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Nov 13, 2002 05:51 PM

gold coffee filter

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I finally bought one and am disconcerted by the amount of sediment it leaves in my cup-- the brew is like that of a french press. I've experimented with larger grinds, but wonder if I'm missing something. Sometimes I like sludge, but sometimes....

and while I'm on it, I'd appreciate others' thoughts about the brita water bottle, which I love (especially at the gym and bedside) but suspect is not effectively filtering the water.

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  1. That's why I stick to the paper filters. The grind would have to be so coarse to use the gold filter without it throwing sediment that it would be a huge waste of coffee, not to mention that by using such a coarse grind there would probably be a difference in the taste of the finished product.

    1. We have used the gold coffee filters for years and dealt with the "sludge" in the bottom of the cup. I recently purchased a new coffee maker and asked the woman at the kitchen store what filter would she suggest - she said she only used paper filters. I decided to try the paper filters after not using them for years - I really now prefer the paper filters as opposed to the gold.

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      1. re: Jana

        I've used a gold filter (braun) for many years and prefer it to the paper. I use a fine ground coffee and never have a sludge problem. I have no idea why some experience a sludge problem and others do not. Its a mystery!

      2. Maybe it's the brand you bought that's causing the problem; I have a gold filter and have used it every day for 5 years and am exceedingly happy with it. It one of those, "Why didn't I do this sooner!" purchases. Mine is a Krups Gold. It leaves no sediment and is very sturdy. I gring my coffee beans in a Braun grinder for a 10 count, for what that's worth.

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        1. re: Fidelixi

          I have cheap-ish Krups drip machine that came with a gold filter. It always leaves sediment in the bottom of the cup. I usually buy whole beans at the grocery store and run them through the store grinder on the setting indicated for drip coffee makers.

          I always thought I was screwing it up somehow.

          1. re: Fidelixi

            I second that; I count to ten, one and two and --- and get a fairly rough grind for the gold filter and it hardly leaves any sludge and does make a good cup. I use either Trader Joe's Bay blend (two thirds) plus one third French roast or Peets Foggy Blend (I think thats the name plus Fr.Roast) or last year I really liked Seattle's Best Christmas Blend. SO just likes anything I concoct at 6.30 am!

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            Wendy Leonard

            We grind a blend of a decaf espresso and a French-Italian dark roast--and have always had a sludge problem with the gold filter. The coffee tastes much better with the paper filters and that's what we use. Perhaps the darker roasts which are more oily are less suited to the gold filters? I wonder what kinds of coffee others who experience gold filter sludge are are grinding.

            1. I'm just curious. I use a gold filter in my Braun automatic, and I guess you could call the residue at the bottom of the cup sludge, but that'd be a stretch. It seems that "sludge" is the offspring of powdery-fine grind, the stuff that fills the interstices of a coarser grind. What kind of grinder are the sludge-inundated using? I think with the small spice-grinder type grinders, it's such an inexact science, there's bound to be a higher powder content to even a coarse grind. Have you tried a more consistent grind? (Am I being way too analytical here? Perhaps I should just leave it alone that some folks prefer paper filters!)

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              1. re: GG Mora

                When I used to use a gold filter in an automatic drip maker and grind the coffee at the store, there was always a little sludge at the bottom, but nowhere near as much as with a French press. Undoubtedly we all have a different level of sludge tolerance :=), but one of those spice mills could produce a whole lot of sludge even when someone's being careful about the grinding time. They're only good for grinding spices, regardless of what the manufacturers claim.

                1. re: ironmom

                  Spice mills or blade grinders tend to produce more coffee dust and less uniformity of grind. You may want to consider getting a burr grinder for better grind quality.

                  1. re: Richard

                    I never used a spice mill to grind my coffee, in fact I have an old fashioned hand crank on the wall.

                    1. re: Richard

                      Mm, yeah, that's what I use -- a Braun burr grinder. And for power outages, I have my trusty hand-crank Armin-Trosser. Shoot your blade grinder.