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Coffee Filters Make a Difference

Lately I’ve been noticing my coffee hasn’t been tasting quite right. I don’t have any first hand experience with the taste of cardboard, but I suspect it’s just like my coffee had been tasting.

I cleaned my coffee maker with vinegar and water but that didn’t help. I was also suspicious about the new coffee filters we had bought recently, so I went out and bought some of the kind we usually bought. Sure enough that was it, 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 be outlawed.

The majority of at home coffee drinkers use a drip coffee machine. The coffee grinds 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’ve always wished I could make coffee at home like the local coffee shop I go to on the way to work. A fantastic filter for your drip machine isn’t going to single handedly turn you into an gourmet coffee barista, but it could make a huge improvement.

Paper Filters

The most common filter used in households today is the paper filter. This is a no mess way of making coffee. Just lift the paper filter out along with the coffee grinds and dispose of it. The whole mess is even compost friendly. 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 made the same. Different pore sizes will allow more or less oils pass through. There is a danger of passing a paper taste on to the brew though.

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 these an unpractical choice for the majority of households.

Plastic Filters

Basket and cone shaped plastic filters are made to most coffee machines. They have a plastic mesh that prevents grinds and sediments from passing into the pot. They must be cleaned out after every use. Coffee oils can tend to build up and stain the plastic over time. Some people suspect that the plastic or build up affects the flavor.

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 than plastic filters and simpler to clean, in fact you can place these filters in your dishwasher. A cleaner filter means better coffee. 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 benefit is that the filter will not pass any taste onto the brew. This sounds extravagant and people sort of look at my sideways when I bring it up, but they becoming more well loved in high end coffee machines.

Whatever type of filter you choose, spend the money on a excellent filter. I have thrown out the cheap no name filters and am using a natural brown basket filter. I tried the plastic filters and found that they clogged. In the end, the convince of paper won out.

Chris Brown is a regular contributor to the The-Best-Coffee-Maker.com and one of his favorite pastimes is the pursuit of terrific coffee. For information and resources about the-best-coffee-maker.com/ coffee makers and the-best-coffee-maker.com/gourmet-coffee gourmet coffee visit the-best-coffee-maker.com/ The-Best-Coffee-Maker.com

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