TheAdamBomb Senior Member Joined: 28 Oct 2006 Posts: 22 Location: Boston, MA Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Wed May 2, 2007, 10:35am Subject: Eco-Friendly Filters for a Fetco Commerical Drip Machine?
I work at a restaurant where the owner focuses a lot on environmentally safe products. From free-range chickens to humanely raised veal, we've even begun a composting program where we've cut down on 95% of our waste. Being the bartender I've taken on the responsibility of changing the bleached coffee filters. The machine we use is almost identical to this Fetco Extractor 1/2 Gallon Brewer. It's a 13x5 basket style filter.
My goal is to find recycled, unbleached paper filters that don't take away from the flavor of our coffee. Know of where I can get some? Please do tell.
Determined to be a coffee geek and not a coffee snob.
Posted Tue May 8, 2007, 9:16pm Subject: Re: Eco-Friendly Filters for a Fetco Commerical Drip Machine?
The filters sold by FETCO are oxygen bleached not chemically bleached. In my experience there is not recycled or 'natural' or brown filter that does not impart taste into the coffee. A quick test...take the filter and put it into a french press and pour just off boiling water into it. Let it cool and then drink the water. If you taste anything, it's messing up the coffee. A couple of things you might try are large gold filters (I can't remember where to get them but I know they're out there) or cloth. I have had good experiences with cloth but it needs to be cleaned well and often and replaced regularly.
Posted Wed Jul 4, 2007, 2:53pm Subject: Re: Eco-Friendly Filters for a Fetco Commerical Drip Machine?
The problem with hemp filters, in my experience (two different brands), is that they are woven too loosely. Though I guess the problem isn't necessarily that they are too loose but that they are of an inconsistent weave and when you're already weaving loosely it makes inconsistency much more of a brewing issue. Cotton really seems to be the only cloth option I've found that can give the consistency necessary to achieve proper brewing parameters.
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