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Is it safe to use paper towel as a filter when brewing?

Coffee filters are subject to food grade standards. They aren't just convenient shapes and stronger than paper towels, they have substantially less toxins i.e. bleach byproducts such dioxins (strong ...
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How do I effectively clean a metal Chemex filter?

This problem seems quite normal. Over time, the little holes are filled up with small coffee grounds and stuck there by the help of gluing force of grease. This grease is extracted during brewing ...
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It is possible to completely dissolve coffee grounds while cleaning a metal filter?

I'm not a chemist, but I'm confident that you won't be able to dissolve coffee dust using conventional cleaning methods. I think the chemical solutions you describe are primarily aimed at dissolving ...
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How can I make filtering my cold brew easier?

Well this idea was not entirely mine. Some of my senior colleagues gave me this idea a long time ago. When I make Cold Brew, what I do is: First simply let the coffee grounds steep in the water (no ...
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What's The Difference Between Paper and Long-Lasting Filters

I love good strong coffee. To lose flavor is a deal breaker. I tried the gold mesh filter and it is un-acceptable to me. I went back to paper. I was told that because of the screen mesh bottom the ...
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French-press v.s. manual pour over brewing quality

First things first, let's put the difference between French press and manual pour-over: French-press: Coffee and water stay in the same container during brewing. The water is not very close to ...
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How do I effectively clean a metal Chemex filter?

I would advise against using soap to clean anything coffee related. As a simple measure, just use boiling water to loosen the oils. You can also use citric acid (the recommended cleaner for coffee ...
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How do I effectively clean a metal Chemex filter?

The only thing that I've found that I've found that works elegantly, quickly, and completely is ultrasonic cleaning. After boiling with vinegar water, lots of rubbing and scrubbing, high pressure ...
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How do I effectively clean a metal Chemex filter?

I tried boiling in vinegar and washing in the dishwasher over my bottle jets the other day. It did improve the flow situation greatly, but the filter was still brown. So I ordered urnex coffee ...
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Is it Okay to Reuse One-time Coffee Filter Cups for Coffee Pods?

If you can remove the coffee grounds/filter and replace just those, then yes it will be safe from a health perspective. The plastic in the filter "cone" should be food safe, though durability may be ...
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Is it safe to use paper towel as a filter when brewing?

Doesn't every paper towel contains chemicals (bleach, perfume, etc), some more than others. The one's that don't use chemicals will leave a bad flavour. Coffee filters use special techniques to avoid ...
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How can I make filtering my cold brew easier?

I've also taken a hint from the tea world and decided to just bag it! I've had good results using a cotton bag with a draw string top to hold my ground coffee. Dump the coffee in the bag, cinch the ...
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How can I make filtering my cold brew easier?

Container brew and discard the sludge As detailed in this answer, make the cold brew in a container. The grounds will settle to the bottom. When you serve yourself, pour gently and the grounds will ...
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Is it safe to use paper towel as a filter when brewing?

Chlorine and its derivatives such as hypo- chlorite and chlorine dioxide should not be used to make recycled paper. Paper towels are sometimes bleached with elemental chlorine (chlorine gas), which ...
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Is it safe to use paper towel as a filter when brewing?

Just tried it with a bounty paper towel. Made a satchel out of a piece of it and left the top open in a cup shape seal and lowered it into the heated water had to make sure the grinds where covered ...
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Reusing paper filter by placing metallic net filter in it

When you use two filters instead of one, first a courser filter (metal) and then a finer filter (paper), you believe you are extending the life of the finer filter, but in reality you are doing the ...
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What's The Difference Between Paper and Long-Lasting Filters

It seems everybody tends to see only the bad side of cafestol such as elevated cholesterol but no-one mentions it being a strong anti-carcinogenic. Health wise, I prefer the permanent one as ...
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What's The Difference Between Paper and Long-Lasting Filters

The discussion refers to hemp/muslin filters but the pros/cons do not include any experiences with these filters. Just a short note for reference: In terms of taste, hemp/muslin filters outperform ...
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Does instant coffee give a lesser buzz/high than conventional filter/french press coffee?

This is a bit more complex than it seems at first blush. The reason why instant coffee may have more caffeine than your typical brewed coffee is that it's usually Robusta instead of Arabica coffee. Or ...
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How do I effectively clean a metal Chemex filter?

Use a water flosser, like waterpik to blast the coffee oils out. I tried boiling and vinegar, no use. Mini-pressure washer worked best. Water moves through the filter much faster.
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French-press v.s. manual pour over brewing quality

It's relatively difficult to define quality differences without knowing how you're grinding it. Grinding may be the most influential aspect in your case. If you're grinding with just a basic blade ...
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Large scale cold brewing - Mesh bag technique - What size mesh is best?

I have had bags made up in China. 30cm x 30cm 100 micron is best for stepping. Put 5kgs of coffee in each bag and filter it a second time straight out of the tap. Ohhhh and never squeeze the bags.
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French press vs simple filter, is French press equipment really necessary?

The simple answer is, no. You don't really need the exact French-press equipment to prepare a drinkable cup of French-press coffee. However, the equipment is very likely to ease your preparation. ...
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What is the most environmentally friendly type of coffee filter?

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 ...
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Do reusable hemp filters filter out cafestol?

Dried and cured hemp will absorb liquids, so they do filter some oil. The material isn't as porous as paper though, so it won't absorb as much as paper. Consider it in between metal and paper in this ...
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South Indian filter not brewing properly

Perhaps the coffee has absorbed moisture while stored. I'd suggest buying some very fresh coffee and trying that. If the problem goes away, it's the old coffee that's the problem. If the problem still ...
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French-press v.s. manual pour over brewing quality

From experience, the french press can produce a better flavoured / bolder cup of coffee in my opinion; however paper filters produce a more consistent flavour/body (better quality). For me, quality ...
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Large scale cold brewing - Mesh bag technique - What size mesh is best?

Have you looked into these stainless steel cold brew systems at all? Reusable filter, no mesh bags to clean. Good for the environment and easy to use.
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Large scale cold brewing - Mesh bag technique - What size mesh is best?

I've been testing out our latest releases (at the coffee company where I work) and found that I needed to brew them all in the same style to really compare the nuance of each roast. I decided to go ...
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Water Filtration for Cold Brew Vending

I typically buy the giant water jugs that they use for office water coolers. They sell them at nearly all grocery stores and compared to coffee, it's pretty inexpensive. I'd say if it starts taking ...
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