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Posted Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:00pm
Subject: SwissGold

While I was in Portland,OR I ran into a café/roaster called Courier that's downtown.  I'm sure people from the area know it.  They brew their coffee using swissgold filters instead of paper filters for a few reasons (waste, lack of paper taste, lets more oils through, fits in the cup so no need for a filtercone).  Now, I have been testing different pour over methods (v60 and bonmac).  I like how the bonmac allows the coffee to extract a little bit longer, but I'm really looking for something in between the two.  And, even if the swissgold isn't it, I think it would be fun to mess around with it anyway.  

So, the question becomes, which one should I get?
Courier themselves use the KF-4, but that seems like it might be a little big for a single cup click here .  They say that this shape is "key" because it fits in the cup well.  

There's also the kf-2 which is a bit smaller but seems to be the same basic shape click here.  I'm not sure if the sides of it fit into a cup quite as well, but then again I don't own it.


The KF-300 which is made for a single cup click here but has an entirely different shape.

Now, I have yet to use any, but my experience using 1 (12 oz) cup with about 20g would be a little small for some of these larger filters.  Especially if I wanted to make a smaller 8oz cup (about 12 g), it would be a bit too small.

So, if anyone has experience making pour overs with any of these swissgold brewers as pour overs, please let me know.

-ben d
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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:08am
Subject: Re: SwissGold

I use the K4 for pour over (with a Cilio #4 ceramic dripper). Fits pretty well, but I usually go with a pre-soaked paper filter because it adheres so well to the dripper.

And not to complicate things, but here's a cool looking filter that I saw on Clive Coffee. Good luck!
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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012, 3:28pm
Subject: Re: SwissGold

I think that Frieling (the company who's filter is in the Clive Coffee link above) owns SwissGold but doesn't use the name here in North America any longer.

I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013, 6:31pm
Subject: Re: SwissGold

I use a KF-300 and while it can be a little finicky, it is perfectly acceptable once you get the grind dialed in.  I grind somewhat courser than normal drip to get a solid cup with about a 3 minute drip time through the water sleeve.  Too fine and it clogs, too course and it runs through and produces a bitter cup.  But once I figured out the right grind zone it has been pretty smooth sailing on a variety of beans (Kenyan, Guatamalan, decaf blends, etc).

I have some Swissgold tea filters as well and like them very much, very little silt/fines from all their products.  But the pourover device definitely has a steeper learning curve than anything else I own for hot beverages!
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