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2.0 out of 5 stars Diminishes the Aeropress, 14 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: S Filter for AeroPress - Ultra Fine Stainless Steel Coffee Filter (Kitchen & Home)
If Aeropress had designed their product with this filter from the start it would not have been the success it is. I love my Aeropress because it is so easy and quick to use, easy to clean and makes the smoothest and best coffee. I bought a metal filter because I take the Aeropress to work with me and I thought it would be easier to transport than taking the filter papers every day. I also thought in the long run it would save money. I have gone back to using paper filters and wont be using the S Filter again, here's why.
The holes in the S filter may be small but they are not small enough. The water runs through too quickly and the coffee doesn't brew. You have to modify the way you use the Aeropress in order to get a good cup of coffee and this is the problem, what used to be quick and simple becomes a faff. Put the plunger part way into the tube then turn it over and put the coffee and water into the tube then wait 2 minutes before screwing the filter cap and S Filter onto the tube then turn the whole thing over quickly onto your mug so the coffee doesn't spill out and then plunge the coffee. What a palaver! and you might as well be using your old cafetiere
Next comes clean up which is so easy with paper filters, unscrew the cap and push the filter and coffee grounds out into the bin or recycling. With the S Filter you take off the cap but then you have to get hold of the filter and pull it off the wet coffee grounds then push the remaining coffee into the bin but somehow it never comes off the end of the plunger as cleanly. I end up having to wash the filter and the end of the plunger and rinse the coffee grounds out of the sink and you might as well be using your old cafetiere .
Did I mention the holes in the filter are small but not small enough? One of my favourite things about Aeropress coffee, as it was designed to be brewed, is the smoothness of the brew, no bits at all and I can drink every last drop. With the S filter you end up with fine grains of coffee in your mug and you might as well be using your old cafetiere.
Paper filters don't affect the taste of the coffee and anyone who says they can tell must have extraordinary senses or they aren't brewing their coffee strong enough. Paper filters use so little paper it isn't worth thinking about and they can be recycled anyway. Also take a look at my photo which you can see via a link under the main product photo. My photo shows just how much paper and card was used to post out this tiny little filter. It's more paper (taking into account the thickness of the card etc) then I would use in paper filters in months. These things should be posted in the little white card envelope that Kafeologie package them in and should not come with a mountain of advertising crap and a great big Amazon card envelope.
Stick with paper filters - Coffee, water, plunge, done. or if you don't want to use paper filters you might as well be using your old cafetiere
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2014 01:18:01 GMT
Kaffeologie says:
Hi Woody,

I'm sorry to hear you aren't having a good experience with your S Filter. Just to remind you, with our lifetime guarantee, you can return your S Filter at any time for any reason. You can request a return via Amazon or write us at help@kaffeologie.com.

If you are having issues with the water flow rate for the pour over method, a coarser grind might help. I find it also helps to insert the plunger after the coffee has had a chance to "bloom" (de-gas) for about 30 seconds. The vacuum it creates slows the flow rate down.

Kate
Kaffeologie
Customer Service

Posted on 25 May 2014 12:54:54 BDT
To everyone that says the water starts flowing through the filter too quickly - use the inverted method for making the coffee. This method should be used with metal OR paper filters.
To everyone that says the paper filters produce a smoother taste than the metal filters - thats because the paper filters take some of the essential taste out of the brew and you're missing out on the manufacturer's intended end result.
To everyone that says the metal filter costs too much - you are right.

Posted on 9 Jul 2014 03:09:39 BDT
Thanks for a thorough review. Much appreciated.

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 12:39:13 BDT
Kindle Fan says:
I've just thrown away a paper filter that I have been using daily since the end of May. Each paper filter is good for at least sixty cups of coffee.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 12:45:41 BDT
That is amazing, but surely there must have been some kind of degradation along the way. At what point did you decide it needs throwing away and why? And were there any special washing, drying and storage techniques for this remarkable paper filter that perhaps prolonged its life?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2015 12:59:33 GMT
Nobolowski says:
I rinse mine under the tap, job done.

Posted on 5 May 2015 01:21:46 BDT
N. Hughes says:
Personally I agree that the stainless steel filter is unnecessary for amazing coffee but just a couple of points in response to the OP:
1) You should be using the inverted method anyway, regardless of the filter media - it gives better results.
2) 2 minutes is way too long to be brewing - up to 10 seconds stirring and 30 seconds brewing time is ample.
3) Any trace of paper taste can be avoided entirely by pouring boiling water over the paper filter in situ in the filter cap.
4) And to everyone reading: use freshly ground beans. I mean REALLY freshly ground, like in the last five minutes.
5) Mmmmmm.... coffee.....

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2015 14:06:32 BDT
Woody_uk says:
Since writing my review some time ago I have continued to use paper filters and the coffee has been great (especially when I roasted my own green beans at home WOW!) but there is a slight update. I did start using the inverted method until I realised it is totally unnecessary, here's why. If you pour your water in and stir quickly for a few seconds until all the coffee is emerged and whizzing around you simply then need to put the plunger into the top of the tube by a millimetre or two just enough so that the rubber end seals the tube. This acts as an air lock and holds the water in the tube by vacuum pressure. The water cannot possibly drain away because no air can get in. The liquid will stay in the AeroPress forever if you want it to but I recommend you just leave it for a normal brewing time 30 seconds or however long suits your taste. The just plunge it as normal. No inverting required.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2015 14:09:19 BDT
Woody_uk says:
Stop the water running through by pushing the plunger into the top of the tube just far enough to make it air tight, just a millimetre will do as long as the rubber seals right around. The water will not be able to run out as it forms an airlock. Wait then plunge as normal.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2015 14:17:27 BDT
Woody_uk says:
I agree that pushing the plunger in a small way is the best way to stop the water running through. I still prefer my coffee without bits but others may prefer the body that you get with the S filter. I have kept the filter for emergencies in case I run out of paper filters and also for travel and back packing when paper filters are harder to keep dry and I don't want the extra bulk.
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