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Able KONE Stainless Steel Filter

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4.6 stars, based on 23 reviews

The new KONE is the latest addition to Able Brewing's family of metal coffee filters. The third generation of the KONE, like it's predecessors, is designed for use with Chemex (fits standard 6-, 8-, and 10-cup Chemex brewers) and other cone-shaped pour over devices, but offers some remarkable improvements from the second generation. Designed as a reusable alternative to paper filters, the stainless steel KONE creates a cup with the brightness of a pour over and the body and nuance of an Eva Solo. For more information on the unique design of the KONE, as well as our recommended brewing parameters, check out the feature box below.

Brew Method: Pour Over

Coava Kone

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The KONE by Able Brewing is a dramatic improvement of an already exceptional and widely celebrated product. The new design of the third generation KONE features even thinner steel, but the newly sealed (and not-at-all sharp) tip and permanent plastic rim assert the device's safety and maintain its shape. Smaller filtration holes allow for fewer fines in the cup and permit more opportunities for variation and experimentation with grind settings and pouring styles. The KONE filter will bring a healthy measure of patriotism to your brewing apparatus, as it is made entirely in the USA.

|technique|

For brewing on the KONE, a precision pouring kettle is recommended for proper control. After heating the water, "rinse" the filter. (Note that this is not considered a true "rinse", as this is not a paper medium; rather, applying hot water heats the KONE and server.) We recommend using a medium grind setting and a starting temperature of ~200 degrees. A safe starting ratio is 33 grams of coffee to 500 milliliters of water. After tossing the rinse water, place coffee in the KONE and tap its edge to even the bed. Pour 10-15% of your total water volume evenly over the coffee, and wait for about 45 seconds for the coffee to bloom. Pour in a controlled manner over the coffee, avoiding the edges, until you get around 200 ml, and then finish your pouring slowly down the center of the KONE until you get to 500ml. We recommend a total brew time of 3:00-3:30, including pre-infusion.

|advantage|

Able's KONE has several distinctive features. Being reusable, it produces no waste. Unlike some reusable filters, it's easy to clean. The metal filter permits more of the coffee's natural oils into the cup — oils that paper keeps out — and doesn't impart any strange flavors to the coffee. And buying one supports our national economy, since the Kone is designed and manufactured in the USA.

Able

Able Brewing is the creation of some upcoming coffee professionals from Portland, Oregon who are seeking to simplify and improve coffee brewing devices. Their creations aspire for increased sustainability through creating reusable products and clean tasting cups of coffee. To date, the company has created two stainless steel filters. The first filter is the Able Disk, a stainless steel filter produced for the Aeropress. The second is the Able Kone, a stainless filter for Chemex pour over brewers. These stainless coffee filters not only cut down on paper waste, but also remove the paper taste from the brewing equation, producing a clean tasting, full-bodied cup.

Verified Buyer

2016-10-08T15:13:34Z

5 / 5 stars

Great product

I love the stainless steel cone for use in my chemex! Using this one at my vacation home.

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2016-02-27T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Works Well

This is an excel;lent option to paper filters. It works very well wit the Chemex. Further, if washed out immediately after use, it is simple and easy to rinse out and pat dry. although costly at the outset, it is a good ecological choice and will be economical in time compared to paper filters. Further it leaves very little mud in the bottom of a pour over.

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2014-12-08T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

#theydidgood

Well made, makes a really clean cup with little suspended solids, fun to use.

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2014-07-07T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Making great coffee but…

…there is a little bit of a learning curve as compared to using the Chemex paper filters in your Chemex. Also, I've had to stir it a bit with my wooden chopstick to loosen up some of the grounds that have gotten trapped in the filter. If I didn't do that, it would take too long to filter all of the coffee in less than 4 min. Overall, I like it a lot and am glad I got it.

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2014-04-19T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

kone ss filter

excellent alternative to paper. I use a little finer grind and a little less coffee for similar taste to paper filters. cleans easily. will pay for itself quickly.

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2014-04-01T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Best chemex accessory (necessity!)

I purchased the kone in a bundle with an 8-cup chemex and I am so glad I did. I work in a specialty coffee shop, and I was introduced to the kone there. After tasting a few chemex/kone combo cups, I was sold. Making a perfect cup with the kone is untouchable. The delicateness of a pour over cup with some of the rich complexity of an immersion process, it's gorgeous. Seems pricey but you will never need to buy filters ever again, unless you like to switch it up (which i do). Highly recommended if you're a chemex user. Fits my ceramic hario v60 moderately as well, but havent tried it yet. seems to fit some of the other models better.

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2014-02-21T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Good pot!

I'm wired to the gills as I peck this out. I can feel my hair and I have this low oxygen, high altitude, I just ran up 3 flights of stairs and smoked a pack of old man no filter cigs. This pot provides fast heating, easy use, good ergos and above all else, very hot water. The top pipes about and rattles when its at full boil..it's happiest like that. Sometimes, I'll just boil water for the fun of it. When I'm not using it, I keep it next to my cell phone as it seems to somehow boost the cell signal. I don't know what I did before, I don't know what I'd do without it.

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2014-02-17T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Game changer!

This thing is the best. Such an upgrade from paper or cloth filters!! Makes a delicious cup of coffee, and is so easy to clean!

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2014-02-03T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Streamlines brewing process with ease of use!

Loving the Kone so far. I was initially concerned with brewing consistency, since paper filters have particular design qualities that specifically cooperate with the basic design elements of the Chemex, but so far I haven't noticed any difference between brews. The Kone is incredibly easy to clean, and really streamlines the whole brewing process. As a daily coffee drinker, it's nice to have a smaller, more environmentally-conscious footprint. The only adverse quality of the Kone I have discovered is that about a teaspoon worth of sediment still makes its way through the filter and ends up in the bottom of my mug (using a mid-to-high quality conical burr grinder). I'm working on adjusting the grind some, but this hardly affects my overall positive opinion of the Kone.

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2014-01-18T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

This is a fantastic addition to coffee-brewing!

I have been brewing coffee with the Kone and Chemex 6-cup glass handled pot for several weeks now, and I could not be happier with both! The Kone does exactly what it's supposed to do...and delivers a clean cup with all the flavor intricacies that are only available when not using a paper filter. I also purchased a Hario scale, which I feel is a necessity for using this combination...and it's really easy to do. I boil my water (Bonavita electric); use right away to "rinse" the kone (really, just heating it a bit) and warm up the Chemex; pour right down the center of the grinds starting at 1 minute, 20 seconds off boil, and with a nice even, slow pour, it's done dripping when the timer reaches 4 min. 30 seconds. If I play around with the grind size, I can get the extraction/drip time to extend to 5 minutes (3.5 minutes contact time, appx) but it is really good without waiting. Clean-up is super easy. I just dump and wash with hot water, and an all-natural dish soap, coconut-based. This is really important...I was using Dawn, and realized that it was leaving a lot of residue on my silverware, glassware, etc., along with nasty taste. Definitely switch to coconut-based detergent...much cleaner rinse and no residue. Makes a huge difference!! If you are considering a Chemex, but hesitant because of the glass construction, don't be. Borosilicate glass is extremely strong, and the Chemex is not flimsy or fragile, so don't worry about that. All in all, it is a very easy, elegant way to make a fantastic cup of coffee. Only one problem...now I am drinking more coffee...oh well! My recipe: 20 grams coffee; to the fine side of drip grind; 300ml water at appx. 200 degrees. I do not bother to pre-infuse; just a slow, steady pour right down the center. The only thing that I would like to improve on is to use the Bonavita temp-control kettle, so there is no waiting for the water to come down to the proper temp. Also wanting to upgrade my grinder, from Breville Smart Grinder. Any suggestions???

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Verified Buyer

2014-01-12T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Able Kone

I really love those filters, I always used them for my chemex... 

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Verified Buyer

2014-01-06T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

The filter of choice for full-body pourovers

From a former french press user perspective this offers the full-body of immersion brewing with the cleaner refined taste of pourover.  Numerous online tutorials provide ample advice and tips for a forgiving brewing method.  After a few tries and tweaks of grind and pour I can regularly achieve a great cup.  I will say that brewing amounts larger than 1000g requires more time and ends up a little more bitter than desirable.  Also, I ended up using a more coarse grind (almost french press) to achieve a brighter, but less bitter cup.  Overall this product is very well-made, easy to use and clean and I love showing it off to friends and offering up a great cup of coffee.

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Verified Buyer

2013-12-26T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Permanent Chemex cone filter

I purchased this item for my Chemex that was a gift!!! Love the filter, was using bleached filters which really detracted from the flavor of the coffee. Very easy to clean and received this in about 2 days!!! Fantastic service! 

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Verified Buyer

2013-12-17T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Easy to use..easy to clean...GREAT cups of coffee

The filter is very easy to use, i was able ,with little knowledge about pourover methods produce a very nice cup of coffee. Yes, it is a little more tedious than just flicking the switch on the auto-drip brewer, but the time spent is well worth it. I was worried about clean up, but with just a light tap upside down on the trash bin and a light rinse with some water its ready for round 2. It took me 2 or 3 tries to get the grind right, and by doing some simple math it works very well for 1 cup as well as up to 8 cups. The construction seems to be very solid. you can tell lots of thought went into the "longevity" of the filter. 

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2013-12-17T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Easy to use..easy to clean...GREAT cups of coffee

The filter is very easy to use, i was able ,with little knowledge about pourover methods produce a very nice cup of coffee. Yes, it is a little more tedious than just flicking the switch on the auto-drip brewer, but the time spent is well worth it. I was worried about clean up, but with just a light tap upside down on the trash bin and a light rinse with some water its ready for round 2. It took me 2 or 3 tries to get the grind right, and by doing some simple math it works very well for 1 cup as well as up to 8 cups. The construction seems to be very solid. you can tell lots of thought went into the "longevity" of the filter. 

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Verified Buyer

2013-12-13T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

Able cone filter

I've had the Able cone in daily use for a couple months after converting over from a press.  I find it makes great coffee and clean up is much easier than cleaning a press. Ill probably buy a 2nd cone along with a smaller Chemex and give my presses to Goodwill 

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Verified Buyer

2013-07-18T00:00:00Z

5 / 5 stars

FILTER FROM THE GODS

This is the perfect execution of what the Kone always wanted to be, in my opinion. The design is adjusted based on dose. It's very user-friendly in nearly every way. When brewing with Keith G's V3 Kone it's about as clean as you could ever ask for with a metal filter. Standard dosing and grind for small pour overs, pretty typical and straight-forward pour over pouring approach. Makes for a sweet, well rounded, clean cup of coffee. Really hope others get to try this and have the same opinion as myself, I am very satisfied with the results.

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Verified Buyer

2016-06-28T00:00:00Z

4 / 5 stars

Well made, but ...

Well made but if you want a clean coffee this is not for you. I do like it, I don't mind the fine grinds in this full flavored coffee. Cleans very easily right after use

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2016-06-28T00:00:00Z

4 / 5 stars

Well made, but ...

Well made but if you want a clean coffee this is not for you. I do like it, I don't mind the fine grinds in this full flavored coffee. Cleans very easily right after use

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Verified Buyer

2016-04-18T00:00:00Z

4 / 5 stars

American KONE

This metal mesh filter seems well made (in America, although I'm not convinced that's truly a benefit over similar products--I drive a German car and use a German coffee grinder because they were best for what I wanted). The mesh could be a little finer because the pour over is significantly faster than a paper filter (I've been using Japanese Harios), and lots of fines end up in the bottom of the cup. Due to the quick percolation, I think you could fill this filter up to the brim with grounds and still get a really mild cup of coffee. I can live with this, but what might sent me back to paper filters is cleanup. Compared to a paper filter, this metal one is really messy. I've not yet found a good way to get all of the used grounds out of the filter and into the trashcan (grounds should never, ever get flushed down the drain--they tend to accumulate in P-traps). I keep wishing I had a really big knock box. This thing is outrageously expensive, and there are certainly lots of others at a third of the price, but I bought it on the theory that you get what you pay for. Haven't been disappointed so far in that respect.

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Verified Buyer

2014-02-24T00:00:00Z

4 / 5 stars

Great tasting coffee!

I received the product last week and put it to use right away. I have been using the Chemex for quite some time but have not been satisfied with the result nor the time. This filter along with fresh ground coffee truly makes a superior cup of coffee. The only reason for not having 5 stars is the price, however, I can certainly see that it is a quality piece and should last many years. Thus it may change to a 5 star as time goes on. Cheers!

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Verified Buyer

2014-05-31T00:00:00Z

3 / 5 stars

Able Kone

Nice design but way over priced! Even though ultimately you will save money not buying filters, it doesn't mean the item that accomplishes that needs to be so expensive.

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Verified Buyer

2015-08-15T00:00:00Z

2 / 5 stars

Stick with paper filters, or just buy a French Press

I was slightly disappointed with the texture of the coffee brewed with this filter. The natural oils it give the finished product a nice body, but the grittiness of the sediment let through is very unpleasant

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