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Coffee Paper or Permanent Filters & Which Type of Coffee Filter is Better

Does the Type of Coffee Filter Affect the Brewed Coffee Taste?


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While some prefer to use paper filters in their coffeemaker and feel they're better when it comes to coffee taste, permanent coffee filters are becoming very popular with consumers. Does the type of filter affect the taste of brewed coffee? I've used both types of coffee filters and have not found any substantial taste difference. But you may prefer one type over the other and to help readers choose, please let us know your preference and why, in the Readers Respond section below.

A Look at Each Type of Coffee Filter

Coffeemakers often come with a permanent filter, but if your coffee machine does not have this accessory, you'll have to make a choice between paper or a permanent filter.

Paper filters are economical to use, since a package will last several days. They also make discarding coffee grounds quick and easy. But the main drawback to using paper is finding a supplier for the right size and style (cone or basket) that your coffeemaker requires. It's also advisable to keep a convenient supply on hand.

The main benefit of using a permanent filter in your coffeemaker is to reap the long-term savings. Though a package of paper filters at $3 or less may seem to be the most economical, a permanent filter at around $10 or so, will quickly pay for itself within the first few weeks, depending on how much coffee you make.

With a permanent filter, you'll never have to worry about replacing filters. Permanent coffeemaker filters are available in both styles - basket and cone shape, and while some prefer gold-tone filters for durability and improved coffee taste, others like the lower-priced nylon filters. Both types are durable and clean-up well. Permanent coffee filters are usually sized to fit most coffeemakers, but to ensure the best fit, purchase one designed for your particular coffee machine.

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