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Aeropress Metal Filter v's Paper Filter - Which is best?

n this video Luke dives in deep to compare the Metal Filter versus the Paper Filter in the AeroPress Coffee Maker. He discusses his experience using each of the filters and he also brews up an AeroPress Coffee using each filter. Luke also talks through the pro's and cons of each one and lets you know what his preferred option is.

Let us know if you brew with the AeroPress and which filter you find works best for you.

Thanks for watching!


Unedited Video Transcript


aeropress filters paper or
metal which one is the best for you hey
stick about and i'll tell you all you
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today we are focusing in on the two
types of filters that you can use in
the amazing aeropress so when you get
your aeropress
you do get a set of normal filters
aeropress insert now
all right so when it gets delivered to
it does come with 350 paper filters
now the key thing to understand that in
the instruction guide here
you are explained on the side here to
brew with the aeropress actually on top
of your cup
so that is one very specific method on
how you actually brew with an aeropress
when you buy a metal filter something
like the able fine disk which is the one
that we usually recommend
it actually tells you to do the inverted
so i'm going to take you through those
two options in the
abled disk it actually does give you a
description here on how to do that as
so there are two different methods for
the different filters
but what actually happens when you brew
the coffee i will actually brew them as
well and we'll show you a couple of the
differences as well
so let's take a look at the paper filter
in a bit more detail
so as i said you get 350 in the pack
these paper filters essentially
are made of paper so they will have an
environmental effect
um essentially you do have to have that
paper filter with you to be able to brew
if you run out of filters you're not
going to be able to brew a coffee
so that side of it can be a bit of a
but what people do find is it gives them
a much cleaner
cup and it does that because the paper
filter is so
fine and it actually holds all the
coffee oils
in the filter and it doesn't end up in
the cup
um how you actually use it you do need
to wet it before you
um start to bruise there's a little bit
more of a process there
but essentially it is a handy product to
as long as you've got them so when you
run out of paper filters you do have to
a refilter pack 350 for about seven
so that is an ongoing cost that you're
going to have to pay just to enjoy
making coffee with the aeropress the
other thing to consider
when you're using a paper filter is you
can have a coarser grind
which means it is a bit easier to press
when you're using the aeropress so
if you do have a bit of a struggle
pushing down on an aeropress
probably the paper filter would be the
way to go so the able
fine disc is the one we have here today
you can get this in a course
option as well but we do tend to use
this one
because we can grind finer and that does
that it does get a bit of a richer
flavor there's definitely more surface
area of the grind
when you're getting the water to it so
for us that gives us a bit of a richer
again because it isn't a paper filter
those coffee oils are going to end in
the cup
and tend to give a bit more body to the
actual coffee that you're brewing
it's obviously reusable um it's it is
quite durable
and as long as you don't lose it that's
going to last you a lifetime
i've got one i use all the time had for
about three years now and it's still as
good as new
so as long as i don't lose it i can make
coffee wherever i want
so um cool little product and they're
about 20 bucks if you buy them and as i
said it does brew a little bit
with the inverted method because it is
so fine these tiny little holes you do
have to press a
little bit harder on the aeropress to
get your extraction
so you've got to make sure you do hold
your cup and the connection with the
aeropress a little bit more firmer
make sure you don't slip but other than
that it's a great little product
so let me take you through a quick brew
with the paper filter
i'll just tidy up a bit of mess here
got our hot water ready to go and
i've got two grind pots here so this is
a little bit coarser and we're a bit
finer to use our metal
so the method that
you should be doing when you're using
your paper
is popping it into your little black
basket here
wetting that down
connecting it back to your aeropress
popping it onto your cup
inserting your coffee this is a single
origin we've got here at the moment
there we go
just tap that out nice and level and
we're going to add in
200 grams of liquid so
i need a scale pop that under there and
tear off the whole uh cup the coffee and
the aero press
so as i said 200 grams we're going to
add that in
and you can see it is starting to brew
there as well
and that's just basically the gravity
going through the paper filter
and give it a quick little stir
so you get complete saturation
and pop on your top just remove that
from your scale
now you can add a brew time in here
usually a minute or two minutes
for this purpose i'm just going to be
pressing it down straight away
now it is a bit easier to press this
as i said because it's a finer grind and
you'll see that the
the brew that's coming out is very clean
and clear
now i'm not going to fill this whole cup
up with the full 200 grams there
but i will just show you
there we go what we've ended up with so
we've got a nice clean
cup there it doesn't look too heavy
so i've still got some liquid left in
this aeropress i'm just going to quickly
off another one here
and then i can show you what the
cleanup's like with a paper filter
a couple of air bubbles start to come
out when you've basically made your way
through all of that
lovely coffee with the water there we go
unscrew your cap now that's nice and
clean which is great
and you've got your paper filter there
and your coffee essentially is
so you can simply flick that into the
bin and with a quick
rinse you should be ready to brew again
there we go now we're ready to go again
so now we're going to make the
brew with a metal filter again we're
going to pop it on top of
our scale tear that off we'll pop our
coffee in
okay and pop our water in
so obviously no need to pre-wet this
filter just pop it straight in
pop it on make sure it's nice and secure
take it off our scale
now i forgot to give that a bit of a
so make sure you get complete saturation
on that coffee and the water
then pop your lid on and you're going to
this just to get the air gap between the
top of the water
and the actual metal filter just so that
it can come through with a little bit of
a creamer on the top there
pop your cup on invert that and press
now it is a lot firmer to press because
it is that finer grind
and it is um
going through a fine filter too
okay so i'm just gonna finish off the
other side there
as air bubbles have come through now
when i show you that
straight up you can see the difference
between a metal and a paper filter
as we're talking about earlier that
paper filter has held back all those
coffee oils
um and kept it a much cleaner cup
the metal filter has actually formed a
bit of a crema on there
because we are passing the water through
a very fine hole
and those oils have ended up in the cup
if you want something looks like a bit
of a cappuccino or something like that
with a crema when you add some milk to
you can see that's what the metal filter
is going to do
the cleanup of the metal filter is
pretty similar so we can just remove our
we've got our metal filter there you
just take that off i usually just give
it a spin
and turn it off and there's only a
little bit of mess there
again a little rinse and it's clean
and a coffee bed is great just to
pop off again
a little rinse
and you're ready to go so essentially
the cleanup
isn't that much different where the
variables come into in the cleanup is if
whether you choose to finish your whole
all the way down to that coffee bed and
actually hear the air come through
the coffee and the filter if you're not
going to do those it can be a bit messy
on either one of them there's no real
diff between the paper or the metal
that's still going to be a challenge
so that's why i use the extra little cup
just to get rid of the rest of that brew
so two different methods as well
so if you like the inverted you would
usually go for
this instruction using your metal filter
if you like your paper brewing you would
be brewing the other way as per the
instructions in the aeropress box
so what's my choice well from day one
i've always used metal filters wherever
i go that's been my choice
i think it gives a bit more body to the
flavor of the coffee that i'm going to
usually it's when we're out and about
camping with friends and it means that i
brew quite a few more solid brews maybe
into a larger brew ratio
and then i can just top up four cups
let's say and add hot water to them
so it's a lot quicker way for me to make
so guys i hope that's helped you
understand between a paper filter and a
metal filter and which one suits you
if you've got any tips hey shoot us a
question down the bottom love to hear
about them
and tell us whether you do like paper or
metal it'd be great to see
which one's winning out there with you
guys thanks very much have an awesome

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