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What's The Difference Between Paper and Long-Lasting Filters

tl;dr: Permanent filters win on cost over time. Paper filters win on performance, clean-up, and health. Flavour is personal preference. Composting paper filters and spent grounds alleviates most of ...
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How do brown and white paper filters compare?

There are many difference between the two filters. In this website. it states that: Today, most white paper filters are whitened with oxygen. Oxygen whitening is much more friendly to the ...
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How can I make filtering my cold brew easier?

I tried making cold brew for the first time recently and I just poured the whole mess through the reusable metal screen filter that came with my cheap drip coffee machine. My drip machine is the ...
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How can I make filtering my cold brew easier?

Use a tea infuser! I got a tea infuser with a very fine mesh and put my grounds in that. It holds fewer grounds than I used with the "raw" plunge, but it's much more pleasant to use: I just pluck the ...
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Why do we need to fold the border of filters?

I did a little bit of research at the site of inventor of the coffee filter. It's Melitta from Germany. In the german FAQ I found the following: Warum falte ich Filterpapier vor dem Einlegen um? ...
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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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Is it safe to use paper towel as a filter when brewing?

Paper towels!? Knock yourself out! In this answer in Lifehacks.SE, the accepted answer includes instructions to create a coffee filter out of paper towels. The full instrctions: I tried to create ...
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How often do I need to change the filter on a siphon?

I've typically used the same cloth filter on a hario syphon for several (2 - 3 probably) months of continuous use (1 or 2 syphons daily). We clean the cloth after each use using a mild detergent, hot ...
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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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How can I make my coffee taste stronger using a french press or gold filter?

I enjoy my homemade French-pressed coffee more than anything I can buy at an espresso shop, though a long black is my preferred choice if I'm away from home. There are a couple of strengths of the ...
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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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Why does the filtrate sometimes well up in the upper cone when using the Chemex coffeemaker

Science! What follows is my bogus hypothesis, with pictures (annotated in the conventional style) and annotations to bolster my unsubstantiated claims. Other (non-Chemex) cone-style (and basket-style)...
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Certain Types of Coffee Machines Use Certain Filters?

Due to the fact that this is a lengthy question, I will try to be concise and to the point. In short, yes, all of these main types coffee makers use a different type or size of filter. Sometimes each ...
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Why do we need to fold the border of filters?

Here is what I found: Trying to tear out a proper filter is difficult. Filters do resist to boiling-water temperature. Trying to tear out a proper filter along the seam is quite easy. So, by folding ...
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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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Is it safe to use paper towel as a filter when brewing?

So as far as I can tell, some kitchen towel can contain a variety of potentially nasty chemicals, including bleach. While it's only likely to be trace amounts, I'd avoid doing this except in an ...
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Reusing paper filter by placing metallic net filter in it

Brewed coffee ages like milk. As soon as it is brewed its flavor begins to degrade and deteriorate, which is why it always tastes much better freshly brewed. While you may not necessarily taste the ...
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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 can I make my coffee taste stronger using a french press or gold filter?

I think you are going to have a hard time achieving what you are trying to do with the tools you are describing. Espresso is a very specific brewing method that produces a very specific type of ...
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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 often do I need to change the filter on a siphon?

I'll add in my cleaning routine for my Yama siphon. I use the standard Yama cloth filters, and my cleaning routine is (a) rinse thoroughly after each brew, (b) every 10 brews or so soak it in vodka ...
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Does instant coffee give a lesser buzz/high than conventional filter/french press coffee?

Caffeine content varies greatly by preparation and brew method. Instant coffee is generally designed to produce something close to a cup of drip coffee. "Cups" is unfortunately not well defined and ...
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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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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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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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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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