Coffee free of sediment undeniably allows for a more pleasant drinking experience, as you do not have to concern yourself over mistakenly sipping coffee grounds. What many may not realize though is that these micro-grounds alter the flavour profile rather drastically. Their presence thickens the texture of the liquid and distorts the finer details of the flavour, so in their absence, coffee will be lighter while offering a much higher flavour clarity, allowing you to not only enjoy the subtle nuances of the coffee bean, such as the sweetness or acidity, but to differentiate the taste of a maple sweetness or an apricot acidity.
The absorbency of paper filters will also prevent the natural oils produced from the coffee beans from reaching your final cup. Whether you enjoy these oils is a matter of personal preference. Similar to coffee fines (extra fine coffee grounds), they greatly contribute to the body of the coffee and work to enhance the aroma and deepen the flavour, though you may find that you prefer the bright, crisp and clean cup of coffee you can achieve by using paper filters.
Paper filters are very simple to use. They are disposable, so offer the convenience of a minimal clean-up and remove the need to maintain a filter over time. If you are concerned about excessive waste, depending on the brand, you can add both the filter and the used coffee grounds to your compost for an eco-friendly choice.
Should You Use Paper Filters?
They are recommended for anyone who appreciates a short but focused coffee brewing experience and a light, crisp cup of coffee. They are considered to be an entry level tool, due to their ease of use, though are not to be underestimated. As the brewing method requires focus and care they can offer an interesting challenge for any coffee connoisseur to master.
How to Use Paper Filters:
Step 7: Allow the coffee to bloom for thirty seconds. Once all the coffee is properly saturated and the water has dripped through, repeat this step an additional two times, or until you have 180ml of coffee.