Krups Gold Filter: Pros and Cons
Before we have a closer look at Krups gold tone filter, let's first talk a bit about gold tone filters in general and about how they compare to paper filters.
What is a gold tone filter?
A gold tone filter is a filter made of stainless steel that is coated with a thin layer of gold. This layer of gold is important because it ensures that no metallic taste is imparted to your coffee. Gold tone filters usually last several years.
There are also gold filters that are made of pure 23 karat gold - these are obviously more expensive but will last you even longer than a gold tone filter.
Advantages of gold tone filters
- You will get richer and more flavorful coffee. When you use a paper filter, a lot of the oils that give coffee its taste get absorbed in the filter - they never make it into your cup! There is no such problem with the gold tone filters - all the goodness from the your coffee beans gets directly into your cup.
- There is no more paper filter waste.
- You'll never have to worry about running out of paper filters again!
- These filters can be used over and over again. They last a long time - several years for most users. So they save you money in the long run.
- Most people also find the clean up easier than with paper filters: just knock the used grounds into your garbage can (or that compost container) and rinse under running water.
... and the drawbacks
- A gold tone filter may let some fine grinds through - leading to overextracted coffee with some sludge at the bottom of the pot. This affects mainly people who use blade coffee grinder to grind their coffee. In general, it is not much of a problem if you use a good burr coffee grinder (or if you buy pre-ground coffee).
- Some people who are used to paper filters may find the taste too rich and robust for their liking.
- While most users find a gold tone filter easier to use than paper filters, there are some people who find the paper filters more convenient.
Now let's have a look at Krups gold filter
Even though most people use the term "Krups gold filter" it is actually a gold tone filter rather than a pure gold filter. In addition to all the pros and cons listed above, let's have a look what users of this particular filter have to say about it.
Most users simply love the taste of the coffee - it is much better than with paper filters. The flavor is often described as robust, rich, full, complex or lively - just more unique and enjoyable.There are also some common complaints about Krups gold filter:
- A lot of users find that the filter they bought does not fit their coffee maker. It is important that you double check that the filter you are buying fits your particular coffee maker.
- Some owners find the filter rather flimsy. In particular, the plastic basket that holds the filter together can break easily.
- It also seems that the Krups gold filter gets through fair amount of grinds - more than say Swiss gold filter.
Overall, the Krups gold filter may not be for everyone but it is definitely worth considering given that it will enhance the flavor of your coffee and save you money in the long run.
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