The main positive for Filter Coffee Machines is the sheer amount that can be brewed in a single instance. If you don’t have an exotic taste but have many cups to fill, then a Filter Machine is for you.
The process is very simple – insert a filter, fill with ground coffee and then set the machine to brew. It takes time to produce enough for a few cups but that slow infusion is tough to beat as far as taste is concerned. Avoid leaving coffee sat on the heated base plate for too long as its taste will deteriorate over time.
There are two main variants of Filter Machine: Permanent and Paper. Paper Filters are disposable and are usually thrown away after one use but they do give you the freedom to experiment with permeability, helping to change the taste of the brew somewhat. Permanent Filters come with the machine and need to be cleaned regularly. These generally last for the lifespan of the machine.
Permanent Filters are often preferred as Paper Filters can be expensive. They average at £7 for 250, this may not sound like much but the cost can mount up if the machine is used several times a day.
On a positive note, Filter machines are very simple to use. They’re cheaper than automated machines and the variety of sizes is incomparable.
However, the drawbacks are very clear too; they only produce black coffee and you may need to invest in a bean grinder if you can’t get your hands on ground coffee. The cleaning process can also be problematic as some permanent filters cannot be removed.