How Many Coffee Filters Should I Use?

By Admin February 1, 2022

Have you ever been asked the question, “ How many coffee filters should I use?” You’re probably thinking… one (duh!).

However, this may come as news to you, but there is such a thing as double filter coffee. When we heard about this, we were just as confused as you may be right now. After learning how this method alters java taste, we can understand why some people prefer it. 

Do we recommend using more than one filter? We’ll cover this and more right here. 

Pros and Cons of Using More Than One Coffee Filter  

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to brewing methods. And just like any method, there are pros and cons. Let’s go over what you can expect from double filter coffee.

The Good 

Coffee filters serve two main functions: they filter out grounds and slow down the flow of water. Therefore, using more than one coffee filter will cycle water more slowly, resulting in stronger flavors.  If you’re looking to punch up your coffee in the morning, this is one way to do so. 

The Bad

While you’ll receive a bolder taste by using two filters, many people are thrown off by the aggressive flavors. If you are looking to enjoy your cup of joe and aren’t just drinking it for the caffeine boost, you’ll want to stick to one filter. Let’s face it – double filter coffee simply can’t compete with the clean taste single filter java offers.

Also, brewing times are longer when using multiple coffee filters. Do you really want to wait longer for your cups of joe in the morning? For some, this isn’t an issue, but if you’re constantly in a rush, you’ll want to stick to one filter when making java.

The last reason double filter brewing is typically a bad idea is it can damage your coffee machine. If you plan on using more than one filter, use the pour-over method. Otherwise, you’ll be forcing your appliance to work harder than it needs to; brewing time will increase, which can lead to overflows or clogging.

Does the Type of Filter I’m Using Matter?

The short answer – yes. You want to be conscious of the type of filter you’re using, as it will affect the overall taste and texture of your cup of joe. There are three types to consider: paper, cloth, and metal filters. 

Let’s talk about each and how they’ll impact your brew.

Paper Filters

These are the most common type of filters, and you probably already have them in your pantry. This filter is ready to use, and after using it once, it’s thrown away. The only downfall to paper filters is they remove coffee oil – one reason some people choose not to use it.

The result? You get a clean cup of coffee using paper filters with a taste that’s on the acidic side.

Cloth Filters

This next one is probably the least commonly used one. Cloth filters retain oil which results in a better cup of joe. While paper filters may result in a more acidic cup, using cloth filters means a sweeter brew. The downfall to these is they require quite some time to clean since you need to clean them after every use.

The result? Because they retain coffee oils, you’ll get a sweeter brew!

Metal Filters

Finally, the last type is called a metal filter. Like cloth, they are reusable and retain all the coffee oils. They are also super easy to clean, which is nice since you’ll be able to use the same filter daily. However, these coffee filters do pose a problem of their own. Most don’t carry the size pores other ones do, which results in grainier cups of brew.

The result? These filters retain oil well; however, you can expect a grainer cup of joe.

Should I Use Two Coffee Filters? 

Imagine brewing coffee with no filter. Your end result is going to be significantly different, and it’s going to throw you off. The same applies to multiple coffee filters. You’re going to receive a stronger taste, and honestly, there’s only one way to find out if you like it. Try it out!

We hope this guide has helped you better understand why some people choose to use more than one coffee filter. Now that you’re prepared on what to expect and how to brew java using multiple filters go out there and give it a try. 

Happy caffeinating!