[Read This] 5 Cup Coffee Filter - What To Look For In A Coffee Filter!

[Read This] 5 Cup Coffee Filter – What To Look For In A Coffee Filter!

Finding the best and most suitable 5 cup coffee filter for your coffee maker is an important task. The better the quality of the filter, the better your cup of coffee will be.

It’s the Ferrari principle. Use all the best components and parts, and you will get the best results. One thing that is overlooked is the humble coffee filter.

A paper filter?

Bleached or unbleached?

What about cotton cloth filters and metal mesh filter?

And let’s not forget about the role that the shape of the coffee filter plays, and it effects on the end result.

If that all sounds complicated don’t worry – we are here to help you!.

Keep reading as we dig down on this topic and help you to get the best 5 cup coffee filter.

5 Cup Coffee Filter Overview

There are, as we touched base on earlier, a number of different coffee filters to choose from, all of which have their effect on the final result.

What Size Filter Should You Use With Your 5 Cup Coffee Maker?

The most important part is to use the correct size of filter. For your 5 cup coffee maker, #2 is the correct size for conical shaped filters. For a basket shaped coffee filter, also known as a flat bottomed filter, the correct size is the junior size.

95% of all coffee makers will use a #2 or #4 coffee filter. A coffee machine with a 6-cup brewing capacity will use a #2 paper filter.

What Size Filter Should You Use With Your 5 Cup Coffee Maker
A 5 cup bucket style coffee filter

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Paper Coffee Filters – Bleached Or Unbleached

The decision once you have the right size of paper filter is whether you want to use a bleached or unbleached filter.

These are easily identifiable by their color. The bleached ones are those white filters. They have been processed with oxygen and chemicals to achieve that bright white color. The whole process is intensive and not all that environmentally friendly.

Coffee lovers have a preference for those due to the brown paper filter producing an ever so slight papery taste. The bleached filters, I really don’t like the idea of chemicals in my coffee and since you are brewing with hot water that might happen.

If you opt for the unbleached paper, or even the bleached ones, rinse them well with warm water before you use them. At the very minimum, you will reduce the papery taste.

Paper Coffee Filters - Bleached Or Unbleached
Unbleached filters

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What About The Shape Of Your Coffee Filter?

The shape of your coffee filter will influence how your coffee will taste. Seriously! Any single variable can change how your coffee is, from size, to shape, to material, brewing temperature, grind size, brew time and so on.

Flat bottomed coffee filters due to their shape and functionality may cause an uneven extraction of the coffee ground. This is not really an issue for you if you have excellent pour over skills and can maintain that pencil thin steam while pouring in a circular fashion while not flooding your coffee grounds.


with drip coffee makers if they don’t have a spray that ensure an even flow of the water over your coffee grounds you might not get an even extraction.

Conical filters do not have this problem due to shape and the way in which the water is “funnelled” to a point. There is no issue relating to under or uneven extraction of your grounds.

What About Permanent Reusable Filters?

While coffee filter papers results in a clean, crisp taste that is fresh and light bodied, you can expect a cup of coffee that is fuller, deeper and more robust when you use a metal filter.

Metal coffee filters do not filter out the coffee oils and allow more of them to flow into your cup of coffee. Being reusable they are much better for the environment.

An alternative and a halfway house between a paper filter and reusable metal filters are cotton cloth filters. You can reuse cloth filters to an extent, and you will get somewhat of a crisp cup of coffee but not as much had you used a paper filter. You coffee will be bold and full bodied, but not as much had you used a metal filter.

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions – Related To 5-Cup Coffee Filter

The questions below are related to this topic and were emailed to us by readers. If you have a question about this topic, please do ask us, we will be delighted to answer it for you.

How Many Cups Is A #4 Coffee Filter?

A #4 coffee filter for 8 to 10 cups of coffee if you have a non-electric coffee brewer. For electric coffee makers, it is designed for 8 to 12 cups.

How Many Cups Does A 5-Cup Coffee Maker Make?

A 5 cup coffee maker makes 5 cups of coffee.

The standard measurement for a cup is usually 6 ounces (180 ml) meaning a 5 cup coffeemaker can brew up to 30 ounces or 900 ml. Since I like a 12 ounce cup of coffee, I would only get 2.5 cups out of a 5 cup coffee maker.

Does It Matter What Coffee Filter You Use?


anything that can alter the flavor and composition of your coffee matters. The filter that you use can change the composition of your coffee – more or less of the coffee oils, for example, and will make your coffee taste better (or worse) depending on your own personal taste and change the body of the coffee to having more or less body.

Final Thoughts, Frappé-Ing it All Up, 5 Cup Coffee Filter

You have in this article all you need to know and think about when looking for a 5 cup coffee filter for your coffee maker. Take all that you have read and learned in this article and think about which one will help you to make the best and most tasty cup of coffee as per your own personal liking.

Coffee is love, it's more than love — it's a passion of mine. I've had the luck to have travelled and enjoyed the most exotic of coffee's and unique flavors, brewing methods and techniques of making the perfect coffee from Thai hill tribe coffee to Indonesian volcanic coffee, Malaysian coffee that comes in a tea bag and the array of flavors in Vietnam, from Vanilla to Orange to Coconut to Avocado to even salt coffee and the famous egg coffee. The best part of my coffee adventures is getting to mix with the locals over a nice brew and learning how they make it! I'm cited and referenced on Google Scholar for the topic of coffee.

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