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Making a cup of coffee isn’t just a great way to start the day … it’s also an art form. There are loads of ways to do it—french press, Aeropress, moka pot, pour over—depending on the gear you have, the flavors you prefer, and your favorite preparation methods. If pour-over is your go-to, you’ll need to invest in great coffee filters that are reliable, easy to use, and don’t add a paper-y flavor to the mix.
We’ve pulled out some of our favorites.
Hario V60 filters, from the Japanese coffee company known for its stellar pour over gear, are the gold standard. This unbleached pack of 200—crafted with a tab so you can prop open the top of the filter more easily—should last you through many months of coffee making every morning.
Hario also offers high-quality white paper filters—bleached filters are reputed to leave behind less of a paper-y taste. These also come with a tab, for easy use, and with a pack of 300, you’ll be set for a long while.
For a cloth coffee filter, hemp can’t be beat—it’s naturally resistant to bacteria and mildew and more robust than cotton (hemp filters are designed to last 100 uses). It’s also easy to clean: Just rinse in hot water and air dry. This size suits a variety of popular pour over brands, including Hario, Chemex, Melitta, and Bodum.
This coffee filter is another great reusable choice for the sustainability-minded. It’s made with food-grade stainless steel, which resists imparting any residual flavors into your cup of joe, and is easy to clean to between uses. The filter is great for conical pour overs like the Chemex, and even comes with a little tray to hold it in place, which means you can also set it atop a mug or carafe.