seanw86 Senior Member Joined: 19 Oct 2012 Posts: 1 Location: Baltimore Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 3:09pm Subject: Vac Pot Filters, which to use
I bought a vac pot a little over a month ago, and I love it. This morning my roommate dropped and broke the ceramic plug for the cotton wick for the alcohol burner and so I went online to buy a replacement for it. After finding the piece, I saw in the "related items" section a metal mesh filter system to replace the cotton cloth filters. This has been my only complaint about the vac pot. No matter how well I try to wash out the filter, after the very first use, I get coffee stained water forced up into the upper chamber. I was curious if the mesh filters were any different. It seems to me like they would allow for a more thorough cleaning. Also, I am wondering if there would be a taste difference in the coffee being passed through a metal screen as opposed to a cloth one. I know with pour over makers, the filter can make quite a difference.
I figured since I am ordering the ceramic plug and wick replacement, I might as well either buy more cloth filters, or switch to the metal screen system. Just wonder which I should go for
or, a glass rod filter, but make sure it is suitable for the Vac pot that you have (ask around on here). Easiest to clean of all. Most fit OK in most pots, but that's not guaranteed. Some people don't get on with them though, and you do need a grinder that doesn't create too much dust. I use them almost all the time except with the Bodum Pebo which has an excellent plastic filter.
Further alternative - try making your own cloth filters !
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 6,827 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Mon Oct 22, 2012, 6:29am Subject: Re: Vac Pot Filters, which to use
I have never been fond of the cloth filter so I have the Corry glass rod filter. I like the ones that have a spring attached to them so you can clip it to the bottom of the draw tube, the tube the water goes up into the top globe through. The spring prevents the rod from being dislodged in the brewing process and I have a very clean cup from them AND I never need to fuss with a cloth filter. They don't cost much on the Ebay market and they are easy to find. YMMV!
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