Freshly brewed coffee is among the most appreciated drinks by Brazilians. After all, that tasty smell we feel when water comes in contact with the coffee powder makes everyone’s mouth water. Strained or filtered coffee is simple to brew and can be made excellently at home or in the office. Just have a good coffee, fresh and properly ground, water at the right temperature – it can’t boil so you don’t burn the dust – and a type of filter to choose from.

And the choice of this last item will be the subject of the article. Let’s talk about the types of filter to filter coffee – cloth, paper or stainless steel – and what are the differences and cautions when using each one.

Cloth Strainer

Differentials – Perhaps most important is the memory of her grandmother’s house and the quieter days with time to enjoy her extraction. In fact, it is not the most practical type of coffee brewing filter as it needs to be well cleaned and properly cleaned after use. But the drink will be slightly fuller when compared to paper, and will contain more oils. Aroma and taste will also be added to the final result.

Care – The cloth strainer is valid for two to three months. If you make coffee every day in the same colander, you have to change it in a month. While in use, the tip, between coffee and another, is to wash without soap and store in a container with water in the refrigerator, not to create bacteria. It is recommended to use it moist before pouring coffee for extraction. This care has another benefit: the cloth will not smell like old coffee, which can certainly pass to the next coffee.

Paper strainer

Differentials – It’s practical and easy to use. On paper, water passes faster and absorbs oils more. So you can make the coffee a little less full-bodied But on the other hand, you do not risk having any different residue or taste.

Cautions – These filters should not be reused as they are disposable. To eliminate paper odor and residue, the filter should be soaked in hot water before pouring coffee for extraction.

Metal strainer

Differentials – Made of stainless steel (similar to the one created by the company Able Brewing ), they have minimal holes, allowing a constant flow of the beverage while minimizing the amount of sediment. To clean, simply wipe or wash with hot water. This type of filter will not much retain the essential oils of coffee, as with paper. However, it keeps the drink temperature better. The problem for some people is still finding some dust residue that it inevitably misses.

Cautions – First, you need to put the coffee powder inside the filter (if the beans are ground into small pieces, the coffee has a chance to taste better). Then, after placing the filter on a container, it is necessary to slowly distribute the water through the filter, otherwise the water will not stay long enough in the funnel and the drink may be weak.

Regardless of the choice of coffee filter type, it is worth remembering here another issue: sustainability. Paper filters are disposable and thus generate more waste, while cloth and stainless steel filters can be reused longer. Thus, from the perspective of sustainability, considering not only the life span in nature, but also its production process and quantity used, will be the cloth and stainless steel, less aggressive to the environment.

However, whatever your preference, cloth, paper or stainless steel strainer, know that everyone is able to extract the best aromas of your coffee. But here is one more tip: invest in coffees with fine or at most average grinding. Thus the aromas and flavors of your drink can be well extracted by these types of filters.