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What is Cloth Filter and What Does It Do?


Anyone who thinks they know coffee cannot ignore what coffee means.

Despite its name, this accessory provides one of the easiest ways to prepare coffee.

Although known as a cloth filter, in much of South America it is called a choreador or coffee strainer. You will find different shapes and sizes in countries like Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia; As in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

It can be said that it is the most known and common way of making coffee at home in the world.

Besides being an important sensory experience, owning a cloth filter and knowing how to use it can save you when you don't have a coffee maker.


What is a cloth filter?

It is a coffee filter made with a fabric cover attached to or held on to a metal ring that takes the shape of a sock when used to brew or filter coffee.

A cloth filter, which at first glance looks like a bare accessory, can be used in filtration processes such as pouring and brewing.



The fabric filter for coffee is an appreciated tool for baristas and coffee tasters, given its features and sustainable use.


Although the origin of the fabric filter goes back many years, it is made by hand.

Fabric coffee filters are very economical, environmentally friendly, very easy to use, and most importantly, a great way to brew coffee.


History of cloth filter;



In principle, coffee was popularly prepared in pots mixed with hot water. The coffee grounds were served after resting at the bottom of the container to avoid drinking with the ground grain particles.


Obviously, at some point someone discovered that coffee could be filtered through the fabric, preserving its flavor, nuances, and purifying its texture. This fact has not yet been determined in space and time.

Preparing with average coffee is part of the culture in different and remote geographical areas, such as Costa Rica and Thailand.

In Costa Rica it is called a corereador and consists of a cloth bag supported by a metal ring placed on a wooden support that facilitates the dripping of coffee into the cup or container.



Tico is widely used in homes and its live preparation is highly demanded by tourists in hotels and visitors.


In Thailand they prepare a traditional drink based on cold coffee called Oliang. Similarly, it is prepared using a large fabric filter attached to a metal ring called tung tom kahfe to brew coffee with soybeans, corn, sesame seeds and other ingredients. It is very popular in local markets.

The specific place of origin of the coffee sock has not been determined. However, it's easy to assume back then that making coffee was a ritual that deserved time and space to be savored to the fullest.


How to brew coffee in a cloth filter?

Now we come to the fun part. How to brew coffee in a cloth filter?


Calculate using a spoonful of ground coffee (approximately 18g) per 170ml cup.

Boil the water.

Place the cloth filter on the stand and add the ground coffee .

Place the cup under the cloth filter.

Pour the boiling water slowly, allowing time for effective extraction.

Serve and enjoy!

You will understand the magic of coffee when you see the coffee dripping or filtering, taking on the color that characterizes it and at the same time spreading its aroma.


Cleaning the cloth filter

In order to keep the cloth filter in good condition and not spoil its flavor with each extraction, it is sufficient to maintain it as follows:

Rinse the filter cloth very well after each use. Don't use soap, just water.

Tighten well after washing.

Hang it to dry in a clean place.

Once a month, soak your cloth filter in boiling water without coffee for 10 minutes to release excess sediment and other substances.

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