A number of coffee enthusiasts have made the switch from disposable paper coffee filters to the permanent gold coffee filter. A majority of those who use one regularly say there is a definite difference in the flavor of their brews. Many filter reviews use words such as "brighter," "livelier" or "more complex" to describe this difference. So, what are some of the advantages of using a gold coffee filter?
One major advantage is longevity. Paper coffee filters are designed to be disposable, so eventually users need to purchase a new box or two. For a relatively small investment, coffee drinkers can purchase a gold-toned or 23-karat gold filter designed to last for years.
A gold-toned filter is constructed from stainless steel that has been enhanced with gold plating. A Swiss Gold coffee filter is made from real 23-karat gold, which gives it even more longevity. Both types eliminate the need for paper filter replacement.
Another advantage of a gold coffee filter is flavor enhancement. Paper filters are designed to absorb much of the oil surrounding the ground and roasted coffee beans. While some oil absorption may eliminate bitterness, paper filters often remove too much of the coffee's complex flavors contained in that oil. A gold coffee filter allows more oils to remain in the finished coffee, giving it a richer and more intense flavor. The mesh holds back unwanted coffee grounds like a paper filter, but some smaller grinds may be present in the finished product. The gold in the filter does not impart any metallic taste to the brew.
A final advantage is easier clean-up and maintenance. Paper coffee filters can be very messy to remove and discard, being filled with hot coffee grounds and oils. To empty a gold coffee filter, all one must do is pour out the contents and rinse thoroughly. It can even be put in a standard dishwasher for a more thorough cleaning. Unlike a traditional paper filter, a gold filter holds all of the grounds securely during the brewing process. If a paper filter is not aligned precisely, the water and grounds may spill out of the top and into the holding well and carafe.
A gold coffee filter may not suit every coffee drinker's budget, but an initial investment can reduce the possibility of running out of paper filters at an inopportune moment. Just knowing that the boss will always get the morning coffee on time should be incentive enough to consider a permanent filter for the office coffee station.