Milk: a little under half a cup


Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker or mason jar
Shake the mixture for about 30 seconds

Recipe 2: Caramelised Filter Coffee

This recipe comes from the kitchen of Beachville's founder Divya, who discovered that a lovely caramely, sweet Filter Coffee decoction can be made by tweaking the brewing process in this unexpected way:

  • Before adding Coffee ground to the upper chamber of the filter, add a spoonful of sugar into it
  • Hold the upper chamber over a gas flame until the sugar starts to caramelise and turns slightly golden. Be sure not to take it further than this stage of caramelisation.
  • Now you can add your coffee grounds above this layer of caramel, and brew your decoction like you would normally.

Recipe 3: Beachville's Signature Pomegranate Coffee

This Signature Beachville beverage that incorporates pomegranate and beetroot with filter coffee decoction is based on a Craft Coffee that we feature at the Beachville cafe. It is a chilled, fruity-sweet brew that is incredibly refreshing and flavourful.


Filter Coffee Decoction: 2 tablespoons
Beetroot Juice: 1 tablespoon
Pomegranate juice: 2/3rds of a cup
Rosemary Syrup - made by adding a sprig of rosemary in your simple sugar syrup: 1.5 tablespoons (you can reduce or increase this based on taste)


Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker or mason jar
Shake the mixture for about 30 seconds with ice
Strain and Serve

Of course, if you would rather sit back and enjoy this when you visit the cafe, do ask our baristas for what we call Moody's!


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