Product Guide: Paperless Brewing

Nov. 21, 2013

Metal coffee filters are good for different reasons. Some coffee drinkers want a little more body/sediment in their cup. Some people are just trying to use less paper. Whatever the reason, there are pros and cons to using these.

Pros

  • -Your environmental impact is reduced each time you don’t use a paper filter
  • -They can last for a long time, although thin steel and gold may require a little more TLC
  • -If you like more body, metal filters will let a little more sediment pass through (a little less than a French press)

Cons

  • -If you hate sediment, even a very coarse grind will not eliminate some fines at the bottom of your cup
  • -You have to keep them clean to keep old coffee oils and particles getting into your next brew

The Disk & Kone

        Disk                                                                Kone

 Able Brewing is a great company that produces well-built products. They make the Disk filter for Aeropress and the Kone for Chemex brewers both of which are made in the USA. The Disk makes using the Aeropress easy since it always lives in the filter holder when not in use. The Kone was developed to work with the Chemex line of brewers but we have discovered it can be put to use in almost any conical dripper. In a pinch and with a little finesse, you can even brew without a dripper, directly into your mug (as long as your mug is tall and wide enough).

Cilio Gold Filter

The Cilio gold #4 filter is a welcome addition to your Clever Coffee Dripper or whatever #4 sized dripper you like to use. You may want to be a little more gentle with this filter since gold is a lot softer than steel.

 Bodum Poly/Stainless Steel Filterscreen

Bodum makes this Poly/Stainless Filterscreen as a replacement for the standard coil/filter/plate sandwich that you find inside most French presses. It was developed for Bodum’s SAN plasic beakers since metal filters end up scraping the plastic material but we think they are a good addition to glass presses since the silicone edge does a great job of keep grinds out of your brewed coffee.

Nylon French Press Filter – 12 Cup Size

Another way to reduce some of the fines in your french press brew is to use one of these nylon filters. It sits between the metal screen and plate of your French press. Keep in mind that it creates extra drag when you are pressing so go slow and you won’t end up blowing grinds through the outside edge of the filterscreen. It’s been difficult locating a new manufacturer for these so we only have the 12 cup size left.

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