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Best Reusable Coffee Filter: 5 Ways To Save

Filter coffee is a classic method of brewing coffee but when you’re using paper filters, you tend to generate a lot of waste that adds up over time. Let’s look at some reusable coffee filters so you can save water and generate less trash.

Granted, paper coffee filters are not as bad as coffee pods, since these are paper which is fully biodegradable and those are plastic, which is not. Still, if you don’t want to throw out paper every time you brew coffee, it’s worth looking into getting reusable filters.

#4 Cone Shape Permanent Coffee Filter

Coffee hack: reuse regular paper filters

Did you know that the regular paper filters you use for dripped coffee can be reused? The paper is remarkably strong, so once you brew your coffee, simply throw out the coffee grounds(or reuse them too) and rinse the paper filter well.

You won’t be able to restore the color back to the way it was, but rinsing it well to remove any coffee grounds does the trick. After rinsing, let the filter fully dry and it will almost be as good as new save for some coffee stains.

Now you can repeat this process 4-5 times, extending the life of each paper filter many times. I am not entirely sure how many times you can reuse the filter, but it’s worth experimenting to try and see how much you can push it!

Don’t want anything to do with paper at all? In that case, you can pick up a fine mesh stainless steel filter, too.

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Best reusable coffee filters: the list

1. #4 Cone Shape Permanent Coffee Filter

This is a classic coffee filter that fits any coffee maker that uses #4 filters. It’s made from high quality surgical grade stainless steel, and is dishwasher safe.

You can get it either as a single filter or a set of two(if you run your dishwasher late in the day and want to brew twice). You can also hand wash it.

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Some people argue that stainless steel changes the taste of coffee. Personally, most of the brewing methods I use have stainless steel filters(french press, espresso) and I don’t notice an objective difference in taste from this to paper. If you do feel like there is a weird taste, I’d suggest thoroughly washing the filter – preferably in a dishwasher – before brewing with it.

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#4 Cone Shape Permanent Coffee Filter
  • 10-12 Cup Permanent Cone Shape Coffee Filter. Fits most coffeemakers using #4 cone filters.
  • Made from Surgical-Grade Stainless Steel. Dishwasher Safe
  • For use with models DCC-1000BK, DTC-975BKN, DCC-750 Series, DCC-1100 Series DCC-1200 Series, DCC-2200, DCC-2600, DCC-2650, DCC-2750, DCC-2800, DCC-2900 and CHW-12
  • Fits models 176, 180, 197, 198, 199, 229, FMC2, 536 and 538. Fits most 10-12 Cup Ninja coffee makers
  • Generic Reusable GoldTone Filter eliminates paper coffee filters and fits any coffeemaker using Size 4 coffee filter

2. Medelco #4 Cone Permanent Coffee Filter

Like the filter above, the Medelco is another generic #4 coffee filter that will fit any coffee maker that uses this size for their filter.

It’s made of high quality stainless steel and is dishwasher safe.

You don’t really need to wash it in the dishwasher every time, though, as you can simply rinse it well and let it air dry. I would recommend washing it in the dishwasher the first time when you receive it, as you want to get any dirt/dust collected in manufacturing/warehousing/shipping to be washed away.

Medelco #4 Cone Permanent Coffee Filter
  • Made from Surgical-Grade Stainless Steel
  • For use all coffee makers using #4 cone filters
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Stainless steel mesh filters grounds not flavor!
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

3. Di ORO K-Carafe Reusable K-Cup for Keurig 2.0

The Di ORO reusable K-Cup is compatible with all Keurig 2.0 K-Carafe brewers. The mesh is coated with 24 karat gold. Gold is extremely unreactive and will actually help in brewing a really good cup of coffee as it does not absorb any flavors whatsoever.

This filter is also free from BPA, lead, and a whole host of other harmful materials. It’s also eco-friendly because you can use it over and over again and you don’t have to spend extra money on disposable pods. You also get to choose whichever blend of coffee you wish to use.

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DI ORO - MaxBrew 24K Gold Reusable K-Carafe Filter for Keurig 2.0 - K-Cup Reusable 4-5 Cup Carafe Filter for Keurig 2.0
  • INNOVATIVE 24K GOLD PURFLOW MAXBREW FILTER - Our unique and aesthetically pleasing 24K gold plated honeycomb patterned MaxBrew filter lets you brew deliciously fresh and flavorful coffee every time. The innovative design of the MaxBrew Filter will assure that you taste the coffee and not the filter as the 24K gold will not absorb unpleasant flavors like cheaper steel filters can.
  • FOR USE IN KEURIG 2.0 BREWERS - The DI ORO MaxBrew Reusable K-Carafe Filter is compatible with K200, K250, K300, K350, K360, K400, K450, K460, K500, K550, K560 Keurig 2.0 Coffee Brewers. Rest assured knowing your Reusable K-Carafe Filter allows you the opportunity to enjoy your favorite coffee while giving you the freedom from spending endless amounts on expensive disposable k-carafe pods.
  • ECONOMICALLY SMART & ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY - Tired of spending your hard earned cash on expensive disposable k-carafe pods while filling landfills with needless waste? The DI ORO MaxBrew Reusable K-Carafe Filter is the solution to this problem as it is reusable while allowing you to choose the coffee you want and love. The K-Carafe Filter is also extremely easy-to-use and gives you option to brew a single cup of coffee or 2-5 cup carafe.
  • 100% BPA, LEAD, DEHP FREE & DISHWASHER SAFE - The premium quality and design of the DI ORO MaxBrew coffee filter will give you years of reliable use and great tasting coffee. You will be happy to know that your MaxBrew Reusable K-Carafe Filter is 100% BPA, Lead, and DEHP Free and can be easily cleaned by hand or in a dishwasher. Save time and effort with easy kitchen clean-up.
  • FOREVER WARRANTY - Our promise is a superior experience for everyone who owns our award-winning DI ORO products. We’re here as a trusted partner, so you can enjoy your purchase with full confidence knowing that our warranty lasts forever.

4. Keurig My K-Cup reusable coffee filter

This is the classic reusable K-Cup from Keurig themselves. This filter won’t fit Keurig 2.0, so if that’s the machine you have, you’ll need to get the one I have listed above.

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Keurig My K-Cup Universal Reusable K-Cup Pod Coffee Filter, Compatible with Keurig Classic/1.0 K-Cup Pod Coffee Makers, 1 Count, White
  • For use with keurig classic series brewers only.
  • Removable lid for easy filling and cleaning
  • Optimized for all k cup brew sizes (4ounce To 12ounce Depending on your brewer model)
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • Made with premium materials for high durability

Can you save money with reusable coffee filters?

At the start of this post, the motivation we mentioned for switching to reusable filters was that you can be more environmentally friendly.

Paper filters require trees and water to manufacture(a lot more water than you’d think) and though they’re biodegradable, you’re still throwing out a little extra trash.

Have a look at these paper coffee filters:

#4 Cone Coffee Filters (Natural Unbleached, 300)
  • High Quality - Sturdy and resistant to tearing, these filters will keep grounds out of your coffee.
  • Standard Size - Made to fit all 12 cup coffee makers which use cone filters. If you aren't sure what size coffee filter to use, please consult the packaging for your coffee brewer.
  • Superior Taste - Paper filters remove most oils and micro coffee particles which cause coffee to turn bitter. Metal and cloth filters can let these into your cup.
  • Eco-friendly & Made In The USA - Biodegradable and made from paper, a renewable resource. All manufactured right here in the US.
  • Easy Clean Up - Disposable filters mean that you can toss the grounds without needing to clean out a metal filter.

By comparison, you can get a reusable coffee filter:

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#4 Cone Shape Permanent Coffee Filter
  • 10-12 Cup Permanent Cone Shape Coffee Filter. Fits most coffeemakers using #4 cone filters.
  • Made from Surgical-Grade Stainless Steel. Dishwasher Safe
  • For use with models DCC-1000BK, DTC-975BKN, DCC-750 Series, DCC-1100 Series DCC-1200 Series, DCC-2200, DCC-2600, DCC-2650, DCC-2750, DCC-2800, DCC-2900 and CHW-12
  • Fits models 176, 180, 197, 198, 199, 229, FMC2, 536 and 538. Fits most 10-12 Cup Ninja coffee makers
  • Generic Reusable GoldTone Filter eliminates paper coffee filters and fits any coffeemaker using Size 4 coffee filter

As you can see, the reusable filter costs much less than the paper filter, and you’d already start saving money once you cross 150 brew cycles.

Note: If you decide to reuse paper filters as I mentioned at the beginning of the post, you can obviously make it last much longer and the math would change.

Reusable coffee pods

So we’ve seen you can save money if you’re using paper filters. You also most definitely save money by using reusable coffee pods, too.

Keurig, Nespresso, and other single serve coffee pods are quite expensive, and the costs really add up, especially if you drink more than one cup per day.

The average cost of a K-Cup is $0.50 per pod. In just 16 cups, the cost of the filter will have paid for itself!

If you added the cost of coffee, say $10 per 500 grams, and you’re using 15 grams per pod, that works out to $0.30 per cup. Combining the cost of the filter and the cup, you’re still going to save in the long run.

Using reusable pods will not only help you save money and reduce the amount of trash you generate, but it will also help make your coffee taste better as you can start using freshly ground coffee rather than the months-old coffee in the pre-made pods.

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About Shabbir

Shabbir is the Chief Caffeine Officer at Coffee In My Veins. When he's not weighing out coffee beans for his next brew, you can find him writing about his passion: coffee.

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