What is filtered coffee?

In this short guide, we are going to answer the question “What is filtered coffee?”.  In addition, we will show you how to make coffee without a filter and show you other methods of preparing coffee.

What is filtered coffee?

The filtered coffee is a coffee made with a filter. Hot water is poured through ground coffee into a filter paper or cloth . Coffee that is strained drips into a container below. Most electric coffee makers found on the market make coffee this way.

Although we primarily use paper filters to prevent the coffee powder from falling into our cup, the paper also affects the taste of coffee in several different ways. Coffee contains a wide variety of compounds including carbohydrates, lipids, acids, proteins and more.

What to do when you have no coffee filter at home?

When you have no coffee filter at home, you can use a napkin or paper towel. If you don’t have a specific percolator (paper or cloth) for coffee, there is a very simple and efficient way out: use a napkin or paper towel. In this case, instead of using filter paper, you should place 1 sheet of open paper towels (or 2 open napkins) in the coffee strainer holder. 

You don’t need to scald the paper first – pour the ground coffee and then pour in the boiling water until the straining process is complete. It is worth noting that, after use, the napkin or paper towel must be discarded – that is, you cannot reuse them to make another coffee, for example.

Note: Instead of using a paper towel, you can also use a cotton cloth to make a coffee percolator. Make sure, of course, that it is clean.

Does the taste of coffee change without the use of paper?

Yes, the coffee changes without the use of paper. When not filtered through the paper, the coffee compounds provide greater density to the cup, leading to a “thicker” drink and a heavier mouthfeel.

Reusable methods for filtering the coffee (such as metal or fabric) will allow more of these compounds to pass into the beverage. This results in a flavor profile that is generally heavier and more intense. It also means that there may be residue in the cup.

There is no “right or wrong” method of preparation or filter material. There is no such thing as a bad method. Only those that are unsuitable for a particular moment or your taste.

However, with any reusable preparation method cleaning is of paramount importance. If compounds and oils build up in the filter, they can cause a persistent and peculiar cup sensory profile that will affect the taste of your future coffees.

Some alternatives to paper filters are metal filters, cloth filters, Italian coffee makers and French press. Each will result in a drink with different characteristics. Find out which is your favorite.

Whether using metal or cloth, reusable or paperless brewing has been part of coffee history. These patterns follow famous patterns over time and may not experience an increase in popularity as consumption trends change among coffee drinkers.

What other ways to make coffee?

The other ways to make coffee are:

  • Drip Hot water is poured through ground coffee into a filter paper. Coffee that is strained drips into a container below. Most electric coffee makers found on the market make coffee this way
  • Cold Brew – Ground coffee is brewed with ice water in a refrigerator for 24 hours. After that time, the drink is strained and served chilled, with some ice cubes
  • Iced coffee – The coffee is made in the same way as drip coffee and left in the refrigerator until it cools. Coffee can be served with a few ice cubes
  • Instant coffee – Instant coffee is mixed with hot water and served still hot
  • Coffee capsules – Capsules of black coffee without the addition of any food other than roast and ground coffee are inserted into specific machines. After a while, the hot water passes through the capsule and brews the coffee and then filters it
  • French press – The filter is placed over the water mixed with the coffee and then slowly pushed down. As the filter is lowered, the coffee is filtered. Coffee is made by brewing, as the powder is mixed with hot water and after a few minutes separated from the water as the filter is pushed down.

All these ways of preparing coffee are used around the world and depending on the locality some other methods can be used. However, when making black coffee, no other ingredients can be used other than roast and ground coffee and water.

Conclusion

In this short guide, we answered the question “What is filtered coffee?”. In addition, we showed you how to make coffee without a filter and showed you other methods of preparing coffee.

Citations

https://food52.com/blog/15878-what-to-do-if-you-ve-run-out-of-coffee-filters
https://www.ndtv.com/food/weight-loss-can-black-coffee-help-you-lose-weight-heres-the-answer-1927857

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.