by Joseph Molloy January 01, 2018 2 min read
If you're a fan of the Aeropress coffee maker, you know that one of the keys to delicious coffee is the type of filter you use. In this post, we'll explore the main types of filters available for Aeropress, how they can impact the flavour and quality of your coffee and help you decide what are the best Aeropress filters for you.
First, let's talk about Aeropress microfilters. These circular filters are 6-4cm in diameter and are made of fine, high-quality food-grade paper that removes grit and other impurities from your coffee. They're 4cm in diameter and come in packs of 350 which is enough to make 350 cups of Aeropress coffee. They also come along with every Aeropress coffee maker so are what every coffee lover starts their Aeropress journey with.
One of the benefits of using paper filters is that they're biodegradable and compostable, so you can feel good about using a sustainable product.
A type of reusable filter you can use with an Aeropress is a metal filter. These are made of stainless steel, so they're and recyclable and last forever.
They allow more of the coffee oils and tiny, ground coffee particles to pass through than paper filters to create a fuller-bodied cup.
We sell and recommend the Able Disk Fine filter from Able Brewing. It's made from stainless steel, is easy to clean and fits perfectly in the filter cap.
The final type of filter you can use with an Aeropress is a cloth filter. These are made from cotton or linen and can be reused many times. Cloth filters give you a cup of coffee that is full of flavour and a rich body, and they don't need to be changed as often as paper filters. No matter which type of filter you choose, they all work to give you a great cup of coffee. The Aeropress is a great way to make a delicious cup of coffee, and it's even better when you use the right filter.
That will depend on you. They are all inexpensive and produce delicious coffee. The type you choose does change the brewed coffee so try them all and see which you prefer.
The reusable Aeropress filters we like are the Able Disk but you might find you like the cloth filters. They also never run out but can be easily put into the compost by mistake if you aren't paying attention.
Aeropress paper filters are always a strong choice and we advise keeping a packet at home in case you do lose your Able Disk.
The best way to get started is to buy an Aeropress (or Aeropress Go), get yourself a bag of specialty coffee and get brewing!
If you need tips on brewing with your Aeropress read our Aeropress Brew Guide.
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