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jaybar
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Posted Sat Sep 8, 2012, 12:32pm
Subject: Is there any advantage of square vs circle chemex filters?
 

Hi

Does one of the other have any clear advantage. Both have pluses and minuses. I have tried both and I wonder how others feel as I can see both strengths and drawbacks.

Square :

Easier to lift out. "Points" make it harder to get closer to the coffee bed,

Circle:

Visually more attractive. Points do not impede easy puring. Harder to lift out, particularly with higher doses of coffee. Stocked by fewer local (NYC) merchants that square ones.

Both have there pluses and minuses as regards these issues. Is cup quality effected? Does one or the other result in quicker draw-down (flow-through)? Is tyhere any clear advantage, I am missing.
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Posted Mon Sep 10, 2012, 7:14am
Subject: Re: Is there any advantage of square vs circle chemex filters?
 

Of course the cup quality will not change due to the shape. The circular ones are just easier to maneuver a pouring kettle around. I bought several boxes of the square ones on sale for $5 a box, so I just cut them into a circle by rounding off the top edge of the folded filter before opening it. Comes out exactly like the circular filters. I find the uncut square filters impossible to use as a pourover because you have to hold the kettle too high.
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Posted Mon Sep 10, 2012, 8:03am
Subject: Re: Is there any advantage of square vs circle chemex filters?
 

Thanks Evan

I agree. The handblown ones are deeper, do the filter gets to the upper edge of the Chemex, making it harder to grab on to.  However the ease of getting closer to the coffee bed is an important advantage.

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Jay
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