Can I pour brewed coffee though a paper filter?

by Kara
(Georgia)

A paper coffee filter absorbs the cafestol in coffee.

A paper coffee filter absorbs the cafestol in coffee.


QUESTION:


Hi, I have wanted an alternative to drip coffee makers because I don't like the idea of drinking anything hot that sat in plastic. I searched and searched, found a couple very expensive drip makers that said they didn't use plastic only the used aluminum...no, good grief.

I also don't want to be raising the cholesterol of my family so simply french press methods were out.

That led me to the pour over method. But here's the thing, I'm sure I'm not good at it, but it sure is tedious standing there all that time. I can't seem to get it to go through faster than a drip. Yes, I'm probably pouring too much too fast....Anyway...

What I wondered was, if I brew the coffee just on the stove in a pot (coffee grounds in boiling water for a couple minutes) or by french press and then use the finished coffee and pour it through a filter, will this actually remove the oils that are responsible for the cholesterol spike? Or does the paper on grab those oils during the brewing process. It seems to me it would work, but I thought I would ask someone with more knowledge.

I think liquid coffee would pour through those pointy pour-over filters faster than with grounds in them. I could be wrong.

Let me know what you think.


ANSWER:


Kara, hi

Great question.

For those who don’t get Kara’s refence to cholesterol, it’s about a substance called cafestol.

Cafestol is found in the oily part of coffee, and is a strong stimulator of LDL cholesterol levels.

So if you have concerns about your cholesterol levels, you may want to brew your coffee with paper filters. The cafestol is almost entirely absorbed by the paper, and doesn't make it as far as your coffee cup.

That’s the backstory.

As for whether you can make coffee with something like a French press, and then pour the brewed coffee through a paper filter cone, to get rid of the cafestol... yes you can.

BTW – Kara, I understand your reference to feeling impatient when making pourover coffee. I sometimes feel the same myself! : )

Anyway, using a filter paper after you brew in your French press sounds like the perfect solution to everything you’re trying to achieve.

Go for it!

Best wishes,

Nick

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Aug 03, 2017
Never beat the Admin!
by: THe Truth

No Nick,
I would never beat up on u! As a matter of fact I think your site is great! One of my Fav's!

As far as pouring a French Pressed Pot thru a paper filter,wouldn't that kind of defeat the purpose of using a french press? May as well just do a Pour over. Btw for anyone who cares Cuisinart makes an Automatic Pour Over Machine.It's pricey though, and I can't vouch for the taste! But from what I understand it uses a Gold Tone Filter, but it also comes with a Paper filter for Options.KitchenAid also makes a automatic pour over but I hear it's terrible! Oh well I hope no one really thinks I'm beating up on them.I just have studied Coffee for many yrs and try and share some knowledge! I enjoy all the posts!

The Truth!

Aug 03, 2017
OOOPS My Bad
by: The Truth

Kara, I'm sorry your correct I misread the name on the answer! All my posts besides the Suggestion of using a Presto Percolator on July 25th is directed towards NICK's response! Call me non-chilled but I thought it a bit ridiculous in theory! Nick Sez

"As for whether you can make coffee with something like a French press, and then pour the brewed coffee through a paper filter cone, to get rid of the Cafestol... yes you can."

(Total Insanity) And no I can't and won't!

I guess it bothers me when people(Non Md's) try and tell other people what will raise their LDL, and how to remove Cafestol! How to alter their brew! As far as my taste I hate paper filters!

Oh and I'm chill! Once again sorry for directing my post aft July 25th towards you.Please accept my apology!

The Truth!

Editor's Note: LOL... so it's ME you're beating up on! I'd better do some more research on this... : )

Aug 02, 2017
...
by: Anonymous

I'm not trying to get you or anyone to do anything. I'm not trying to convince you of anything.

I had a simple question about brewing coffee without the oil from the beans.

Chill out

Jul 31, 2017
Know it All, Nope!
by: The Truth

Kara,
First of all I can't find anything substantial to back up your claims besides a couple old articles done by non-medical writers! The best I can't tell for the truth is Coffee itself contains little or no Cholesterol. I have read like you prob have that Black Coffee unfiltered effects how cholesterol is metabolized in the liver! Bottom line I DONT CARE! It's not gonna stop me from drinking my daily Coffee! Everyone has to decide for themselves.If every time I read something I consume causes this disease or effects my cholesterol I would become a vegan! I choose to enjoy my life and my Coffee Filtered or Unfiltered! This mayo clinic article is the only thing I can find that makes some sense to me! Once again it's not gonna effect my food and drink intake one way or another!

http://ow.ly/TDYc30e6Hfv

The Truth!

Jul 27, 2017
dear person responding July 25,'17
by: Kara

Many many people have noticed significant rises in their bad cholesterol after switching to French Press. It is not less than a slice of bacon after consumption.

It is an actual concern.

Jul 25, 2017
Kara from Santa Clara?
by: The Truth

Ok I heard that on the radio as a DJ's name was Kara! Anyway I thought since U were concerned with Caffeine this New Study may interest u! Now u know what I mean when I say YOLO! You only live once!

http://ow.ly/Wldh30dXh4e

The Truth

Jul 25, 2017
Very Simple and it makes Great Coffee! Presto!
by: The Truth

Your solution(Cafestol)aside, and I'll comment on that at end.Is the # Percolator on the Market, with over 3000 5 Star reviews on Amzon, The Presto Percolator. Nothing on this Machine that comes in contact with the Coffee is Plastic.Only Stainless Steel.The Handle and Base are Plastic to avoid Burning both your hand and your counter top.U do not,and I can't stress enuf,DO NOT use a paper filter.The Machine comes with it's own built in Stainless Steel Filter basket. I know naysayers and neophytes complain about grounds in their Coffee.Simple solution is u must pack the grounds down just like tampering and espresso except not as packed.Just a light pack with the edge of your Scooper! I buy Specialty Coffee only and use the Presto Daily and everyone who tries my Coffee is amazed at the flavor! Oh and my sis who is Super Green Friendly likes the no paper filter idea to boot!
Now for Cafestol.Do u realize that an Avg person drinks maybe 2 max 3 cups a day! Get real, thats not gonna raise your LDL as much as eating 1 slice of Bacon! Oops I love Bacon also! YOLO! Here's your link for the Machine w/ reviews!
http://amzn.to/2h5ttKz

The Truth!

Jun 10, 2017
Percolator filters
by: AnonymousEllen

I too used the pre filled ones in the 70's I loved them and now I can't find them There was no mess with theses

May 21, 2017
awesome
by: Anonymous

Thank you, Nick,

I really appreciate you answering my question.

I'll try it.

:)

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