Making Coffee Without a Filter

September 29, 2011

Making Coffee Without a FilterHave you ever run out of coffee filters on a day that you really need a fresh cup of Joe? The solution that I discovered is to take a regular paper towel sheet, fold it in half, place it in the place you would put your filter. Add your coffee, and brew as you normally would, and I guarantee you will have that perfect cup of coffee!


Source: Tip is inspired from my ex brother-in-law.

By Barbara from Pittsburg, CA

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August 7, 2010

What can I use in place of coffee filters for one morning?

By Paula from Birmingham, AL


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May 5, 20080 found this helpful
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It tasted gross. I used Bounty and still have the paper towel taste in my mouth. I don't know how much bleach and other chemicals they use but it is a bad idea to use paper towels.

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August 24, 20080 found this helpful
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Better idea is to use cheesecloth, if you have any, folded over itself a few times. A metal mesh strainer (very fine) can be used. Last but not least, you can put the coffee directly in the hot water, let it simmer (like tea) and then carefully pour the coffee off, leaving the grounds behind.

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April 2, 20101 found this helpful
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Once, I emptied some tea bags and refilled them with coffee. They don't have any chemicals, like paper towels, or flavor, like napkins. Just don't over-fill them or they will leak.

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July 7, 20150 found this helpful
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I had this problem today when I was trying to make iced tea in my Mr. Coffee iced tea maker. I used a well washed pair of silk long johns that I used to wear to ski. I cut a piece off the leg measured to fit the basket, closed the bottom with a plastic bread wrapper fastener and made tea as usual.


It actually worked better than the filters.

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July 13, 2021

While staying at my son's cottage in a remote area, I ran out of coffee filters this morning. It didn't take me long to try a basic (Bounty 1/2) sheet and it worked

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August 7, 2010

I am looking for something to use as a coffee filter other than paper towels or coffee filter? I am out of them.

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November 5, 2009

Run out of coffee filters for your coffeemaker? Don't worry. Just use a doubled paper towel in it's place. Works great. By Robin

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