Tradition says that sometime around 1650, he bound seven seeds to his belly, and as soon as he reached his home hermitage, a cave in the Hills near Chikmagalur in southern India, he planted them and they flourished. India now claims to be the fifth-largest producer of coffee in the world, after Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Ethiopia.
South Indian Kumbakonam Filter Coffee, isa coffee made using unadulterated milk, sugar, and coffee extract. This extract is made from dark roasted coffee beans in the proportion of (70%-80%) and chicory (20%-30%). This type of coffee preparation is popular in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh. The most commonly used coffee beans are Arabica and Robusta, they are grown in the hills of Tamil Nadu (Nilgiris District), Karnataka (Kodagu District), and Kerala (Malabar region). These coffee beans are roasted at an optimum temperature and then ground to obtain the filter coffee powder.
Kumbakonam Filter Coffee or the south Indian filter coffee is prepared with a metal vessel that has two cylindrical cups, the upper cup has a one of which has a pierced bottom through which the coffee brew percolates and gets collected in the bottom cup. The upper cup consists of two removable parts namely a pressing disc with a central, a stem handle, and a covering lid. (Vietnamese use a similar device to brew coffee.)