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Cilio Porcelain No. 2 Filter Holder
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- Made of fire-proof hard porcelain
- Holds standard #2 paper or mesh filter
- Loop handle for easy placement
- 5.5-inch diameter by 4.5-inch high
- Dishwasher safe
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Brew the old-fashioned-way - for better flavor
porcelain filter holders in 3 sizes
For a superior cup of coffee, brew it fresh: Simply place a filter* inside these porcelain filter holders and place it atop a coffee pot, insulated server, or mug. Manual brewing brings out a clean, smooth flavor as it takes out the harshness of certain coffees.
- Rinse filter holder with hot water.
- Set atop of coffee pot, insulated server or mug.
- Place filter inside holder.
- Add ground coffee (medium to fine grind). Per 5 fl. oz. cup, use 0.3 oz freshly ground coffee.
- Starting in the center, pour a small amount of the pre-heated and pre-measured water in a circular motion over the ground coffee until the surface is wet.
- Wait for 30 seconds to let the coffee "bloom", then slowly add the remaining hot water.
- Total brew time should be between 2-3 minutes.
Made of fire-proof hard porcelain.
* The smallest filter holder accommodates a cone filter #2, medium #4, large #6. You may use paper or mesh cone filters, but for the purest taste sensation, we recommend Frieling's permanent foil filters (gold tone or 23 karat gold plate), also available at Amazon.
Size: No. 2
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One reviewer commented that the drain hole is too large, and they get weak coffee. Please look online to see how to make coffee using a filter cone. I've been using filter cones for years (the yucky plastic kind until I got my ceramic cone!) and this is my method: run water through the paper filter first. Put coffee (plenty) into paper filter/cone. Now this is imperative--pour just a tablespoon or two of hot water onto the grounds. Wait. Let the coffee "bloom" for at least 30 seconds. One minute is better. Then slowly pour more water in.
Okay that's my review. Cheers and happy coffee drinking!
- Weight and thickness: the HIC is significantly heavier and thicker than the Frieling Cilio. I like the lighter weight of this one.
- Number of drain holes: HIC has three, Frieling Cilio has one larger one. No noticeable difference in draining time.
- Outer diameter of bottom rim: this is the ring that helps keeps the filter holder in place on your carafe. Frieling Cilio has a smaller diameter (2 7/16") vs. HIC (2 3/4"). My carafe opening diameter is also 2 3/4" which makes the HIC very awkward and unsteady. Your carafe needs to have a larger diameter opening than the bottom rim on the filter holder.
Small differences, but they add up. I like the Frieling Cilio much better; it's worth the extra cost.
1. The drain rate on the No. 2 filter holder (and presumably the rate on the other size holders with one drainage hole)-- I have plastic Melittas with both one and three holes, and both drain at a good rate (not too slow, yet not so fast as to result in weak coffee). This holder has one hole, and the drain rate is the same as my plastic models-- just fine.
2. The holder handle is sufficient for the weight of the holder-- I didn't find it too thin or at all unstable.
3. The box the holder came in screams "Asia", but it has German words on it. Nowhere does it say either "Made in China" nor "Made in Germany". I can only hope that I haven't traded my BPAs for a lead glaze. :)
4. Because porcelain is more slippery than plastic, the filters don't stay put so well in the holder despite the inside ridges. This isn't really a problem, and the filter drops to the bottom once you put the coffee in.
5. My holder had no deformities or glaze imperfections.
I miss being able to "tap-tap-tap" the plastic holder on the top of my coffee cup to get the coffee back into the center of it after having one cup. I always add a little more coffee and use the filter again for my second cup. I can't do this with porcelain because of the break-factor. The holder is also more slippery on the top of certain cups. All in all I think it's still worth it, assuming this thing is made with food-safe glaze.
Bonus! I bought the No.2 size holder to make single cups, but I learned long ago to buy (Melitta) #4 filters for the No. 2 holder. These stick up over the top and are easier to handle and also absorb a little of the water and prevent some spillage of grounds into your cup if you get careless or overzealous pouring. The base size is the same as the #2 filter-- they're just taller.
EDIT to add: The box this holder was packed in was marked with the brand Cillo but the sticker on the holder itself said "HIC".
It's well made, has not given me any problems, and makes the best cup of coffee. It is to be used with a paper cone filter. It hols the filter, but doesn't replace a filter.
First, which size should you choose? Multiply the "number" by 4 and that's about how many ounces of coffee you can make at one time. #4 makes about 16 ounces. You can make less of course, but note that the #6 is going to be very big and much heavier than the #4. Also note that the #6 filters aren't everywhere like the #2 and #4. However, you CAN put a smaller paper filter in, though the capacity will be that of the smaller filter. So you can buy a #6 and put in a #2 filter and make 8 ounces of coffee.
Now, how is it that your local coffee shop's coffee is so much better than yours at home? Here are the secrets that they use but you don't. First, they grind their coffee a little courser than you would. Second, they use a lot of coffee per cup: 1.5 scoops. But the thing that really stands out is the fact that their filters are HUGE, so the water sits in the grounds for a lot longer than your Mr. Coffee and that pulls a lot more flavor out.
So how can you get exactly the same results? Here's how I do it. It sounds complicated but it's very easy and very fast. And you can buy fairly inexpensive coffee and it still tastes great.
Use 1.25 scoops per # of your filter. #4 filter: 4 x 1.25 = 5 scoops. Grind it coarser than you should for a cone filter, by about a full number on the grinder.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for my morning coffee. It's big enough to hold coffee grounds for my 20oz travel mug. Just don't get the suggested coffee filters for this - they do a terrible job at keeping... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Matthew B.
giving it away. it is way too heavy--an accident looking for a place to happen.Published 13 days ago by Paulette Tansey
I had a hard time brewing coffee that was not bitter. I ended up getting a Chemex which I was able to master more easily.Published 14 days ago by Guitar Rick
This is a beautiful looking product, but the Melitta #6 filters fit very, very poorly and that is super frustrating; you always have to refold the filter for it to work. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mac Goelst
too heavy and the part that protrudes into the cup to secure it isn't deep enough. better off with a plastic melittaPublished 1 month ago by Steve
Excellent. Better than other brands I've tried (old melitta ceramic, and sur la tab ceramic) . Single hole at the bottom allows for a little more soaking time, much better than... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This dripper fits #4 filters very well. The glaze, inner drip grooves and overall appearance is nicer than other ceramic drippers I've used. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wes
i got this as an alternative to the plastic one i had been using. this has a good mechanism, with the water flowing at just the right speed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by smithersz