Paper or Reusable Coffee Filters, Pros and Cons

Ah, the perfect up of coffee…some say it is dependent upon the type of coffee you use. Some say it is
more reliant on your brewing method. Others say it depends on whether or not your beans are freshly
ground. It certainly could be all of the above, but let’s not forget about the filter. Yep, the type of coffee
filter you use can also play a starring role in creating the perfect cup of Joe. Whether or not you choose
paper or reusable coffee filters can affect your overall coffee drinking experience – from the taste, to
your health, to the environment (not kidding), to ease of use, right down to the cost!
Let’s start with cost. If you’re looking for the most inexpensive way to enjoy your coffee, a permanent
coffee filter is definitely the best option – the cheapest being reusable coffee filters made of nylon.
If you’re looking for the least amount of hassle, paper filters are disposable so they can simply be
thrown away as opposed to cleaned.
In terms of health, paper filters can trap coffee oil, which is said to increase cholesterol. Coffee oil can
more easily pass through permanent coffee filters.
Both options are friendly to the environment, as permanent coffee filters don’t contribute to
accumulated waste and paper filters – although made from trees – are biodegradable.
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty – taste! A paper coffee filter may result in a sweeter brew, while
synthetic coffee filters can alter the taste of coffee, depending on the type of filter used. Unbleached
coffee filters can also alter coffee taste more than a bleached paper filter. As far as freshness, coffee
brewed with a permanent filter may taste a little fresher and richer.

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