Ask anyone who’s ever had the unfortunate experience of living with me, I am not a morning person. I won’t look at my phone until I’ve had at least two cups of coffee and a joint or three. While I’m not one of those snobs who insist on mountain grown organic, I want to make the most of the cheap stuff I can afford. The easiest way to do this is to use a metal filter. But why you ask?
Flavor is in the oil
When you’re using a paper filter, it’s absorbing most of oil’s from the coffee and thus, most of the flavor from the coffee. This means that even if you’re using $30 per pound coffee, you’re wasting your money.
This is also a big part of why coffee made in a French press tastes so much more robust. It’s also why you don’t see paper filters on espresso machines and why a properly pulled shot will have a small layer of natural oils on the top.
But my coffee maker doesn’t have a metal filter.
That might be true but the good news is that you can find a metal filter that will fit, normally for the same price as you’re going to pay for a pack of paper filters. Most of the time you can find them at your local grocery store and if not just look on Amazon.
It’s way better for the environment.
While I am not a hippie, I try to do my part to not trash the place we’re all living and little things add up, including coffee filters.
Let’s say I make two pots a day though it tends to be more (don’t judge), that’s 14 filters a week, 56 per month and a grand total of 672 coffee filters. By simply spending $6 on a metal filter, I’ve kept a lot of unnecessary waste out of the landfill, not to mention all the bs it takes to produce the things.
On that note, screw those stupid ass Keurigs or any of the various pod coffee makers. They’re wasteful and way more expensive than anything other than going to a coffee shop plus they’re loud and the coffee tastes like shit.
If you have a water filter, which nowadays you probably should, you need to be using it since it also plays a major role in how good the coffee tastes. If you can taste the difference between tap water and filtered water, you’ll be able to taste the difference in your coffee as well.
It’s not that hard to make even inexpensive coffee taste great, if you pay attention to what you’re doing and, more importantly why you’re doing it a certain way. Life kinda works the same way. We do things a certain way all our life and never question why or if there’s a better way….
And yes, grinding whole beans right before you brew also makes a difference but those things are way too loud for me to deal with in the morning.