Brewing Utensils - Pour Over Filters
Every step that goes into the making of a cup of coffee is vital. If you are desperate in making your own perfect cup, you should never get satisfied just by finding the best coffee maker. No brewing utensil is less important in affecting the final brew quality, no matter how trivial it seems to be.
"An artisan must first sharpen his tools if he is to do his work well."
Coffee filter is a coffee-brewing utensil while pour over filters are those filters designed specifically for pour over coffee. Coffee filters trap the coffee grounds and allow the liquid coffee to flow through. In this article we will go through the different types of coffee filters in market, and give you some ideas in picking the right filter for your needs.
In general, we can classify these filters into to two groups, DISPOSABLE type and REUSABLE type.
DISPOSABLE COFFEE FILTERS
Usually made with crepe paper, there are also more Eco-friendly ones that are made with bamboo paper. As the molecules that make up the oil are larger than those make up water, gaps between fibers of paper filters are just large even for water molecules to pass through, therefore these filters remove diterpenes (1) and left no crema on coffee. These filters often made in the form of cone or basket shape. The choice of filter is based on the shape of your coffee maker funnel.
Other than shape and raw material of paper, bleached (2) and unbleached papers are two kinds of paper used to make these filters. Some coffee professions might warn you against using unbleached filter because it will destroy the taste of your coffee, but unless you have a super sharp sense, I don’t think it makes a difference. As inhabitants of the earth, we would concern about the chemicals used during the bleaching which harm the environment and even our health.
REUSABLE COFFEE FILTERS
Usually made with metal or nylon mesh, these filters do not remove diterpenes produced during the process of brewing.
Some nylon mesh were usually made attached with a metal ring with handle, some people consider it as an nice alternative to paper filter for chemex coffee maker. However, you might found smell of plastic in your coffee if the quality of your nylon mesh is not a good one and the water is too hot, harmful chemicals might release during brew.
The metal mesh with stainless steel being the most common materials of all. Proponents of reusable type of filters leave less footprint on the environment therefore were said to be an Eco alternative to paper filters. I heard people saying that using paper filter save them trouble of cleaning work. But actually, cleaning of metal mesh is simple, it won't takes you more than a minute, simply pop out the used grounds and cleans it when you wash the coffee making funnel and your coffee cup.
Disposable and metal reusable coffee filters functions in a very similar way but what make metal filters more advance is many of them are dual function, for example, some metal reusable filters might carry the function of coffee maker funnel and save you the trouble of finding one. While some can be used for pour over as well as filters for auto drip, like the Etching Cone-style Coffee Filter and Gold Cone-style Coffee Filter sold in Palicoffee Store, they functions same as paper filters for hand drip and fits to Cuisinart coffee making machine as well.
In addition, some cone metal filters even fits to chemex type coffee maker as it save them time on folding, setting and adjusting the filter properly, which in fact makes them great filters for this type of pour over coffee maker.
Which is Right for You?
Disposable paper filter is always the more popular option in the market, but one that (especially if you’re a green activist) you would cross out if you’re concerned about the environment footprint each brew is leaving behind. Or if you are economic efficiency concerned. Permanent filter works just as well but you need to be extra cautious when choosing one.
oily components produced during the process of brewing. These organic compounds in unfiltered coffee are known to be antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
making brown paper into white color, chemical were used during the process.