All You Need To Know About Coffee Filters Is Here! (2018 Summary)

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Too Many Coffee Filters To Choose?

For coffee lovers who like hand-brewing coffee methods, there are away too many varieties of coffee filters to choose from.

Basically, coffee filters can categorized into paper filters, sock cloth filters and metal filters. There are many arguments among each type of coffee filters carry out difference taste and profile.

Finally Stumptown Coffee just did two serious experiences to compare among Chemex Filter, Melitta Oxygen bleached, Melitta unbleaced natural, Hario V60, Sock Cloth Filter, Able Kone and Able Disk.

If you want to know how different type of coffee filters affect your pour over coffee, please check out their finding and recommendation from their blog.

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Paper Filter VS Metal Filter

  • Metal filters can save you money in the long run, but are a bit more difficult to clean.
  • Paper filters cost more over time, but are practically mess-free.
  • Metal filters produce a more robust and visually darker cup of coffee, which contains more oils and sometimes small amounts of sediment.
  • Paper filters produce a brighter, sweeter cup of coffee with little or no sediment or oils, helping cut out the bad cholesterol found in coffee.

If you want to know how Paper filter vs. metal filtermakes the best cup of coffee? Please check out more finding and recommendation from this article.

 

​Advantages of a Gold Coffee Filter?

Gold coffee filters are now a standard in the best coffee makers, and coffee lovers and some coffee blogs swear until they’re blue in the face that they give an improved taste to their coffee. Have you tried the gold-tone? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below.

​One of the main benefits of gold coffee filters that I cannot argue with is their longevity. For a onetime investment of around $30, you can buy a 24 karat gold plated coffee filter like this one that’s far more durable that the other types. To be honest, it should last you for many years without needing to be replaced, so it will actually pay for its self-overtime.

 

Bleached vs Unbleached Coffee Filters Debate

In the great bleached vs unbleached paper coffee filter debate, it really comes down to your preferences: taste or environmental impact.

If you want to be more eco-friendly, buy high-quality unbleached filters and rinse well before use. On the other hand, if you’re concerned that your coffee might end up with a papery taste, even with double rinsing, opt for bleached – ideally oxygen-bleached – filters.

Oh, and remember that quality matters! A cheap bleached filter may add just as much of a papery taste to your coffee, if not more, as a high-quality unbleached filter.

What else you need to know about bleached vs unbleached coffee filters? Check out this article here!

 

How About Cloth Coffee Filters?

Cloth coffee filters are the least common filters but they’re no less incredible. The finely weaved cloth catches all of the coffee grounds, even the micro grounds, but barely absorbs and coffee oils.

The result is a clean, sediment-free cup with rich aromatics from the oils and a high perceived acidity. Sometimes the oils produce a medium mouthfeel.

Cloth coffee filters are a good middle ground flavor-wise between paper and cloth, but they’re difficult to maintain. If you decide to go with cloth filters, you’ll need to make sure you wash them very well between brews and don’t let them dry out too much or stay too moist.

These filters tend to last a few dozen brews before they start to contribute off flavors to your coffee from the trapped oils and micro-grounds of past brews, but they’re technically safe to use for over 100 brews most of the time.

 

Which Coffee Filter Is Right For You?

Now that you’ve seen the rundown of the different coffee filter types, it’s time to choose the one that best fits into your lifestyle and compliments your flavor preferences.

Do you love a bright, crisp acidity with your coffee or need your morning routine to be more convenient than anything? Paper coffee filters sound like they may suit you the best.

Do you enjoy a richly aromatic mug and oily body without the sediment? Cloth filters may be the middle ground you need.

Do you want to experience the most out of your delicious coffee beans with a rich, robust flavor profile or are you very environmentally conscious? Metal coffee filters are right up your alley.

In the end, it’s about what works best for you and helps you thrive.

Happy Brewing!

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