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Topic: Do cloth filters in vacuum pots affect the flavor? (3 msgs / 76 lines)
1) From: Michael Snow
Perhaps this subject was discussed in the past, but I scanned through  
all the subjects in the past year and didn't see anything relevant.
I've been using a Bodum Santos for years, and after breaking my third  
upper chamber (actually the last two seem to have cracked on their  
own, not from hitting them accidentally -- they suddenly developed an  
oval-shaped crack in the side for no apparent reason), and  
discovering that replacement chambers were backordered for several  
weeks at suppliers, I decided to try a Yama. I am appreciating the  
heaver glass on the Yama, but I am getting what tastes to me like a  
cloth taste in the cup from the cloth filter. The Bodum plastic  
filter works in the Yama, so I tried brewing the same coffee with the  
Bodum filter, and the taste is much cleaner. Same results when tried  
a second time using each filter.
The question is, does that cloth taste go away in time? Is there any  
way to hasten its departure? Also, how quickly do coffee oils build  
up on it and affect the flavor? How often does one have to seriously  
clean the filter? I like the idea of the cloth filter, since I  
imagine it probably prevents the occasional lack of flow back into  
the pot after extinguishing the flame that I experienced with the Bodum.
I have a Cory glass rod around here somewhere and could try that,  
too, but despite Tom's reservation about the plastic filter in the  
Bodum, I've never tasted any difference with it compared to a glass  
rod (I tried that in the Bodum several years ago). It's easy to  
clean, and I clean the whole assembly with CleanCaf every 4 months (I  
only have one cup a day on average).
Another good thing about the Yama is that the bottom of the tube of  
the upper chamber comes close enough to the bottom of the pot that I  
can brew a single cup, although I have to use at least 7oz of water.  
The Bodum is the real champ in that regard -- the bottom of the tube  
is quite close to the bottom of the pot, and I can easily brew a  
single 6oz cup with it with no loss in strength or quality.

2) From: Aaron
I would have to say yes cloth will affect the flavor.
cloth implies, cotton, burlap, whatever...nylon etc really don't count 
as cloth IMHO since its more of a plastic / Polymer in nature.
cloth....it can leave flavors in the coffee, but also, it can absorb 
flavors / oils from the coffee and alter the taste that way....  given 
the absorbative nature of cloth, id say it is very difficult at best to 
wash EVERYTHING out of it, and you might have entrails left in it from 
past brewings to possibly get bitter, go ransid, etc etc to affect 
future brewings....
personally id stay away from cloth
aaron

3) From: Woody DeCasere
i noticed it the first couple of brews, but then it seemed to go away i
store mine in a containre of cold water in the fridge and rinse it out
before and after i use it, so far it has been fine no residual coffee flavor
or baggy taste
On 3/14/07, Aaron  wrote:
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