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The Difference Between Using A Permanent Filter Vs A Filter Paper

The Difference Between Using A Permanent Filter Vs A Filter Paper

Consumers have an important decision to make when choosing a filter and brewing coffee - whether to use a filter with a paper filter or a permanent coffee filter. While some people prefer to use filter paper in their filter and find it better in terms of taste, permanent coffee filters are becoming very popular with consumers.

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Filters often come with a permanent coffee filter, but if yours does not, you will have to choose between a paper filter or a permanent one.

Using a filter paper coffee filter 

Paper filters are economical because a packet of filter paper lasts a long time. You need one filter paper per brew, so buying a whole pack may be an economical option. It is quick and easy to dispose of the coffee grounds as you simply remove the used filter paper and coffee grounds from the filter and throw them away. (I recommend considering using a sealed box to prevent moisture from deteriorating)

You can also choose between white (bleached) or brown (unbleached) filter paper. Unbleached filter paper retains the natural brown colour of the wood pulp. (Editor's note: Most bleached filters today use food-grade acid, which is labelled on the outer packaging of the filter paper)

The main disadvantage of using a paper filter is choosing the right size and style for your filter (conical: hario V60 or trapezoidal: KALITA filters).

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Using a permanent coffee filter 

The main advantage of using permanent coffee filters in filters is that they are more economical. Although a packet of filter paper for around $3 or less may seem to be the most economical, a permanent coffee filter for around $10 will quickly save on the cost of filter paper within the first few weeks.

With a permanent coffee filter, you never have to worry about replacing the filter paper. It comes in two versions - (conical: hario V60 or trapezoidal: KALITA filter). While some people prefer the gold filter for increased durability and improved coffee flavour, others prefer the less expensive nylon filter. Both types are durable and clean well. Permanent filters are usually sized to fit most coffee brewers, but to ensure the best fit, buy a filter designed specifically for your filter. (Editor's Note: This should be the case as the density and material of the filter will affect the drip rate and taste of the finished coffee.)

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How your choice of the coffee filter affects the taste 

The easiest way to find out how a paper coffee filter and a permanent coffee filter affect the taste of your coffee is to test it with your filter and see which one you prefer. Metal filters tend to have slightly larger holes, so coffee particles are more likely to slip through this type of filter. Coffee made with a metal filter is darker in colour and stronger in flavour, and there may be some coffee sediment at the bottom of the cup or glass carafe. Paper filters are usually thinner, so they can filter out more coffee particles, resulting in a coffee that tends to be lighter and brighter in colour and flavour and is often clearer than coffee made with a metal filter. (Editor's note: Typically, filter paper attracts coffee oils and filters out more coffee substances, so coffee brewed with filter paper will be less concentrated than non-filter coffee for the same brewing parameters.) 

In the case of paper filters, some people believe that an unbleached filter may give the coffee more of a paper taste. It is advisable to reduce this by pouring hot water through the filter, pre-wetting the filter paper, then putting the ground coffee through the filter and brewing the coffee.

Choosing the type of coffee filter that is best for you depends on a number of factors and preferences. Remember that a clean coffee filter makes a better cup of coffee, so whatever filter you choose, clean your coffee filter regularly. (Editor's note: Stainless steel or nylon filters usually get stuck with coffee fat or coffee fines after use, which can take time to clean and maintain, so please choose your coffee filter according to your brewing habits.) roastercoffees.com helps you get a better daily brew at home and get more about coffee.