If you use reusable coffee filters, then you have probably felt the pain of trying to make your morning coffee and realizing you have no more filters.
You don’t have to begrudgingly face the day without your java. There are several common kitchen items that can replace your coffee filters in a tight pinch.
Paper towels are commonplace in most kitchens. If you find you have run out of coffee filters, then those paper towels will come in handy.
In a pinch, you can filter your coffee through paper towels by lining the area where your filter would normally go. If your paper towels are thin, make sure to double them up so the coffee grounds don’t break through.
Sieves are not as common as paper towels but will work as a filter in a pinch if you have them. You want to use the finest meshed sieve you have to keep coffee grounds from passing into your coffee cup.
Even with a fine sieve, if your coffee is already ground to be a fine consistency , some of the coffee grounds will slip through. They can be a bit difficult to clean, but they can be reused and don’t absorb the oils from the coffee beans giving your coffee a richer taste.
This works like the paper towels, except you can reuse it multiple times. Just place it in the area your filter would normally go and put your coffee grounds on top.
Make sure to not use a towel you like because the coffee will stain it permanently. After each use rinse it out with cold water and hang dry it to prevent mildew.
This is a great way to filter your coffee. If you are an avid tea drinker as well, you will already know how to use it. Just place the coffee grounds inside the tea pouch and steep it in hot water.
The coffee will be very strong using this method. The big downside is reusable tea bags aren’t very common unless you really like tea.
No need to panic about being out of filters and no need to rush out to grab filters in a hurry. I have personally had to use paper towels, and as long as they aren’t made with a lot of chemicals, it won’t affect the taste too much.
All of these options work great, but if you never want to worry again about running out, then you should consider getting an actual reusable coffee filter.
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