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Posted Fri Aug 2, 2013, 6:31am
Subject: Hario and Melitta Filters
 

I've been brewing my coffee for about 4 months with a Hario v60 and their #2 filters. I read that I could use Melitta #4 in its place so when the expensive hario filters ran out, I switched over. I have been increasing my grind coarseness by one setting each day (I'm now 4 clicks courser) on my Encore and I still am having clogging problems. Does anyone else have this issue? How can I make these cheap filters work? Thanks!
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Posted Fri Aug 2, 2013, 7:42am
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I've done this before but never had an issue with difference in flow....how are you folding them?
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Posted Fri Aug 2, 2013, 8:12am
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I think the correct way.

(p.s. can you attach multiple pictures in a single reply?)

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Posted Fri Aug 2, 2013, 9:04am
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jjtjp Said:

(p.s. can you attach multiple pictures in a single reply?)

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Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013, 8:53pm
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Sorry for late response. I can't see the tip of your folded Melitta, but I would look at two things. First, ensure your technique (pour rate/flow, grind size, timing, etc) are the same. I don't think you should be adjusting the grind size so much unless the beans are drastically different. Second, I just made a cup using the Hario filters and if you notice, the paper "tip" is pointy and goes through the hole a couple of cm sticking out from the bottom. Also, aside from the folded side, the majority of the paper through the hole is just one side of the filter.

I'm not sure if that makes sense, but what I"m trying to get at is check and make sure your folded melitta is not clogging up the hole by having too much "fold" going through. Hope this helps.
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Posted Sun Aug 4, 2013, 5:46am
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Yea, sorry that pic was no good. I believe my technique is unchanged. Unless my grinder decided to make more fines the day I switched to the melitta, then that should be the same. I think you're on to something though with the mention of the tip. Tried this morning folding it a little tighter and it may have done a little better. I may just switch back to the Hario filters. When you think about it, they are designed to allow most of the water to come through that point at the bottom. Where the Melitta filters are designed to allow water out all along the bottom edge. Anyhow, thanks for your help. I realized that it's something I'm doing wrong and I will try and fix it.
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Posted Sun Aug 4, 2013, 5:51am
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No problem. Good luck with it. I found that SCG has good prices on the hario filters (misarashi, the brown ones that I use). Cheaper than Amazon and other retailers online.
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Posted Sun Aug 4, 2013, 9:53am
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SCG seems to have good prices until you want to ship them. I guess if I was already going to get $50 in merchandise and then could take advantage of free shipping it would be worth it. I can get them from amazon for 7.90 free two day shipping with prime. Still expensive though. I was hoping to use melittas as it seems many others were doing because of their availability/price, but performance tops both in my book. So, 8 cents a filter will have to do :-/
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