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Nov 22, 2007 08:49 PM

Melitta Coffee Cone

Does anyone know where I can get one of those manual drip coffee cones in the downtown area? I was considering getting a single-cup coffee maker but people keep recommending this simple method!

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  1. I'll piggyback same request.
    The stand-alone cones seem to have disappeared from the market - replaced by the entire coffee-maker unit, usually with a ceramic cone (easily broken).
    In the last 2 years have only seen the stand-alones in New York.

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    1. re: estufarian

      A Chemex from eBay is a good option, at $15 plus shipping. But you need the large 12" filters, which are actually better than Melitta's.
      Some Chemex owners get filters from lab supply stores rather than a U.S. source.

      I've always wanted one, and may order it. It makes great coffee and looks like it came from a 1940's N.Y. movie.

      1. re: jayt90

        Checked the Chemex website.
        They don't seem to sell the 'cones' separately.
        You have to buy the whole 'system'.
        Also - I only use unbleached filters (can taste the chlorine). Do they have unbleached in their sizes (again, can't find on website)?

        1. re: estufarian

          Chemex is a one-piece hand-blown flask, although machine made in recent years. The filters are available on eBay at a reasonable cost, and they would probably arrive here by post without duty, just like vanilla beans.
          Chemex needs a denser, stronger filter than Melitta, and it has to be a 12" lab grade to fit, and support the grounds. I can't imagine any chlorine being tolerated in lab filters, but I'm way out of my field here. The website has oxygen cleansed white filters and unbleached filters at about $.75 each. I believe they are less on eBay.
          In my experience, the best filtered coffee came from friends or restaurants with a Chemex. There seemed to be more freshness and flavour because it was brewed at 200F with nothing but a filter and a glass holder.

      2. re: estufarian

        It seems I own a collector's item! Also explains all the gasps of amazement from my work colleagues over what to me is a 15 year old piece of technology. Better lock it away at work. :)

        I have only found large #4 filters. If anyone knows where the #2 filters (designed for the small single cup cones) are available, I would appreciate the info.

        1. re: Pincus

          Love my Melitta single cup cones. Makes great coffee and is especially convenient if you have an instant hot water faucet. Usually I buy the #2 filters at Fortino's, but I have seen them at several other big chains.

          One problem I have is when making enough coffee for more than two of us. I don't have a coffee maker anymore and I don't usually care for the sediment that often comes with coffee from a bodum. Has anyone heard of a large size drip cone that could be placed over a coffee pot for multiple servings?


          1. re: Amac

            Thanks, will poke around more in the bigger stores and see what I can find.

      3. Are you talking about the gold filter that you just put grounds in, no paper filters? I think they sell them at Wagamama Cafe: 766 King Street West (416) 603-0369, call 'em and ask though, I don't want you to make a trip in vain, they do sell a paper disposable version too...I think they brew Jamaican Blue Mt and Hawaiian Cona by the cup with the gold one...good luck

        1. The Bay sells a Melitta pourover brewer. I'm fairly sure it's this one:

          Note though:
          1. The glass carafe is highly breakable. I just busted my second one.
          2. It's not a one-cup brewer. I think it's 10-cup, which is about 1.25 litres (or maybe it's 1.75 litres - I can never remember if a "coffee cup" is 4 or 6 oz). That said, it'll make less just fine.


          1. Not long ago, I got one (the mesh type) at Dominion's for $5-6.

            1. I got one of those plastic Melitta drip cone thingys that sits on a regular cup/mug at Canadian Tire.

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              1. re: savannah

                Thanks - that's what I'm looking for. Good old CT.

                1. re: estufarian

                  Try some of the independent coffee stores that sell coffee...there are a couple in Dufferin Mall also have gotten one at WalMart.

                  1. re: pearlD

                    I'd previously checked the Dufferin mall and come up empty.
                    Will check Canadian Tire first.

                  2. re: estufarian

                    I also broke my Melitta a few years back and bought a Chemex but hate it. As a matter of fact I now use a large Bodum french press and get along just fine. For some reason, the Chemex spits water out of the spout every time you fill it. The filter doesnt conform to the pour spout very well and as a reslut, it pops water all over my counter. Its a mess so I gave up. I have tried it every way imaginable but I just cant figure it out. Advice anyone?

                    1. re: thomtompkins

                      The larger ones accommodate the whole 12" filter. Maybe the smaller models don't, or perhaps square filters are not as good. Can you cut the filter to fit?

                      1. re: jayt90

                        Funny thing is: the filters are made especially for Chemex so they are a perfect fit. They just bubble out of the spout when the water is filtering through. Has anyone else had this problem?