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I'm looking for a flat bottom paper filter that fits a basket about 3" on the bottom and 2.5" high. #2 cone filters work, but are really not ideal. The basket belongs to a Cuisinart coffee maker.

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There are "basket-shaped" filters, which I think is what you're looking for. In my area, they're just as common as "Melitta-style" cone-shaped filters; you should be able to find them at most markets / grocery-stores. They come in various sizes; you're probably looking for one of the smaller ("junior size") variety.

From this previous answer, here's a picture of what you're looking for, I think: a basket-style filter:

basket filter

You can also find them online -- one example of the "junior size" basket filter, which is what I think you want based on what you said about the size of the machine/filters. There are 3 main sizes (and probably more): "junior size" (for ~2-6 cup machines -- as linked above), the most common normal/medium size (for 8-12 cup machines), and the large/extra-large size (for large/commercial 20+ cup machines).

They tend to be inexpensive and come in large packs... I hope you drink a lot of coffee ;-)

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    You can always use the excess for crafts, experiments etc. Or line flowerpots, then transplant without shocking the roots. Or keep them for a really long time until used up, they don't spoil ^_^ – Stephie May 4 '16 at 9:56

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