Are Steel Aeropress Filters better than Paper Filters?
Steel or Paper Coffee Filters?
The AeroPress coffee filter you choose to brew your cup of coffee affects the final taste. The addition of a stainless steel reusable filter gives you more control over the flavour and allows for even more customised cups.
AeroPress Stainless Steel Reusable Filter
Stainless Steel Aeropress filters are perfect for use with your Aeropress or Aeropress Go. Much like the paper micro-filters, it keeps grit out of your cup, but unlike the paper micro-filters, it allows oils to pass through, making for a much fuller-bodied cup of coffee.
Due to the nature of these filters, you may have to contend with some sediment in the bottom of you coffee, but you will experience different flavours from your coffee.
Aeropress Paper Filters
The use of AeroPress paper filters gives brewed coffee an incomparable level of richness and texture. This is due to the quality and thickness of the papers which absorb oils and catch fine particles, preventing them from entering your cup.
Steel or metal discs, on the other hand, do not have this effect, which gives you a more full bodied coffee.
Should you change from Paper to Steel Aeropress filters?
The bottom line is, if you are happy with your Aeropress coffee using paper filters, keep using them. You will get a really clean coffee, if you are concerned about the amount you are using, one to note is that the papers are fully compostable.
In our opinion, the metal filters have a lot of positives, the main one being that you will never get caught short whilst out and about, mitigating the risk of either running out or getting all of your papers wet.