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Mar 21, 2007 05:04 AM

Coffee Maker Question

OK- this is kind of home cooking kind of cookware, so feel free to move it.

Using a maker that came with a nice metal filter. That said, cleaning that thing is a total pain. I've been told by a few that you can make stronger, fuller coffee by adding in an unbleached filter to the metal filter. Is this correct?

Current coffee is the illy espresso/coffee from whole paycheck.

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  1. Have you tried soaking in baking soda or denture cleaner?

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    1. re: AnneM

      I'm looking for a quicker/easier solution than that since I'm usually an idiot first thing in the morning when I stumble out to make my coffee :)

    2. I don't know about "stronger" or "fuller," but I use the alternate plastic basket that came with my coffee maker rather than the gold mesh one. I use an unbleached paper filter, which can also be used with a metal basket. The coffee is fine -- tastes the same to me as coffee I've made using the mesh filter -- and cleanup is a breeze. Now, coffee geeks may disagree with me, but IMHO it's primarily the coffee you use that determines the quality of the brew.

      1. I don't believe you can expect fuller, stronger coffee by adding an unbleached filter. The unbleached filters are popular among those who claim they can taste a "white paper filter taste" but if anything, they would tend to hold back the small grains of coffee and oils which would pass through the pores of a mesh filter and into your cup or pot.

        If you want to use a paper filter, then maybe you can try adding a bit more coffee for a stronger cup.

        Yes, they are a pain to clean relative to a paper filter, though.

        1. If you have a dishwasher, goldtone filters are top-rack dishwasher safe. I knock the bulk of the grounds into my compost bucket and then rinse the filter out into my sink and let the disposer deal with the remaining grounds.

          1. A completely agree with Jimmy Buffett, the paper filters typically reduce flavor and oils present in the coffee. Use a gold screen filter and try playing with the fineness of the grind to adjust the flavor. It could also be that your coffee maker isn't getting hot enough to extract the coffee; this is a rather common problem with drip coffee makers.

            What kind of coffee maker is it?