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MikeX
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Posted Mon Apr 5, 2010, 8:11pm
Subject: Aeropress filter: Poly vs Swiss Gold vs?
 

I am a very happy Aeropress user who has been using one 5-7 mornings a week to brew coffee. I'm 16oz/one a day/brew mostly at work kinda guy and the Aeropress is the ideal brewer for me. Small, light, easy to use and even easier to clean up.

I've gotten to the point with my coffee habit where I want to experiment with different filters I've read about on this site and it seems like cutting my own poly or swiss gold are the top options. Before I spend $30 on a swiss gold that I'm going to cut I was looking for some feedback on both filter types. I've read a bunch posts on here but wanted some fresh opinions. My goal is to try something more french press like but with the convenience of the Aeropress.

It sounds like the swiss gold will be more reusable and easier to clean whereas the poly will probably have to be thrown out after a bunch of uses but the poly is a cheaper experiment  Has anyone tried both swiss gold AND poly? Are the tastes similar?

If there are any other good filter options I wouldn't mind hearing about those either.

Thanks, Mike E

PS. I'm also about to buy a Baratza grinder to compliment my new filter so don't be concerned about the whirly blade listed in my profile :)
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Posted Tue Apr 6, 2010, 2:24pm
Subject: Re: Aeropress filter: Poly vs Swiss Gold vs?
 

I'm thinking about getting an Aeropress - and haven't had time to do as much searching as I would like -

so I'm hoping you will get some responses to your thread - I would have already picked one up if I had figured out the filter solution.
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Posted Tue Apr 6, 2010, 4:07pm
Subject: Re: Aeropress filter: Poly vs Swiss Gold vs?
 

As a less expensive experimental option, you could try one of these filters.

I have never heard anyone say they could tell the difference in flavor between this and a Swiss Gold filter.  If they can, please email me with accurate flavor descriptors and data that is verifiable in a double blind test.
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MikeX
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Posted Tue Apr 6, 2010, 6:45pm
Subject: Re: Aeropress filter: Poly vs Swiss Gold vs?
 

I have always wondered about the non Swiss brand gold filters. I found the one you linked at Abes of Maine for less than $8 shipped; couldn't pass that up. Guess I better buy the new grinder soon.

Since that was so cheap I think I might try the poly too. The only concern with poly is that I've read they tend to get grounds trapped and they are hard to get out. Seems like clean up will be more difficult and they won't last as long as the gold filter.

Thanks for the link Peaberry
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Posted Tue Apr 6, 2010, 7:10pm
Subject: Re: Aeropress filter: Poly vs Swiss Gold vs?
 

MikeX Said:

If there are any other good filter options I wouldn't mind hearing about those either.

Posted April 5, 2010 link

Go to Mcmaster.com and search for this number:
85385T882

That piece of 270 mesh wire mesh will yield at least 16 Aeropress filters at a very reasonable price. With care they can be used almost indefinitely.

 
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Posted Tue Apr 6, 2010, 7:31pm
Subject: Re: Aeropress filter: Poly vs Swiss Gold vs?
 

andys Said:

Go to Mcmaster.com and search for this number:
85385T882

That piece of 270 mesh wire mesh will yield at least 16 Aeropress filters at a very reasonable price. With care they can be used almost indefinitely.

Posted April 6, 2010 link

Do you do any soldering or work to the edges to prevent fraying? or just cut and go?
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Posted Tue Apr 6, 2010, 7:57pm
Subject: Re: Aeropress filter: Poly vs Swiss Gold vs?
 

avaserfi Said:

Do you do any soldering or work to the edges to prevent fraying? or just cut and go?

Posted April 6, 2010 link

That would be a nice idea, then the filter will probably last for years.

 
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Posted Tue Apr 6, 2010, 8:53pm
Subject: Re: Aeropress filter: Poly vs Swiss Gold vs?
 

I have an Aeropress on the way and am also looking at filter options. The guys over at Green Coffee Buying Club forum rave about a polyfelt filter. I've inquired as to where to get them or the material to make them but haven't received a reply yet.
  I've also read that soaking the paper filter in water first makes for a better cup, too.
  If anyone has any info on the poly filters, I'd be interested.
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Posted Thu Apr 8, 2010, 1:13pm
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andys Said:

That would be a nice idea, then the filter will probably last for years.

Posted April 6, 2010 link

Stainless Steel is more readily done today than in years past - used to be tough to do.

Haven't kept up with new techniques and methods - don't know how hard it is to solder/braise/weld SS today.
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Posted Thu Apr 8, 2010, 6:27pm
Subject: Re: Aeropress filter: Poly vs Swiss Gold vs?
 

andys Said:

Go to Mcmaster.com and search for this number:
85385T882

That piece of 270 mesh wire mesh will yield at least 16 Aeropress filters at a very reasonable price. With care they can be used almost indefinitely.

Posted April 6, 2010 link

Wondering why you picked 270 mesh?

Is that the mesh size that the gold filters use?

They also have 200 mesh, in 2 9/16 diameter circles.  The Aeropress filters are 2.5 in diameter, but for some reason they  don't have 2.5 in, just 2 9/16.

Randy
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