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Cloth Filter Coffee (Best Brew Tips)

Have you tried an amazing cloth filter coffee? 

The traditional cloth filter is one of the most inexpensive products around and still has the same basic design.

The design consists of a cotton piece held by a round metal wire.

All cloth filter coffee filters predate paper filter’s invention in 1906.

These were the norm for filtered coffee before the 20th century.

Cloth Filter Coffee – Steps to Brewing in Style

Step .1

Rinse your filter with hot water to get rid of any unwanted flavours.

Step .2

Now add your ground coffee to the filter.

Shake filter a little to help the coffee settle into filter.

Step .3

Pour around 50-60 ml of the heated water to the coffee grounds in a slow circular motion.

The coffee should bloom up and be active. Wait about 30 seconds before proceeding.

Step .4

Keep adding the leftover water to the grounds. Your full brew time should be around 3 minutes.

Step .5

Now clean your filter if not dispoasable.

You will want to maintain the filters freshness, so once you’ve emptied the grinds, scrub it with a brush under hot tap water.

Try not ot let it dry, now store filter in a ziplock bag and stick it in the fridge until the next time you use.

How do you Clean a Fabric Coffee Filter? Cloth Filter Coffee Tips

First you are going to want ot remove the old ground coffee. This can be done by rinsing the filter under running water.

Next you will need to boil some water and soak the fabric coffee cloth twice for about 10 minutes each time. This will ensure all the coffee oils and coffee fines are removed from the cloth.

Once the cloth filter is visibly very clean, let it dry out on a rack.

Paper Vs Metal Coffee Filters

Paper Filter Pros & Cons

Pros include:

  • Reduces the amount of sediment (fines) in your coffee
  • Paper-filtered coffee is brighter in flavor and lighter in body
  • Paper filters reduce the amount of cafestol, a coffee oil that’s been implicated in raising cholesterol levels
  • Paper filters cost less per pack
  • Much easier to clean up when you use a paper coffee filter

Cons include:

  • You need to keep buying filters
  • They contribute to deforestation
  • Bleached paper filters may leach dioxin, a hazardous chemical used in bleaching, into your coffee
  • Paper absorbs a lot of the coffee oils that contribute to the flavor and body of your coffee
  • Paper filters may make your coffee taste like paper

Metal Filter Pros & Cons

Pros include:

  • Never run out of coffee filters
  • Your coffee will have richer flavor, fuller body
  • Metal coffee filters will cost you more up front but save in long run
  • They don’t contribute to deforestation or add to the waste

Cons include:

  • Harder to clean up
  • You will end up with more fines in the cup
  • Increase the amount of cafestol, a coffee oil that’s been implicated in raising cholesterol levels
  • Cost you more up front

But above all buy what suits you and the equipment you are using. The type of filter you use will dictate the flavours you get in each cup. Try both out to see what you like.

Best Cloth Filter Coffee Sock

If pour over coffee is your thing then your best bet is to purchase a Cloth filter coffee sock from Coffee Sock. Buy Sock here!

But if metal is more you thing then the best product for pour over coffee is the long lasting Kone Metal filters. Buy Metal Filters here!

Exploration and testing is key when producing wonderful cups of coffee.

So good luck with your Cloth Filter Coffee creations!

Other amazing methods of coffee brewing coffee include:

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