Cone vs flat-bottom filter. Which is better?

by John
(Denver, CO)


QUESTION:


What are the pros and cons of a cone vs a flat-bottom filter?

ANSWER:

That's an interesting question. I don't think either drip cone filter shape is necessarily better than the other.

The thing to keep in mind is that the drip brewing process depends on the hot water coming into contact with all the coffee grinds and then dripping through to the carafe or the mug.

If the water rushes through without staying in contact with the ground coffee for long enough, the coffee will taste weak. If the water stays in contact for too long, the coffee starts to taste bitter.

I think different cone shape designs are chosen in conjunction with the design of the hot water spraying head. In other words, the combination of spray head and cone shape is optimized to soak the coffee thoroughly and for long enough to create a good brew of coffee.

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Oct 21, 2012
Flat vs cone...
by: John G

My wife purchased a Mr Coffee flat bottom. Our older Bunn was starting to act up. I didn't especially care for the esthetics of it. Looked like a chevrolet (cheap). I was relieved when she accidentally broke the glass carafe. I seized the moment & purchased a cone bottom Cuisinart Extreme, 12 cup type. To my surprise, it was immediately apparent the Mr Coffee made a much more flavorful cup. I really love my coffee strong. Typically an Italian or French blend. The prior was my favorite. Trying to recapture that M C flavor. I kept adding more & more coffee grounds. Eventually making a huge m:ess in the coffee maker. I ended up with a grind between cone & flat. That seemed to cure the mess I was making. Recently my son in law introduced me to the Willow blend. I've experimented with combinations of bold & the Willow. I've ended up with 3 heaping Willow on the bottom & 2 heaping of bold. Sometimes French, K Dragon, but especially love the Italian. I've tried putting the Willow on top as well. Not as flavorful, try it I think you'll agree.

Aug 06, 2010
Cone Filters
by: Anonymous

More hot water comes in contact wiyh the coffee in cone filters so I prefer them. I have used both and like the cone filters much more.

Oct 26, 2009
I go for the cone...
by: Gman

Mom just got a Mr. Coffee (flat filter) and my girlfriend has a Black and Decker cone style maker. I swear the latter makes a better cup of coffee. (well. Stronger, at least; and that's how we like it). We only brew 3 or 4 cups, so maybe that makes a difference. Seems like the cone would "concentrate" the coffee drip better.

cheers,
greg

MantaWave@Etsy.com

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