Filter coffee is one of the favourite methods of brewing amongst coffee connoisseurs for many reasons. It tastes great, it’s simple to brew, and it’s hassle free. Our range of speciality coffee to brew with a filter includes ground, whole bean, blends and single origin; so, whatever your preference, there’s something for you! Our varied selection of filter coffee is perfect for use with any brewing method requiring a filter, whether it’s Chemex, dripper, or any other pour-over method. For the best brewing results opt for a finely ground coffee, or if you prefer to grind your own then select your favourite beans and produce your own find grind.
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Making Filter Coffee
Despite being one of the most effective ways to get the most from your grounds, filter coffee has become the often-overlooked sibling of the Cafetiere and the Espresso. When brewed correctly, filter coffee is a low hassle way to produce a great tasting cup of your favourite beans. Now, the real question is this…how do you correctly brew filter coffee? Well, it all starts with picking the right filter papers.
Once you’ve got your hands on the best filter papers around, here’s what to do. Pre-heat the serving cup with a little hot water (for the best drinking experience). You will find that some brewers require you to pour the hot water directly onto the grounds yourself, while others will heat the water for you to the perfect temperature and then pump it onto your grounds automatically, at the best rate for optimal extraction. If you’re not sure which method your brewer uses then it is best to check before we begin to ensure you’re left with the best cup of coffee possible. Check out our full brewing guide for pour over and dripper for further details.
It’s important to know that the filter coffee brewing method is ideal for those speciality coffees that have nuanced flavours and subtle undertones. These coffee beans and grounds may be overpowered if you serve these brews as an espresso. Also, as with other brewing methods, if the coffee is left to brew for too long then it will become stale and bitter so serve immediately after brewing to ensure you maintain the best aroma and flavours possible.
Tips to perfect your brew
The secret, as usual, is in the coffee grounds. Your brew will taste much better if you use freshly roasted and ground coffee each time, changing the filter paper for each batch. If your coffee machine has a permanent filter, it is important that you clean it properly as a build-up of stale coffee oil on your machine will make future brews taste overly bitter. When choosing your favourite coffee to filter, you should pick one that is ground slightly finer than you would use for an espresso machine with a paper filter. If you buy whole beans and grind your own then this is what you should aim for. Following these tips will ensure that the flavour of the grounds transfers well into your cup.