Making the Perfect Pour Over Coffee Starts with the Filter

Making pour over coffee is becoming increasingly popular. It’s an enjoyable, hands-on process that allows you to customize your cup of coffee and make it exactly how you like it. But there are a few things you need to know before you start — most importantly, choosing the right filter for your pour over brewer. Read on to learn more about how to choose the best pour over filter for your needs. 

Types of Filters 

The first step in choosing the right filter for your pour over coffee setup is understanding the different types of filters available. The two main types of filters are paper and metal. Metal filters are usually made from stainless steel or bronze and have a much longer lifespan than paper filters. They also don’t affect the flavor of the coffee as much as paper filters do, but they can be harder to use and require more cleaning after each use. Paper filters are easier to use, less expensive, and don’t require as much cleanup afterwards, but they will affect the flavor since they absorb some of the oils from the beans during brewing. 

Size Matters 

The size of your filter will also be important when choosing one for your pour over brewer. If you have a large carafe with a wide opening, then you’ll want a larger filter so that it fits properly in place without spilling any grounds outside of the carafe during brewing. Conversely, if you have a small carafe with a narrow opening then you’ll want to get a smaller filter that won’t take up too much space inside your carafe while still providing plenty of room for grounds and water flow during brewing. 

What About Natural Materials? 

If you want something other than metal or paper filters, then there are lots of options out there made from natural materials like cotton or bamboo. These kinds of filters can provide an even better cup of coffee since they don’t absorb any oils from the beans like paper filters do, plus they can be reused multiple times before needing to be replaced which makes them great if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option. However, keep in mind that these kinds of filters tend to be more expensive than their metal or paper counterparts so budget accordingly. 

Choosing the right filter for your pour over brewer is essential if you want to make sure that each cup tastes just as good as it should. When making this decision think about what kind (metal vs paper) will work best for your setup as well as what size (large vs small) will fit properly in place without spilling any grounds outside during brewing. Finally, consider natural materials like cotton or bamboo if you’re looking for something reusable and eco-friendly but keep in mind that these options can often be more expensive than traditional options. With all this information now at hand, go forth and make delicious cups of pour over coffee.

OK, I admit I’m still playing a bit with the options that are both the right size and material for my particular maker. The Chemex options best fit the makers I have and seem to not let any grounds through. Of course, your pour technique may vary your results. Please note that if you purchase from clicking on the link, I will get a tiny bit of that sale to help keep this site going.