For years, all we knew were the paper coffee filters that our parents used and tossed every morning. When we bought a new coffee maker for our own home recently, we got one of these, which we think are genius...
It's a very simple idea: The coffee filter is reusable. It's made of stainless steel, which allows water to pass through the grounds without altering the taste. Some people claim these mesh filters allow more of the coffee oils to get through, resulting in better flavor.
We just like the fact that we're not throwing out a paper filter every day. This one is a cinch to rinse out, although you can also put it in the dishwasher.
Our one question is why all of the versions we see are "gold toned." We can't find a good explanation as to why the stainless steel is a gold color. Maybe something to do with how the metal might react with the coffee grounds?
The filter above is for a Cuisinart coffee maker, and you can get it here:
We know Krups has reusable gold tone filters for their models. And we've seen hemp filters, made exactly like generic paper filters but reusable, on Amazon.
Who else uses these filters? Any favorites?
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