Learn how to make a reusable zero waste espresso filter


Whether you prefer it black or milk, full-bodied or mild, short or long, coffee is a small pleasure that accompanies us with delight, whether at breakfast or during the day, at the office, for a little boost. always pleasant energy. However, in addition to the fact that coffee comes from the other side of the planet, it also generates a lot of waste during its use. In addition to the pods that can be emptied to recover the coffee grounds, but often impossible to recycle, coffee filters are indeed far from being part of the zero waste movement. Fortunately, you can continue to enjoy your daily dose of caffeine in a more ecological way by opting for a healthier alternative: the washable and reusable coffee filter!

What are the advantages of the washable and reusable coffee filter?

Classic coffee filters are made from paper pulp. In this sense, they can therefore impact forest resources, which is not ideal for the environment. For health too, there is something to complain about. Indeed, this paper pulp receives many chemical treatments, in particular to enable bleaching. And it’s a shame to imagine the good afternoon coffee flavored with not necessarily healthy chemicals used by manufacturers. Also, the reusable coffee filter makes it possible to combat two problems in a single eco-gesture for a coffee break marked by greater peace of mind!

Last significant advantage: in addition to being effective, the washable filter also allows save money. No more expensive boxes of filters to buy on the market… Once a few washable filters have been made, they can be used for a long time!

reusable coffee filter alternative to disposable
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What’s needed :

-A sewing machine
-A pair of scissors and pins
-Thread, preferably colored
-A colored or patterned bias (optional)
-A disposable paper filter whose dimensions are adapted to your machine (or failing that, a template to print if you no longer have one in stock)

How to choose the fabric for your reusable coffee filter?

You can make your reusable coffee filters from different materials. It should be noted, however, that the different textiles used to make them can influence the intensity of the drink. Thereby, the thicker the weave, the lighter the coffee will be. You will also need to adjust the dosages a little at the beginning to find the same tastes and sensations as the usual coffee. Moreover, for the fabric itself, we advise you to opt for organic linen, hemp or cotton for the manufacture.

How to make a reusable coffee filter?

1) First of all, we take care of the drawing and the cutting. To do this, two methods can be used:

-Overlap two layers of fabric and trace after matching the seamless side of the filter at the fold of the fabric. Position pins to secure everything and cut carefully. This makes it possible to have only one side seam and to bring it closer to the disposable coffee filter.

-Otherwise, you can trace and cut out two identical shapes in the textile using the template.

2) Overcast the top of the filter with a zigzag stitch so that the border is stronger and more durable. This will prevent the upper part from fraying over time.

3) Next, sew the bottom of the filter and the borders as well as the stop point, still using a zigzag stitch.

The more creative can also have fun sewing a colored or patterned bias on the filter to give it a more elegant look. This is of course an optional step!

How to use your reusable coffee filter?

It is used exactly like the classic disposable filter, except that the number of spoons of soluble or ground coffee may change slightly, the filtration method being different. So sometimes it takes a little adjust the dosage to find the desired taste and intensity. Once this adaptation time has passed, the use of the washable filter is not not much different from the disposable filter.

Only one point differs: the maintenance of the filter!

Where the disposable filter throws away, the reusable version washes away! Once the coffee has been prepared, allow the filter to cool and collect coffee grounds for recycling. Whether it is to make a scrub or a natural fertilizer, its uses are not lacking. Once emptied, then take care to rinse the filter thoroughly under lukewarm water. It should be noted that it will tint over time, which in no way affects its proper functioning. The only risk is that the coffee leaves oily deposits on the filter, which can block it. You can then use a small brush to scrub and a long rinse with water for more cleanliness. This is more than enough to ensure the hygiene of the washable filters.

Want to do a bigger cleaning? You can optionally hand or machine wash it using a very gentle program. We advise you here to use an ash detergent, an ivy detergent or a chestnut detergent. unscented so as not to alter the taste of the coffee. Dishwasher, soapy water and chemical detergents are however not recommended, as they can leave an unpleasant taste on the filter.

To go further, discover on this link ecological alternatives to coffee as well as advice to choose it better.

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