When I opened the filter I found some pretty simple instructions that were well done. The other side of the card asked for either a positive review on Amazon or else an email if you weren’t happy.
A couple of notes about the instructions: I think rather than “soak” I would have used the word “bloom.” The idea should be that if your coffee is fresh (and ours always is), then you should start your brew by slowly wetting the grounds and allowing them to bloom for a few seconds.
Step five I totally disagree with. Stirring the grounds creates a brew that is more akin to an immersion brew, which kinda defeats the whole purpose of doing a pour over. Leave them alone!
On step six, they adhere to one of two philosophies on pour over coffee making, namely pouring in several small bursts. I prefer a slower, constant pour. Either way, be sure to use a timer and a scale. You want to use 16 ounces of water (by weight) for each ounce of coffee grounds. Also, your total brew time should be 2-5 minutes, depending on how big of a batch you are brewing. I always start my day with an 8 cup Chemex (I share), which brews right at five minutes.
Finally, notice the cleanup instructions. They’re solid. Take good care of your gear and it will take good care of you.
Getting back to the filter itself.
It fits very nicely under my Kitchenaid grinder, which allows me to grind right into the filter. I like that. One note here. I’m using a filter stand that did not come with this thing. If they could include something like that, it would be nice.
The filter itself is nice construction. It seems solid enough, with no rough edges. The rubber gasket around the top edge is a nice touch. If you’re not careful it will come off. It protects a metal edge which is kinda sharp, but more importantly, it creates a better seal around the top of the filter, just in case you pour too fast and the filter overflows. You don’t want grounds getting into your brew.
This thing is a great filter and a solid value. Especially when you consider that a single box of 100 paper filters will set you back twice the cost of this thing. One final note here. The reason I had to buy a new filter is that the little cone at the bottom of my old filter broke and fell out. This filter shares the same design, but I’m not really sure if there’s a way to get around that. Granted, the incident happened when one of my kids was dumping used grounds into my compost bin. I didn’t see it happen, so there may have been extenuating circumstances that the filter just wasn’t meant for.
Either way, this is a solid value, and a great addition to your pour-over coffee set up.
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