You forgot to buy coffee filters, but of course you don't want to go without your morning coffee? No problem! There are a few simple alternatives to coffee filters that can get you out of a tight spot.
1. Solution: paper tissues
You can easily replace a coffee filter with a conventional paper tissue. It is best to use extra tear-resistant handkerchiefs for this. If you only have thin handkerchiefs at home, just use two. You can cut the handkerchief to size or simply unfold it and press it into the filter holder as it is and fold it up. Add ground coffee, turn on the coffee machine - your alternative coffee filter is ready.
Alternatively, you can also use kitchen paper.
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2. Solution: fabric
For the first coffee filters, fabric made of cotton or linen was used and of course that still works today: Cut a piece of fabric into a sufficiently large piece. Make sure that the fabric is clean but does not have a strong smell of detergent or fabric softener, otherwise the coffee will absorb the smell. If you are using very thin fabrics such as.B. a wafer-thin handkerchief if you take it twice. Otherwise the water will flow through the coffee powder too quickly and will not have enough time to absorb sufficient aroma.
Reusable coffee filters
Coffee machines are often equipped with a reusable coffee filter from the factory. These are plastic cylinders with a net-like cladding that can be placed in the filter holder like a paper coffee filter and filled with coffee powder. In contrast to the conventional coffee filter, however, this is not thrown away afterwards but only rinsed out. You should clean it thoroughly once a week.
You can also find reusable fabric coffee filters in specialist shops. While this won't help you in an emergency, if you're looking for a permanent solution without a disposable coffee filter this could be an option. Or you can buy a coffee machine that works without a coffee filter:
Permanently without a coffee filter: alternative coffee machines
If you want to brew more environmentally friendly coffee, you could say goodbye to your filter coffee machine and buy an electricity-free alternative. The French press, the coffee machine for pressing or the espresso pot, a metal pot that makes espresso on your home stove, are particularly popular.Tips & Tricks Do not use paper tissues permanently! Coffee filters are relatively much cheaper than paper tissues.