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We have had a box of these in the coffee cupboard for about 2 years now. We used to make filter coffee on a fairly regular basis and used these filters each time in our coffee maker.
These ones are made by one of the market leading filter paper makers, Melitta and they are widely available from all good outlets.
These cone shaped filters come in boxes of 40 or 80 filters and cost about £1.10 for the smaller pack. They have micro perforations and double crimped edges and do a good job in holding the coffee within the filter and letting it drip through the grounds fairly slowly, making sure you get the full flavour coffee, but also ensuring that you capture any bitter grounds and prevent them from making it into the final drink.
Convenience is also a big issue as the used paper cones can be merely thrown away with the spent grounds inside. These are strong; they are fully degradable and therefore environmentally friendly.
The filters come in various sizes and it is important to check that you get the right size for your coffee maker. For most standard coffee makers, Size 4 will do the job well; this fits a coffee maker which will produce between 8 and 12 cups of filter coffee.
I have used other filter papers in the past, but if they are too thin and if the seams are not crimped, they can either let the water through too quickly and/or burst with the weight of the grounds and the water. This can be very messy and also spoil your coffee.
A box of 40 papers will last a good long while in most households and work out at less than 3p each. It is also handy to have these in the house when you want to filter other liquids.
Good quality at a fair price.
Melitta Coffee Filter Papers make the whole process of making real coffee in a coffee making machine a lot easier than if you just use the washable filter that comes with the machine. The reason being is that the washable ones that come with machines, often aren't terribly washable. They're extremely hard to get clean(ish) and that can really put you off bothering to make yourself a cup of decent coffee.
These disposable, single use coffee filter papers cost around £1 for a box of 40 in Tesco. I say around £1 as the price keeps jumping around the £1 mark by a few pence of late. I think that's pretty reasonable value anyway, as it equates to each filter costing about 2.5p. When you think how much your real coffee costs you anyway, an extra 2.5p is nothing on top of that really.
These filters are really easy to use. They come in a strong cone shape which holds really well. They're flat packed in the box, and you just need to remove one, open it out with your fingers, then pop it in your machine and add coffee. These filters let the coffee through quickly and easily, while at the same time keeping hold of all of the powder. I've had hardly any grains working their way through into my coffee pot, and what little does get through sinks to the bottom and goes undrunk anyway.
These filters hold together well even when wet which impressed me. You just remove the filter and it's contents from your machine after use (when it's cooled down of course!) and carry it straight to the bin. I think there probably is a small risk of it breaking, as it is basically wet paper with heavy wet coffee inside! But so far, after a couple of months of use, none of these filters have broken on me.
I haven't tried any other brands to compare this brand to, but then I don't think I need to. These are reasonable priced, very quick and easy to use, and the hold well even when wet. I'll continue to buy these for some time to come and happily recommend them to others as well.