First I want to clarify I live in a city that does compost (Seattle). Also taste is not a concern for the sake of this discussion. Knowing that...

I am not sure what is a more environmentally friendly choice of a type of coffee filter between...

a. Unbleached paper coffee filters that are compostable

b. Cloth coffee filter that is easily rinsable with hot water

Does anyone know which one is the friendlier choice?

I guess it's you can also see it as a city compost vs use of hot water question.

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  • You may think of metal filters, as in French-press. Or, you can go radical and start brewing Turkish coffee, where no filter exists at all. – MT San Dec 7 at 15:11
  • What kind of coffee / brewing method do you prefer? From your question, it seems we are talking about pour-over? – Stephie Dec 8 at 8:32
  • @Stephie The method is irrelevant for this discussion? The question is: what is more friendly towards the environment? Composting coffee filters or washing reusable ones? – George W Dec 9 at 21:21
  • Well, it may not be irrelevant if you were considering filter-free methods as well. (No filter being possibly the most environmentally friendly?) If you prefer pour-over, the options are more limited. I asked for clarification about the scope of your question. But it seems you’re just allowing for two options at all. – Stephie Dec 9 at 21:46
  • @Stephie I see why you wanted clarification now :) – George W Dec 10 at 2:27

My choice is the Melitta “All natural bamboo filter”. Manufacturer claims “made with 40% bamboo” and “recycled paperboard” and “100% compostable filter paper”. I grind my beans using the Turkish setting for a super fine grind and use a hand poured one cup filter system which gives me a really super full rich taste. Michael Gamble

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  • Hello, while I do appreciate your suggestion this does not answer the question I am asking. Is composting coffee filters more friendly towards the environment than washing a reusable filter? – George W Dec 9 at 21:20

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