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Topic: gold coffee filters (14 msgs / 275 lines)
1) From: Beth Henkels
Just wondering if anyone can tell me if there is a difference between gold
coffee filters; i.e. Braun and Swiss Gold etc.  Are they the same thing, is
one better than the other?
Thanks,
Beth

2) From: Eddie Dove
Beth,
Swissgold is actually 23 karat gold and most others are "gold tone".
The Swissgold filters have a herringbone pattern of slots cut into a
sheet whereas others are a mesh weave like a screen.
Personally, I prefer the Swissgold.  I have several in different
sizes, and quite like them.
Hope this helps ...
Respectfully,
Eddie
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3) From: Beth Henkels
Thanks, Eddie, you are always very helpful!
Beth

4) From: Aaron
the swiss gold is coated with 23 carat gold, in the hopes that being 
gold, it won't react with the acids etc in your coffee and taint the 
flavor....  the coffee is in contact with it for such a brief time that 
it'd be probably non noticeable anyways if it did.
the other ones, ie braun, the gold is a coloring basically and the 
screens are generally of a stainless steel type metal.... again, which 
honestly, given the coffee is in contact with it for only a minute or 
two really isn't going to taint the flavor to a noticeable difference 
though I am sure some will claim they can taste the metal in it.
The swiss gold has a diferent cut on it which may help with flavor 
exctraction of the coffee while the other ones are more of a piece of 
screening really and nothing super fancy.
If one is truly worried about flavors leeching through, screw the metal 
period, get a nylon filter.
I find it amazing that people will fuss over a filter, screeching that 
the metal of the filter contaminates their coffee etc etc, yet they will 
turn right around and heat that water in the first place.. in an 
aluminum pot / boiler.  Possibly steel, or maybe brass.... all of which 
are highly reactive metals in themselves.
Don't get my wrong, I am a big swiss gold fan, but I got them for the 
ease of use (no papers and crap to have to deal with) and the 
portability, a quick cup of coffee. and an easy clean, rinse under the 
faucet with hot water and scrub gently.... and not so much for the 
purity of the filter layer.
Aaron

5) From: Angelo
I love the folks that believe in the "all-glass" vac pots marketing 
hype. I forget which company it was that was pushing that obvious bs 
just to sell their pots with glass filters. Sometimes, I think every 
day is April 1st...
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6) From: Scott Marquardt
On 4/1/07, Aaron  wrote:
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IMO, the unusual hole shape (seehttp://snipurl.com/1es44) was
probably designed to reduce clogging, thus preventing stalled brews.
This design also increases the amount of fines beyond what more
conventional hole morphologies yield; it's AMAZING how much sludge a
Swiss Gold filter can produce.
- S

7) From: Aaron
Scott I have to agree with you that the swiss gold can make sludge.
me personally I like the body in my cup of coffee, something I can chew 
on, and worse case, when the cup is sitting in my car for 4 days and it 
all dries out to a cake on the bottom, I can add water and leave sit in 
the windshield for a few hours for a new fresh hot cup of coffee!!  (ok 
kidding, i had to try though didn't I?)
grinding a bit coarser can reduce the sludge a lot too.
Aaron

8) From: raymanowen
Take a gander at the woven stainless steel filters: <http://www.directmetals.com/products/wire/>They must be OK for Specialty coffee- they're Specialty filters...
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9) From: Aaron
Oh cool, so I can pour my coffee over vent ducting, and have the added 
bonus of cooling it  down to a drinkable temperature too.
i wonder... if I pour it on the coils of my A/C unit, maybe it will 
clean them off too so I don't have to scrub a summer's worth of grunge 
off them, and I can just retrieve it from the pan drain... now THAT is 
some body in that coffee!!
Aaron

10) From: L. Michael Fraley, MD
Yes,  When I used a cheaper grinder and ground the coffee finer, I got 
too much sludge (and a few stalls.)  Once I started using my Mazzer 
Mini to grind for my TV (on the advice of several on here) I had good 
body, but not much sludge at all.  And, sweeter coffee with the coarser 
grind.
Michael
On Apr 1, 2007, at 7:53 PM, Aaron wrote:
Scott I have to agree with you that the swiss gold can make sludge.
me personally I like the body in my cup of coffee, something I can chew 
on, and worse case, when the cup is sitting in my car for 4 days and it 
all dries out to a cake on the bottom, I can add water and leave sit in 
the windshield for a few hours for a new fresh hot cup of coffee!!  (ok 
kidding, i had to try though didn't I?)
grinding a bit coarser can reduce the sludge a lot too.
Aaron

11) From: Scott Marquardt
On 4/1/07, raymanowen  wrote:
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12) From: Scott Marquardt
Aack!
Try to give a direct link and that's what I get.
Just do a search from their home page.
On 4/1/07, Scott Marquardt  wrote:
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13) From: raymanowen
Allied Radio was at 100 N Western Ave.
Egad, how I'd love to drive in to that will call dock and pick up the
Electro Voice 30W's now! Or anything out of the 1957 catalog that had
Sputnik on the cover.
I had just started high school and was working on my Novice Ham ticket.
(KN9LHP) Allied was an electronics Disneyland for amateur radio buffs and Hi
Fi "audiophile" wannabes.
My cousins on S. Longwood Dr. couldn't believe Dad actually allowed and
helped me install the 30W in the stairway ceiling at home.
I was still the defacto coffee maker using a vaculator and the wall grinder.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?

14) From: Robert Joslin
A trip down memory lane. My first stereo tuner/amp was an Allied kit.  I
still have two or three catalogs from the 60s buried around here somewhere.
On 4/3/07, raymanowen  wrote:
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