There are countless filter options for pour over coffee and trust me; I’ve tried many of them. One of the best filters I’ve found over the years has been the metal filter for making pour over coffee. They come in many different brands, but Barista Warrior & Apache make excellent filters that will last you a very long time.
What are the advantages of the Metal Coffee Filter?
The immediate advantage of the metal coffee filter is that it’s ZERO waste. You’ll have to throw away your ground coffee beans, of course, however, the metal filter itself can be used over and over for many years if cared for properly. Another advantage of a metal coffee filter is cost savings. The fact that you don’t need to buy a bunch of paper filters on a monthly basis is a huge cost saving over time as well. Keep in mind a good metal coffee filter might cost you more upfront, but in the long run, you’ll be saving so much more money to buy good coffee.
Does Metal Coffee Filter Taste Bad?
If you get a good quality metal filter for your pour over coffee maker, it shouldn’t leave any metallic taste to your coffee. I recommend this metal coffee filter from Barista Warrior.
Pour Over Coffee Metal Filter is Not Dripping
This is probably one of the most common occurrences when using reusable metal filters. The oils from the coffee and hard water are the two main culprits for clogging up a metal filter’s fine mesh.
Over time, if not cleaned properly, the metal filter mesh will eventually clog up and refuse to make coffee. Depending on how bad the clog is, you may need to just bite the bullet and buy a new metal filter.
I had a metal mesh coffee filter years ago that was so clogged up, I had to throw it away and buy a new one. This was due to my inexperience at the time and also being lazy not cleaning the metal filters right away.
How to care for metal coffee filters
After each use (don’t skip this), make sure you clean out your metal coffee filter with light soap and warm water, each time, without excuses. This will prevent any buildup of oils from you coffee beans and if you live in an area with hard water, this will also lessen the buildup of calcium on your filter. Everyday that I use my coffee filter for a pour over coffee, I clean it immediately. I realize this is much less convenient than simply throwing or disposing of your paper and used beans.