Making a cup of coffee is not only a great way to start the day … it's also an art form. There are many ways to do it – French press, air press, mocha pot, pour over – depending on the equipment you have, the flavors you prefer and your preferred methods of preparation. If pouring is your go-to, you will need to invest in excellent coffee filters that are reliable, easy to use and don't add paper flavor to the mix.
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Hario V60 filters, from the Japanese coffee company known for its star gear, are the benchmark. This 200 ecru package – designed with a tab so you can open the top of the filter more easily – should last you for several months of brewing coffee each morning.
Hario also offers high quality white paper filters – bleached filters are known to leave less paper taste. These also come with a tab, for easy use, and with a pack of 300, you will be ready for a long time.
For a fabric coffee filter, hemp cannot be beaten – it is naturally resistant to bacteria and mold and more robust than cotton (hemp filters are designed to last 100 uses). It is also easy to clean: just rinse with hot water and air dry. This size is suitable for a variety of popular casting brands including Hario, Chemex, Melitta and Bodum.
This coffee filter is another great reusable choice for durability. It is made of food grade stainless steel, which resists the transmission of any residual flavor in your Joe cup, and is easy to clean between uses. The filter is ideal for conical overflows like the Chemex, and even comes with a small tray to hold it in place, which means you can also place it on a cup or carafe.