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Old 10-20-2019, 02:11 PM
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Hardly worth doing for something that cost 3/4 of a penny but I got to thinking what if.
Well, more likely we would run out of coffee or the ability to brew it before filters But, still

If I had to. for whatever reason. can I reuse them and for how long?
So, while I have like a thousand of them now I thought I would experiment

I use Walmart's Great Value small basket filters which run $1.39 + tax =$1.50 for 200.
After one use I dump the grounds and rinse off the filter placing it on a cup to simulate its shape. I was able with care to reuse the filter for 10 days or about 20 two cup brewing.
After 3 or so days the paper becomes softer and therefore it is harder to form it to remain stable so it does not collapse while brewing allowing some of the grounds to get by it and into the pot.
Even when this occurs there are very very few and not a big deal

Since it is more likely I would run out of coffee before filters I would likely go to reuse in a SHTF situation reusing a filter 4-6 times where it maintains rigidity and is easy to dry and reuse

Just one of those was wondering what I would do and figured better to see now than have to deal with it later in the great what if

This might well be one of the most boring threads posted on a prep topic but I digress
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French press.

https://www.illy.com/en-us/coffee/co...a-french-press
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Or, get a permanent filter. Preferably one of the original Swissgold filters. Finely perforated metal to hold solids back and plated with genuine gold so it has a neutral effect on flavor. You can find plenty of newer competitors that use a fine stainless steel mesh but somehow they do not result in as good a cup. I still have a Swissgold cone filter that's gotta be close to 30 years old now. If the coffee oils build up on it, soak it in Oxyclean for a half hour or so. The oils will rinse right off.
Or just make cowboy coffee. It still tastes great!


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Interesting but how do you plan to power your coffee pot if the grid is down? I have 1000 filters but figure I would switch over to my old peculator coffee pot when we lost power. I believe a coffee pot pulls a lot of watts.
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Back when I made pour over coffee using a folded cone filter some company sold a cloth filter to fit the holder. I thought about having my wife sew one never did.

My current coffee maker simulates pour over and the filter basket sits on top of the thermal carafe. When the power goes off I can heat water by other means and do the pour over. I use Brew Right basket filters 200 for $1.49, maybe a piece of cloth would work in it. Army coffee urns used a cloth filter.
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Or, get a permanent filter. Preferably one of the original Swissgold filters. Finely perforated metal to hold solids back and plated with genuine gold so it has a neutral effect on flavor. You can find plenty of newer competitors that use a fine stainless steel mesh but somehow they do not result in as good a cup. I still have a Swissgold cone filter that's gotta be close to 30 years old now. If the coffee oils build up on it, soak it in Oxyclean for a half hour or so. The oils will rinse right off.
Or just make cowboy coffee. It still tastes great!


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Back when I made pour over coffee using a folded cone filter some company sold a cloth filter to fit the holder. I thought about having my wife sew one never did.

My current coffee maker simulates pour over and the filter basket sits on top of the thermal carafe. When the power goes off I can heat water by other means and do the pour over. I use Brew Right basket filters 200 for $1.49, maybe a piece of cloth would work in it. Army coffee urns used a cloth filter.
Pour over is how we make coffee every day. We use an electric kettle to heat the water but if the power is out we can use the woodstove in winter, or one of our propane or butane stoves.
We do use paper cone filters right now for simplicity but you are right, any cotton fabric will do. Or the permanent metal filter.
Modern drip coffee makers are just automated pour overs.
As mentioned, french press is a good option, too. There's also a cool little contraption called an Aeropress that does a good job.
If you can heat water, you can make coffee. Come to think of it, cold brew is yet another option.

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Go to the thrift store and buy a high thread count pillow case.
Cut out the corners.
Use with cone shaped device.
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Just to toss out another option, they sell those fill by yourself tea bags.

Put the coffee in there and brew like tea.

Since reading this thread, I decided to give it a try. It is brewing in front of me now. Tastes good so far. really smooth. Not sure how long it should seep.



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

For a back packing trip, make up a few coffee filled tea bags and make easy coffee on the trail.

Wow, it really is better! No bitterness like in my normal drip machine.

A couple things I don't care for with the permanent filters is that it does not remove the oil that is supposedly a negative for health, and that it tends to let the water drain through more quickly and perhaps rob you of some of the flavor.
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Why? These can be used on a propane stove or a campfire. Filters are just more stuff to store.

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For me....percolators are the last method of brewing that I would choose. But coffee is one of the few things I have a little snobbery about. Well, coffee and cigars.

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Interesting but how do you plan to power your coffee pot if the grid is down? I have 1000 filters but figure I would switch over to my old peculator coffee pot when we lost power. I believe a coffee pot pulls a lot of watts.

Change over to what is locally known as a wog pot.

https://www.catch.com.au/product/ava...SABEgKfBvD_BwE

Does a pretty good coffee. I use mine camping. A good coffee is worth a bit of effort.
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Change over to what is locally known as a wog pot.

https://www.catch.com.au/product/ava...SABEgKfBvD_BwE

Does a pretty good coffee. I use mine camping. A good coffee is worth a bit of effort.
My brother gave me one of those years ago and I have never tried it. I'll have to get it out and try it.
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Almost all my life I prefer to use Turkish cezve to make coffee. It does not require filters, it can be used even on a campfire or, in general, on any heat source. In addition, if you cook your coffee slowly over low heat, it turns out to be much tastier than that prepared in a coffee maker or percolator.
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Just to toss out another option, they sell those fill by yourself tea bags.

Put the coffee in there and brew like tea.

Since reading this thread, I decided to give it a try. It is brewing in front of me now. Tastes good so far. really smooth. Not sure how long it should seep.



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

For a back packing trip, make up a few coffee filled tea bags and make easy coffee on the trail.

Wow, it really is better! No bitterness like in my normal drip machine.

A couple things I don't care for with the permanent filters is that it does not remove the oil that is supposedly a negative for health, and that it tends to let the water drain through more quickly and perhaps rob you of some of the flavor.
I just use the folgers single coffee bags. Basically the samething. I agree with you about the Permanent filters. As you have to do is put a paper filter over the permanent to fix that problem.
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I just use the folgers single coffee bags. Basically the samething. I agree with you about the Permanent filters. As you have to do is put a paper filter over the permanent to fix that problem.
Yup, those work too. But this is like DIY. Probably saves a little money.
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As mentioned: Percolators, Turkish coffee maker, Stove top espresso, permanent filters, French press, cowboy coffee etc.

One of the better cups of brew coffee I've ever had was done via pour over using a reusable fabric coffee filter, flannel I assume. A tiny café in Khatmandu Nepal, made fantastic banana pancakes as well.
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Hardly worth doing for something that cost 3/4 of a penny but I got to thinking what if.

Well, more likely we would run out of coffee or the ability to brew it before filters But, still



If I had to. for whatever reason. can I reuse them and for how long?

So, while I have like a thousand of them now I thought I would experiment



I use Walmart's Great Value small basket filters which run $1.39 + tax =$1.50 for 200.

After one use I dump the grounds and rinse off the filter placing it on a cup to simulate its shape. I was able with care to reuse the filter for 10 days or about 20 two cup brewing.

After 3 or so days the paper becomes softer and therefore it is harder to form it to remain stable so it does not collapse while brewing allowing some of the grounds to get by it and into the pot.

Even when this occurs there are very very few and not a big deal



Since it is more likely I would run out of coffee before filters I would likely go to reuse in a SHTF situation reusing a filter 4-6 times where it maintains rigidity and is easy to dry and reuse



Just one of those was wondering what I would do and figured better to see now than have to deal with it later in the great what if



This might well be one of the most boring threads posted on a prep topic but I digress


I haven’t read every post so this may have been pointed out already but a decent cup/pot of coffee can be made without filters.
Dump a coarse grind directly in the water, heat it up for a while then just before pouring add a small amount of cold water which tends to pull the grinds to the bottom of the pot. Pour slowly to keep grinds in pot.

It has been quite some time since I was shown this method and I may have missed a step but I believe they call it “cowboy coffee” or some such so you could probably look it up.
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I agree with corpus , I have 20 different means to make coffe, but a year or so ago I saw a cowboy cook on u tube , and he just dumps a quart of water to a1/4 cup of coffee warm water till it gets hot dump grins in the pot give it a hard boil for 4 min it’s let it sit a minuet and dump some cold water in the pot .???? Really nothing to it .
I just drink the coffe till it’s gone .
But make a new pot every morning .
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Wifey gets ****ed because you can’t get the grinds out of the pot easy but she’s a tea drinker
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