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reusable coffee filters

So, I hate wasting stuff.  I have eliminated paper products in my house, except tp :P.  But those damn coffee filters!  So, I started using filters more than once, and that's ok, but you can't really use them more than twice.  I've seen reusable filters made out of copper or something and at the hfs we sell filters made from hemp.  Anyone used either kind?  Just curious.

I use a resusable filter.  I like it a lot.  Not sure what mine is made out of-some sort of hard plastic and netting...it's from Mr. Coffee.  The only downside is that it leaves a little sludge at the bottom of your coffee cup...I guess because it's not fine enough to catch ALL the particles.  Not grinds mind you...just particles if that makes sense.  So I just don't drink the last couple sips-works for me!

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I use a resusable filter.  I like it a lot.  Not sure what mine is made out of-some sort of hard plastic and netting...it's from Mr. Coffee.  The only downside is that it leaves a little sludge at the bottom of your coffee cup...I guess because it's not fine enough to catch ALL the particles.  Not grinds mind you...just particles if that makes sense.  So I just don't drink the last couple sips-works for me!

I agree with the sludgey/particle/not grounds comment. I haven't used my coffee maker in a long time, but I have a metal-y reusable filter and it's great. Easy to clean, no waste.  I guess if you're going for the elimination of paper products aspect, the positives far outweigh the negative, imo... but I'm not a hardcore coffee drinker, so the particle/sludge-y thing might be a deal-breaker.

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I have a French press, which has a metal filter.  I love it.  I happen to like the reusable filters better - it lets more oils from the coffee through.  I don't even mind the sludge.  8)

Someone told me that the coffee bean oils (or drinking through a French press) could potentially raise your cholesterol, but I think drinking 1-2 cups a day, it's not a big deal.

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We used to have a one cup maker that used a resusable filter. It was a fine mesh type thing. It worked great..and just made one  mug. I don't drink coffee so it was perfect for my dh. It broke and now he's using regular. We compost the filter and coffee grounds, but now you got me thinking that I should get another one of the other kind. Its black and decker and I think we got it on amazon.

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sweet. thanks for the replies everyone.  i'm totally going to get one when i run out of filters. 

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I am personally trying to eliminate all non-essential plastic from my life and decrease my paper consumption. So I completely understand your quest for an alternative coffee filter. I don't drink coffee but I happened upon this site http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5619053. This seller sells reusable produce bags. Reusable tea bag and coffee filters. All of her products are made from renewable, organic materials. She also has a blog and has had other bloggers test out and rate her products I will try to find the person who tested the coffee filter I believe it recieved great reviews.

The plus side of a cloth filter is that you don't have to worry about chemicals leaching from plastic into your coffee everyday

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I use a french press and a electric water kettle.  :)>>>

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Go with the french press. It makes better coffee and when you get done, just throw the grounds outside or in the trash.

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Go with the french press. It makes better coffee and when you get done, just throw the grounds outside or in the trash.

compost :)>>>

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I'm glad someone (paganveela, I think) mentioned the reusable cloth filters.  We sell hemp filters at my hfs and I was curious about them.  After looking at the cotton one on etsy, I think I'm gonna buy one.  You know, thinking about it...it's like $5, so if it sucks I will use it as a cleaning rag or something, and if it works, then awesome!

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I use a Bodum french press--yso filter needed & retains more caffeine & takes up less  counter space than my old fancy ZKrups monster....

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I use a Bodum french press--yso filter needed & retains more caffeine & takes up less  counter space than my old fancy ZKrups monster....

bodum products  :)>>>

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I use a Bodum french press--yso filter needed & retains more caffeine & takes up less  counter space than my old fancy ZKrups monster....

bodum products  :)>>>

+1 for a bodum french press & +1 for composting the grounds

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a press pot or a vacuum pot is the way to go..

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Bodum is rad!

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