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Reusing Paper Coffee Filters

We drink a lot of coffee in our house and each time after making coffee, we threw out the paper filter along with the grinds. Since I didn't like wasting so many paper filters, I tried the resuable (Mr. Coffee) plastic coffee filters with the mesh, but I found the fine grounds found their way through and made a mucky sediment in the bottom of the coffee pot.

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I decided to come up with a way to use the disposable and the reusable at the same time, and also save on throwing out the paper filters every time.

Here's what I do: First, I put the paper filter into my basket where the filter goes, then put the reusable plastic filter inside it it, and then I put my normal amount of coffee in it and turn on my coffee maker.

Once the grounds are cool/cold, I lift the basket out, and holding onto the sides so the basket, paper, and plastic filters don't separate, I turn them upside down and tap the grounds out into a small plastic container to recycle in my compost bin. (or tap the grounds out into your garbage can)

Once most of the grounds are out, (again holding onto the sides) I run it upright under hot water sloshing it around, pouring it out and rinsing it again until the water runs clear. Then I put the basket/filters back into the coffee pot and it's ready to use again. This way, I can use the same paper filter about 4-5 times over the period of 2 days before disposing.

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By ann from Goulais River, Ontario

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April 15, 20160 found this helpful

Cowboy coffee: put grounds into your cup. Pour in hot water. Wrap with something, a tea towel, an old sweater, whatever, for 3 to 5 minutes. Pour through a metal strainer into a second cup. Makes good coffee, no disposable filter. Just wash the metal strainer and you are done.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

Cowboy coffee, though best for flavor, isn't filtered, and thus contains more harmful chemicals that can drive b/p up up up. Occasionally though it's fine.

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January 21, 20171 found this helpful

I have reused coffee filters in a pinch, when I discovered I had used my last one. I find the water goes through the pre used filters so slowly, it's more of an inconvenience, unless I'm completely out of filters.

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And too, the coffee does not taste its usual best.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

I do EXACTLY the same procedure! Necessity is the mother of invention and great minds... etc. I think our next step would be to find a permanently reusable cotton filter to use with that plastic or metal basket. Perhaps cheesecloth folded over? Something that would not affect the flavor. Another way I save $ is by doing seond and third pourings of hot water through my grounds: I place the Melita cone over a Ball jar or Mason jar. The coffee gets progressively weaker, but I don't mind for myself to drink throughout the day.

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