[Must Read] What To Look For When Buying A 5 Cup Reusable Coffee Filter

[Must Read] What To Look For When Buying A 5 Cup Reusable Coffee Filter

This article is designed as a guide to help you buy the most suitable 5 cup reusable coffee filter. Coffee filters require a bit of thought, and knowledge about the humble piece of coffee brewing equipment.

And like anything else where there is a variable, it is something that can be controlled, and it has the potential to change how your cup of coffee can and will taste.

Don’t worry, there is nothing complicated or complicated about them, just a few key things to know.

Keep reading as we dig down and talk about 5 cup reusable coffee filters.

What Is A Reusable Coffee Filter?

A reusable coffee filter is a mesh coffee filter made with either nylon or a fine stainless steel wire mesh. They are used for brewing coffee and permit the coffee to flow through the coffee grounds and the fine mesh and trap the coffee grounds, preventing them from getting into your cup of coffee.

Unlike paper filter they do not trap the coffee oil and the diterpenes, a healthy compound that has anti-inflammatory properties.

In the strictest sense, cotton cloth filters can be considered as a reusable coffee filter as you can use them many times.

However,

they do not last forever, like a metal mesh filter and will need to be replaced. This is why I call the semi-reusable coffee filters.

What Is A Reusable Coffee Filter
A reusable coffee filter

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 What To Consider – The Material

Something to think about is the material from which your reusable filter is made from. With a mesh filter there are two choices, which are nylon and metal. The metal is usually stainless steel but aluminum and even gold in rare cases.

Nylon is a polymer plastic material and, quite frankly, is best avoided. Since hot water, or more accurately, hot coffee, is in contact and passes through it, there is the potential for your coffee to become contaminated with xeno-estrogens and other chemicals.

At Latte Love Brew, we discourage the use of plastic in coffee brewing for these reasons.

This leaves you with a metal stainless steel reusable filter, which is a good choice. It functions well, but is not 100% perfect. Some tiny-micro particles of coffee make their way into your cup of coffee, not a lot, and it is rare. To be honest, it is not a big inconvenience.

Both a nylon and wire metal reusable filter allows all the coffee oil to get into your cup, ensuring that you get a delicious coffee that has a fuller flavor that has a heavier body.

A cloth filter, just in case you were curious, filters out some oils, but not all. None of the coffee grounds, even the tiny micro-particles make their way into your cup.

 What To Consider - The Material
A cotton cloth filter

Are Permanent Coffee Filters Better Than Paper?

Yes, in my humble opinion, permanent coffee filters are better than paper filters as the coffee produced is much better, fuller and does not remove and filter out those lovely coffee oils that add flavor and body to your coffee.

Also,

they do not cause any waste by ending up in the landfill and are much better for the environment.

What About The Shape?

The shape plays an important role for a reusable coffee filter. There are two basic shapes:

  • Conical
  • Flat bottomed.

Flat bottomed coffee filter are often called bucket filters and filter baskets due to their shape. The one draw back with this shape is that you might end up with an uneven extraction when you are making pour over coffee.

The solution is good barista skills. Maintain a pencil thin stream while you are slowly pouring in a circular manner. Take good care not to flood your coffee grinds.

With drip coffee, you need to ensure that your drip coffee machine is apt for this shape of filter and does give an even distribution of the hot water.

A conical or cone-shaped filter does not have this issue as under extraction is eliminated due to the way the hot water flows to a central point while passing through your coffee grounds while extracting.

How Do You Clean A Reusable Coffee Filter?

Clean your reusable coffee filter by hand by giving it a good rinse under the hot water tap after you have bashed out your coffee grounds. If there are any coffee grounds stuck in the filter give it a good run over with a hot soapy sponge to remove any coffee oils and any coffee particles that are stuck.

Give it a rinse with more warm water and then scrub with a nylon brush to remove any stubborn coffee grounds that are stuck.

Don’t scrub it aggressively in a way in which you may damage the wire mesh. Be careful and take care of it.

Then give it a good clean with a hot soapy sponge again to ensure that it is clean. Then rinse it in an abundance of water – you don’t want any soap in your coffee. If you so wish, at this point you can take the extra step of running it through your dishwasher.

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions Related To 5 Cup Reusable Coffee Filter

The questions below are questions that are frequently asked questions related to the subject of 5 cup reusable coffee filters. If you have a question related to this topic, we would be delighted to hear it, Look for us on social media and ask away!

How Many Times Can You Use A Reusable Coffee Filter?

You can reuse your coffee paper coffee filter a maximum of four times before you need to throw it out or on the compost pile. Strictly speaking, you can reuse a coffee filter as many times as you want to for as long as your coffee is still tasing great.

When your coffee starts to taste less than perfect, you can replace it with a new one.

Is A Reusable Coffee Filter Worth It?

Yes,

reusable coffee filters and permanent coffee filters are great for the environment as less waste goes into the landfill. Also, long term, you will spend less money on coffee filters, but overall you get a fuller bodied cup of coffee that has a fuller flavor.

Do Reusable Coffee Filters Work Well?

Yes,

reusable coffee filters work very well, but they are not perfect. Very fine coffee particles do make their way past fine mesh. This is very rare, but it does happen. Due to more coffee oils getting into your coffee, you end up with a cup of coffee that has a more complete taste and heavier body.

Can You Use A Wet Coffee Filter?

Yes,

it is recommended by us that you rinse your paper coffee filter, be it bleached or unbleached, to reduce the papery taste and any possible chemicals that may be in them. There is a lot of debate on the topic. I certainly suggest that you rinse it and if it causes you concerns, let it dry and then use it.

Either way, you can use a wet coffee filter without any adverse effects on the quality of your coffee.

Final Thoughts, Frappé Ing It All Up – 5 Cup Reusable Coffee Filter

If you have read this far and are thinking about buying a 5 cup reusable coffee filter you know exactly what to look for, how to clean it and have a good idea of which type is best for you and why.

Thank you reading!

Happy brewing!

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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