Like your typical coffee maker, pour-over brewing also requires a filter. However, these are specifically made for the process, fitted perfectly for drippers, so don’t use any random filter from the supermarket. They can lead to flavor transfers and taint the brewing process. These are very cheap to buy in bulk, just make sure you get filters that fit your dripper for the best results.
The coffee filter is one of the few things that directly touch the coffee during the brewing process and because of this you need to select the right filter. There are two types of filters, wire mesh, and a paper filter. Both work equally well and which one you use is all a matter of preference. Here are a couple options to consider:
Able Brewing Kone Coffee Filter
The Able Brewing Kone Coffee Filter is a simple wire mesh cone. It is an excellent reusable alternative to paper filters and the fact that it is a fine wire mesh as opposed to paper means that more of the coffee’s natural oils come through into the brew. Many suggest that a finer ground is more ideal for this type of filter, but it’s mostly a matter of preference as to how you like to brew your coffee. It can be used with a variety of coffee makers, particularly the Hario Drippers and Chemex Coffee Makers.
Hario 02 Paper Filter
The Hario 02 Paper Filter is the traditional filter used in more coffee makers. They’re bleach free and designed to help slowly release the brewed coffee down into the cup without affecting the flavor. These filters work best when wet before placing the grounds in and come in large packs, meaning that you can get many cups of coffee for a single purchase. Some reviews even say that they are reusable, but the beauty of paper filters is that you just lift them away from the maker and dispose of them.