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Davis Coffee Center Tests Flat vs. Conical Filters

Davis Coffee Center Tests Flat vs. Conical Filters 1Coffee filters are more important than people care to admit. Their shape and size will alter the brewing parameters, and depending on the filter type you could possibly have completely different coffee cups. Davis Coffee Center did some tests and they have their results, take a look. Click here to view original web page at www.home-barista.com

Davis Coffee Center Tests Flat vs. Conical Filters

So, over at the U.C. Davis Coffee Center, they did a comprehensive series of tests to determine if there really is a taste difference between “semi-conical” (e.g. Hario V60) and flat-bottomed (e.g. Kalita Wave) filters. Turns out there is. The short version is

So, over at the U.C. Davis Coffee Center, they did a comprehensive series of tests to determine if there really is a taste difference between “semi-conical” (e.g. Hario V60) and flat-bottomed (e.g. Kalita Wave) filters. Turns out there is. The short version is [For lighter roast] The flat-bottom basket […] [For lighter roast] The flat-bottom basket yielded flavor attributes with more dried fruit, sweet, and floral flavor intensities, while the conical basket yielded more citrus, berry, and sour. Similarly, the basket shape affected the dark roast, with the flat bottom yielding more pronounced chocolate, cocoa, and woody flavors, and the conical yielding much more intense bitterness.

I think this means most people will prefer the flat bottom. Interestingly the grind did not make much difference. There is a thorough discussion of the methodology and results with several interesting diagrams at Flat vs. Cone: Basket Shape is as Important as Grind Size in Drip Brew Coffee.

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