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Topic: rinse out those paper filters (43 lines)
1) From: Gary Zimmerman
Les Gayne wrote:
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Yes.  I put a paper filter in the Melitta filter holder, then rinse it 
thoroughly under the hot water tap while turning it until all parts have 
been rinsed a couple of times.  Then I shake out the filter to remove any 
excess water (you have to do this just right so you don't collapse the 
paper filter).  I end up with a slightly damp filter, to which I add the 
ground coffee.
I've found it makes a big difference (to me).  I've also found the white 
filters seem to rinse out better than the brown ones, all ecological 
discussion aside.  I can really taste the paper taste of unrinsed paper 
filters, unless the coffee is brewed quite strong.  Maybe it's more a smell 
thing than taste; in any case, it's distracting and annoying.  Really like 
a wet paper towel.
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No matter what you do, paper-filtered coffee will taste different from that 
of a permanent filter.  I think it's just as good, if not better - more 
likely to be "smoother", but never quite as "rich" or "full".  Paper just 
filters out so much more. (One study suggested it was healthier, as it 
filtered out something that seemed to slightly elevate cholesterol.  Other 
methods of brewing raised cholesterol - but coffee research is always 
contradictory, so take any coffee health claims - good or bad - with a big 
ground of salt.)
To compensate for the greater filtration of paper, I probably brew a little 
stronger when I'm using paper, but even at equal strengths, paper-filtered 
will just taste different.  I occasionally use a gold filter, or press pot, 
or vacuum brewer (Bodum Santos) for variety.  But I'm used to the paper 
filtered brews most days for their smoothness and their convenience.
When I'm stuck somewhere without my own coffee, and with a commercial, Mr. 
Coffee-like drip brewer, I always make a point of rinsing the filter in the 
basket well.  It helps even make horrid, stale coffee taste marginally better.
-- garyZ
WhirleyPop-drip(paper)-black
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