Cloth coffee filters: my next sewing project
By laurelarockefeller on December 21, 2012
They want HOW MUCH for a pack of coffee filters? This sticker shock hit me earlier this week when I put cone filters for my "4 cup" Cuisinart coffee maker on my shopping list. First, I could not find any cone filters where I usually shop. Then, when I finally found a package at Giant Eagle (a bus ride away from my home), I discovered an outrageous high price for just 100 white or brown coffee filters -- over $5.00! My last purchase of coffee filters, in Cresson, Pennsylvania, cost me a mere $1.79 for a store brand.
Cresson is on the other side of Cambria county. As a low vision person, I don't drive, of course. I could try Walmart in Richland (two buses to get to), but there can be no guarantee on the price either.
Crestfallen, I looked online for some filters. Nothing cheaper -- unless I went with a permanent filter.
Then I saw it...the answer to my problem. A muslim filter that can be made cheaply (I have at least three yards of muslin around my apartment which I use as underlining) and very simply.
The full instructions I found are at http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Reusable-Coffee-Filter, but if you know the basics of sewing, you might not need even that much instruction. A cloth filter is just one of those "why didn't I think of that?" sort of inventions that is many times more green than the paper ones, or even the nylon/gold permanent reusable.
It starts by copying the paper filter you are already using, adding about an inch for seam allowance. Hem the top edge, fold right sides together, stitch along the open side and bottom edge, turn inside out (the coffee grounds go onto the finished edge for better brewing), and use like the paper filter.
After you brew, rinse the grounds out, dry, and reuse. Make two or three so you can launder filters readily.
It is the simpliest idea I never thought of but will save me a lot of money. I can probably make three or four of these for less than one pack of disposible filters will cost!
It doesn't get more frugle or more green.
I do agree with the instructions I found regarding using unbleached muslin. Muslin is inexpensive, all natural, and cleaner than more processed cotton options.
Laurel A. Rockefeller, author
The Great Succession Crisis
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