Able Brewing Disk Fine Coffee Filter for Aeropress Coffee & Espresso Maker - Stainless Steel Reusable
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- The DISK Coffee Filter is a reusable filter designed to be used with the AeroPress® Coffee Maker
- This allows more oils and a fuller bodied cup of coffee when used with the AeroPress®. Eliminates the need for paper filters, which is especially convenient when traveling.
- FINE: Very sweet clean cup of coffee with very little fines to none at all. It is thinner (1/3 of the Standard) and should be handled with care as bending/damage is more likely.
- 100% Made in USA by Able Brewing. All packaging is post-consumer recycled and FSC certified
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The DISK Coffee Filter is a reusable filter designed to be used with the AeroPress® Coffee Maker. This allows more oils and a fuller bodied cup of coffee when used with the AeroPress®. Eliminates the need for paper filters, which is especially convenient when traveling.
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So why are they cogging? Well, I am not sure but I do have a guess.. I live in Arizona where all of our water comes from miles and miles of desert canals to be treated at the City's treatment plants.. That means the water here is hard as hell. Even when treated with my R.O. system. I think the mix of hard water and coffee oils are simply clogging up these tiny holes. And I cant get them to unclog at this point.
If you have had success unclogging the holes please share. I went back to paper filters today. Yuck.
Very durable despite being such a thin and porous metal, but I'd suggest a little care in handling it just to remain on the safe side. Besides the better taste of the coffee, it eliminates you ever having to worry about running low on the paper filters as well as their expense. Cleanup is as simple as rinse and run a dishcloth/sponge over each side and you're done, not quite as convenient as discarding it with the grind puck but I'll take that trade off for what I've gained without hesitation.
One would not buy a reusable filter to save money since you can buy years worth of paper filters for the same price. However I was always wanting to see if the paper-less filters could pass more of the coffee beans' oil/flavor that I enjoy. So one day I decided to order a reusable filter to test out. But which one? There are so many that show up on Amazon and in other places that it makes it a bit overwhelming to decide who gets your $7-$20 and ensure you are getting a value deal on a good filter. I figure there are two basic types of reusable Aeropress filters out there at this time. #1 mesh type. #2 perforated type. Each type has at least 3 or more companies marketing them. It is difficult to determine who actually manufactures theirs and who simply re-brands? This makes it tough to determine if one is better than the other in terms of fitment, function, and durability. I doubt any of the brands will honestly confirm their position(s) between manufacture and point of sale.
Review: Considering the above, I thought it was time to try a different perforated style (this is my 3rd reusable filter trial). I had already been using Able's standard DISK filter. Here is where Able's FINE DISK filter comes in. When I bought their standard DISK filter I read many reviews and did internet research on as many different brands of perforated filters as I could. Looked at reviews and product details to pull info on who manufactured it, where it was manufactured, materials used, assembly process, warranty, customer service policies, overall feeling of the company, etc. It seemed to me that Able and their DISK filters had my preferred mixture of requirements. Plus their satisfaction policy, design update, and customer service history suggested that either good or bad I could not lose out. Note that Able offers two different DISK filters, standard and fine. The standard DISK is listed for a fuller coffee with some fines. The fine DISK is much thinner and is listed for a cleaner coffee with less fines. This time I ordered and received their FINE DISK filter. I do not know if Able manufactures their DISK filter or if they re-brand it. Either way I do not care since this filter has very good performance and appears to be durable. Marketed as made in the USA.
It fits the AeroPress cap fine, the looser tolerance that some comment is moot as it has no impact on the "seal". It isn't that much tighter tolerance than the S Filter or DISK filter I used before. This one is much thinner than the other filters. Although not so thin that you would have a panic attack each time you use it, just use some caution and common sense. Able suggests using the labeled side towards the cap. I did not have any issues installing the cap with the DISK in place (a little thicker than paper filters). It works great when brewing inverted, just go about the same way you did with paper filters. I tried non-inverted which worked alright with a bit more leakage than the S Filter but less than the standard DISK. Definitely employ one of the techniques to slow down the early drip. My AeroPress is occasionally used for pour over, which works satisfactorily. Either method used, I have not seen any grounds make their way through into my cup. Listed for a "cleaner" coffee with less fines is sort of dumb, I'd more so call it a "clearer" cup. More coffee oils are getting through which gets me closer to the cup of coffee I want. Crema is not going to get through since it mostly gets hung up while passing through the grounds...not the filter's fault since this is just the way the AeroPress works.
Cleanup is acceptable. To be fair no reusable filter is going to be as easy cleanup as a paper filter since paper goes right in the trash bin with the grounds puck. So the FINE DISK's cleanup is about what I would expect from any reusable filter. The FINE DISK has a tendency to stick to the cap when wet so use care when removing. My suggestion is to rinse it off right away (as you should anyways). Pouring water into the AeroPress cap will help dislodge a sticky FINE DISK. A few times I procrastinated my cleanup duties which resulted in dried grounds stuck to it. This makes it a bit harder to clean later on. Also I think the perforated is less vulnerable than the mesh filters when it's not supported by the cap. I would still avoid pushing and scraping at the filter carelessly. However there will be grounds lodged into some of the perforations making a complete cleanup difficult. Although this tendency is much less than with the standard DISK. I have not tried a cleaning it in the dishwasher yet, but that might be a good monthly routine to pick up.
Overall I see no downsides as long as you are someone that wants the coffee that a reusable filter produces. If you are fine with paper filtered coffee or use coffee additives then stick to paper. For myself I would recommend this FINE DISK filter and will continue to use it until I order another reusable filter to review against. So far this is my favorite reusable filter I have tried thus far.
4/9/2015 - The FINE DISK is less problematic than the DISK in regard to grinds getting lodged into the filter holes. But over time even the FINE DISK does build up some grind "blockage" that adds resistance to the pressing. The FINE DISK occasionally needs a deeper cleaning to remove the blockage. I usually let the filter sit in a cup of white vinegar overnight then rinse out the filter the next day. That usually gets most of the blockage out. If there are any pesky grinds left I head to the garage and use a blast of compressed air.....maybe one of those computer air blasters would work too.
*Current filter trials:
AeroPress Filter (paper)
Kaffeologie S Filter (mesh) - I like
Able DISK filter (perforated)
Able FINE DISK filter (perforated) - I like