Coffee Filters Make a Difference

Recently my coffee just started tasting - off. It was if somebody had taken out have the coffee grounds and replaced them with chewed up cardboard.

I tried cleaning my coffee maker with vinegar and water but that didn't help this time.

Turns out that my wife had found a great deal on paper coffee filters at the store. Sure, they only cost a third of what we normally pay for premium paper filters but what they did to the taste of my coffee should have been against the law.

The majority of at home coffee drinkers use a drip coffee machine. The coffee grounds are contained in a basket or cone shaped filter. Most of us don't give a second thought about the quality of the filters that we are using.

I spent years wishing that I could have coffee at home like the coffee shop. I won't lie to you and tell you that a great filter for your drip machine will make a cup of coffee as good as the espresso machine used by your barista, but it will make a big improvement.

  • Paper Filters - The most common filter used in typical households is the paper filter. This is the no mess way of making coffee. Just lift the paper filter out and dispose of it. Paper filters stop any sediments from passing through. They also prevent most of the coffee oils from passing as well. This results is a smoother, weaker tasting coffee. Not all paper filters are created the same. Different pore sizes will allow more or less oils pass through. There is also the danger of passing a paper taste on to the brew.
  • Cloth Filters - Cloth filters are usually made of unbleached cotton. They allow more of the coffee oils to pass through which results in a stronger cup of coffee, but without letting the grinds and sediment pass through. A cloth filter will typically last several months with proper care. It is the care and cleaning that makes them an unpopular choice in most households.
  • Plastic Filters - Plastic filters are made to fit standard basket and cone machines. They have a plastic mesh that prevents grinds and sediments from passing into the pot. They must be cleaned out after every use.
  • Stainless Steel Filters - Similar to the plastic filters, stainless steel filters will last for years with proper care. These are often called gold tone filters as they have been colored gold. They are more durable then the plastic filters, in fact you can place these filters in your dishwasher. These metal filters will allow the coffee oils to pass through, and even some of the finer sediments. This will result in a stronger cup of coffee with more body.
  • Gold Filters - Gold filters are Stainless Steel filters with a gold plating on them - usually 23k. Their main benifit is that the filter will not pass any taste onto the brew.

Spend the money on a good filter - whatever type of filter you choose. I have thrown out the cheap no name filters and am using a natural brown basket filter. I have tried the plastic filters and found that they either clogged up or retained too much taste. They were fine if I was brewing the same type of coffee everytime.

Mr. Coffee GTF2-1 Basket-style Gold Tone Permanent Filter

Recently my coffee just started tasting - off. It was if somebody had taken out have the coffee grounds and replaced them with chewed up cardboard.

I tried cleaning my coffee maker with vinegar and water but that didn't help this time.

Turns out that my wife had found a great deal on paper coffee filters at the store. Sure, they only cost a third of what we normally pay for premium paper filters but what they did to the taste of my coffee should have been against the law.

The majority of at home coffee drinkers use a drip coffee machine. The coffee grounds are contained in a basket or cone shaped filter. Most of us don't give a second thought about the quality of the filters that we are using.

I spent years wishing that I could have coffee at home like the coffee shop. I won't lie to you and tell you that a great filter for your drip machine will make a cup of coffee as good as the espresso machine used by your barista, but it will make a big improvement.

  • Paper Filters - The most common filter used in typical households is the paper filter. This is the no mess way of making coffee. Just lift the paper filter out and dispose of it. Paper filters stop any sediments from passing through. They also prevent most of the coffee oils from passing as well. This results is a smoother, weaker tasting coffee. Not all paper filters are created the same. Different pore sizes will allow more or less oils pass through. There is also the danger of passing a paper taste on to the brew.
  • Cloth Filters - Cloth filters are usually made of unbleached cotton. They allow more of the coffee oils to pass through which results in a stronger cup of coffee, but without letting the grinds and sediment pass through. A cloth filter will typically last several months with proper care. It is the care and cleaning that makes them an unpopular choice in most households.
  • Plastic Filters - Plastic filters are made to fit standard basket and cone machines. They have a plastic mesh that prevents grinds and sediments from passing into the pot. They must be cleaned out after every use.
  • Stainless Steel Filters - Similar to the plastic filters, stainless steel filters will last for years with proper care. These are often called gold tone filters as they have been colored gold. They are more durable then the plastic filters, in fact you can place these filters in your dishwasher. These metal filters will allow the coffee oils to pass through, and even some of the finer sediments. This will result in a stronger cup of coffee with more body.
  • Gold Filters - Gold filters are Stainless Steel filters with a gold plating on them - usually 23k. Their main benifit is that the filter will not pass any taste onto the brew.

Spend the money on a good filter - whatever type of filter you choose. I have thrown out the cheap no name filters and am using a natural brown basket filter. I have tried the plastic filters and found that they either clogged up or retained too much taste. They were fine if I was brewing the same type of coffee everytime.


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