How to Use Coffee Filter Papers
Coffee filter papers are a must have for any coffee connoisseur. If you’ve just bought your first set of papers, or want to know how to perfect the art of brewing filtered coffee, then this article is just what you need. Overall, filtered coffee is an easy and pain free way to brew deliciously smooth coffee, but as with all things, practice makes perfect! Follow our guide below as we help you become an expert brewer. If you’re new to brewing coffee and aren’t sure what filter papers are then check out our guide to what coffee filter papers are and how they work.
Coffee Filters: Your How to Guide
Although filter papers are relatively simple to use when compared to other brewing methods, there’s still a technique to it. To make everything that much easier we have prepared a comprehensive guide for making coffee with filter paper. This will help you create the perfect brew and teach you how to use coffee filter paper to make the most from your grounds.
- First you will need to prepare your filter paper. It’s important to know how to fold coffee filter paper correctly so it’s wise to practice before your first brew. To do this, fold your paper in half, and then fold in half again. For this step we always advise reading any instructions on the paper’s packaging beforehand to double check. You may find you have to also fold the small crimped edges at the bottom and along one side of the paper, this will provide added support and a better fit. Why we fold the coffee filter is simple, to layer the paper and provide support for the weight of the water and the coffee within.
- Then you want to place a finger between the 3rd and 4th layers of the filter paper and open this up into a funnel shape.
- Place the conical shaped filter paper inside your coffee dripper.
- This next step is optional. Run boiling water over your filter paper and allow it to drip through to your mug. Pour this water away and place your filter paper back on the receptacle. If you find filter papers produce a starchy taste then this can solve that issue and can also help the coffee filter through easier.
- Measure your coffee; the amount that you use is dependent on the desired strength of your brew and how many cups you are brewing for. If you have whole beans then you will need to grind these next. A coarse grind is best. If you are using pre-ground beans then ensure these are also of a course grind. A good measure to help you achieve a coarse grind is to grind until the coffee looks like sand, if it looks like powder then it has been ground too finely.
- Boil your water and let this sit for 30 seconds.
- Pour a small amount of water over your grounds and let them bloom for one minute. Pour the water in a circular motion over the coffee ensuring that all of the grounds are immersed. Blooming helps the coffee release it’s delicious taste and aroma through degassing.
- After the minute is up, add the remaining hot water. Do this slowly, aiming for the middle of your grounds.
- Then we wait! The time it takes for your coffee to brew depends on how much you are making. For one cup it can take between 2-3 minutes. If your coffee is dripping directly into your mug then remove the dripper and you are good to go! If you are filtering coffee into another appliance then remove your filter paper and you’re ready to pour.
The filter paper method is different to other coffee filter brewing equipment as the papers are disposable, therefore it’s very important to know when to change your coffee filter paper. You want to use a new paper for every brew, if you re-use a paper then it may weaken and the weight of the coffee will break through the bottom. The papers are disposable and often bio-degradable so they are very easy to dispose of. If you have used a dripper then this will need to be washed, however a light rinse will dispose of any grounds or coffee that has clung to the inside.
Aeropress: How to Guide
Filter papers for the Aeropress are different to those described above. These filters are small, round, and fit snug within your machine. The filter is put within the bottom of your Aeropress, underneath the removable lid, as this is where the grounds will be plunged into. Similarly to the paper filters mentioned above, these are disposable and suitable for only one brew per filter. Once you have brewed your coffee into your mug, remove the filter and grounds and dispose of these, and then you need to clean your machine.
Chemex: How to Guide
If you’re using a round filter then you will fold the papers as described above. If you’re using a square filter paper you want to fold across and then open it from the centre. For both options you will notice that 1 side of the paper has one layer, and the other has three. This is why we fold coffee filter papers; the side with three layers protects the paper’s integrity. When using the Chemex, place the side with three layers is sat on the side of the spout. You then brew the coffee in the same manner as listed above.
Hario V60: How to Guide
The Hario V60 is a great model of dripper that is used by many coffee connoisseurs. The paper filter is arguably the most popular filter method for the Hario V60 and the good news is that to brew with a paper filter you just have to follow the instructions in our How to Guide.
Now you know how to use your coffee filter papers correctly, all that’s left to do is practice, practice, practice! Once you have perfected the skill you will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful aroma and delicious taste of your favourite coffee.