A little history on how the drip coffee filters came about. In 1908, Germany, Melitta Bentz was thinking of a better way to make a cup of coffee.
She made holes in the bottom of a brass pot, and then put a piece of paper in it, creating a 2 part filtration system, so the idea of coffee with filters was born.
She put the brass pot over a coffee cup, and put in the grounds, poured hot water over them, and the idea is still used today.
With coffee filters they are often sold by a designated numbers, Number two size filters fit 2 to 6 cup electric coffee machines, and 1 cup pour over coffee makers.
Number 4 size filters fit 8 to 12 cup coffee makers.
Melitta uses bamboo to make some of there filters, a natural resource that gives no bad effects to the flavour of your coffee.
These bamboo filters have micro holes to give the best extraction through your coffee grounds for flavour and taste.
They are made of 60% bamboo, and are chlorine and gluten free, and also there cone filters are double crimped so as never to burst open.
Melitta basket filters are made of a high quality and thicker paper then most other brands sold in stores.
They come in two sizes, a standard that fits the 8 to 12 cup electric coffee makers, and the junior size that fits the 4 to 6 cup electric coffee makers.
Melitta also sells a reusable coffee filter system for the Keurig single serve coffee makers. It consist of two cups, which can be washed and reused, along with 30 coffee filters, and is called the JavaJig.
Still one of the top coffee filter, and coffee makers, Melitta products are well known.
There cone shaped filters have been tested and proven to extract the best flavour from your coffee grinds.
The paper filters which come in natural and not bleached as many customers prefer them this way, and they also have the white filters that are bleached.
Filters need to be a certain size and shape, the most common in North America are the cone shaped #2,4 and 6, as well as the basket shaped filters in 8 to 12 cup sizes.
Typically the paper filters are made from the pulp coming from fast growing trees-Melitta uses Bamboo.
The filters are made of 20 micrometer wide filaments that allow 10 to 15 micrometer particles to flow through the grounds.
Also the papers need to be strong enough so they will not tear.
The resuable metal filters are often not fine enough a metal mesh, and they let micro fine particles of the coffee slip through, along with some of the coffee oils passing.Put these coffee oils will also give a lot of flavours to your brew making it rich and bold.
If you have ever used a French Press for your coffee, you will often notice there is sediment left on the bottom of your cup, and the metal filters do much the same leaving you with a rich flavoured coffee, and a bit of sediment.
The metal filters need to be removed and most of the grinds taken out, and given a good rinsing before using again.
The paper filters are able to stop the micro fine coffee particles, and some of the oils too.
So coffee put through a paper filter is often more sweet with a fruity taste.
For cleaning, well paper filters are easier, just remove and dispose, as most are biodegradable, as well as the coffee grounds which are high in nutrients like nitrogen, and potassium which will be good for the garden plants.
Which is Better, Metal or the Paper Filters
Well the reusable metal filters can cost from $5 and up in price, with the more expensive ones being able to last up to 6 or 7 years.
So in the long run the metal filters are cheaper then having to buy the paper filters.
With each one producing a bit of a different flavour from your coffee grinds.
So in conclusion the choice of which to use will usually depend on the individuals taste, and the dollars involved.
Bunn Coffee Filters
In 1957 George Bunn came up with the first coffee filters to be used for commercial coffee makers.
Later he added a fluted design to the filters, making them easier to handle with the higher sides, so less chance of spilling.
Then in 1963 Bunn-o-matic produced the first pour over coffee machine to be used commercially in restaurants.
The Bunn A10 paper coffee filter are made for the 8 to 10 cup brewers, and other home models.
The special paper used in these filters means you get a better extraction of the flavors through your coffee grinds.
They are designed for strength so they will not tear and spill out your coffee mix.
So if your looking for one of the best filters for a Bunn 8 to 10 coffee maker, then check out the price on Amazon.
Mr Coffee Filters
In 1972 Mr Coffee came up with its first drip coffee maker, and using paper filters for the grinds.
There fluted paper filters are also made of quality paper, with the white filters being oxygen bleached to avoid the possibility of any cancer causing dioxins.
Just check out Amazon for the filters.
You can purchase stainless steel filters for Cuisinart coffee makers that are a fine woven mesh, or the Cuisinart Gold Tone Filters.
These filters let all the rich coffee flavour taste come through, so you dont spent extra money on paper filters.
The Cuisinart GTF-Gold Tone Filters- fit the model DCC-3200, along with other models of Cuisinart that are listed on Amazon.
So if your looking for a permanent filter, to save yourself some money in the long run, check out the price on Amazon.
There is a universal Gold Tone coffee filter to fit 6 to 12 cup coffee maker models.
They have an oval shaped design making them user friendly with most coffee makers.
Being stretchable they can be easily adjusted for cone shaped, or basket shaped filters.
The height of this filter is 2.4 inches, so check your coffee maker first before buying,
There are no negatives for this product, and price can be checked on Amazon.
The Gold Tone brand o reusable coffee filters will fit Bonavita coffee makers.
These are precision made from surgical grade stainless steel with the woven mesh.
The plastic used is BPA free and enviromentally friendly, and should give many years of use, plus save you money not having to buy the paper filters.
They are also dishwasher friendly after giving them a rinse under water.
Reviews say this is a great product, with the only negative being that it does not fit properly into the Bonavita BV190 17S 8 cup coffee brewer
You can check the price out on Amazon.
When it comes to buying the paper filters you have probably asked yourself which one is better to buy- the bleached or unbleached.
The bleached coffee filters are safe to use and will not affect the coffee taste, as only a very small amount of bleach is used.
There are two types of bleaching, one uses chlorine, and the other oxygen, with oxygen being considered the better of the two, and usually means a better quality coffee filter.
The unbleached brown coloured filters will give you the same tasting coffee, and are enviromentally friendly.
With these natural filters it is best to wet them just before using.
The main thing is to chose a good quality paper filter, and not some of the thin cheaper ones, as they will let the water go through the grounds too fast, and affect the process of brewing.
With most of these filters it is best to use what is recommended for your coffee maker, and check on Amazon to be sure for a proper fit for your brand and model of coffee maker.
Water Filters for your Coffee Makers.
Many of todays coffee makers have water filters on them, and most will be the activated charcoal type.
The ones for Cuisinart are part number DCC-RWF by Nespira, and will remove chlorine, calcium, and other bad taste from your water, plus they will last for up to 60 days.
To find the price and Cuisinart models they fit check on Amazon.
With other brands of coffee makers check the proper water filter to use, then check Amazon to be sure you get the right fit.
If your searching for the proper filter for your coffee maker, then I hope this article has given you some help, and which to chose the paper filters,or the Gold Tone wire mesh filters.
Everything will depend on your own prefered taste for your brewed coffee, and the brand of coffee maker your using for filters.
Any comments are always appreciated,