Product Comparison | Bleached vs. Natural Pour Over Coffee Filters

Product Comparison | Bleached vs. Natural Pour Over Coffee Filters

Jan 5th 2017 Written by meredithlangley

When selecting a filter for your pour-over coffee, have you ever wondered what role it will play in the final taste of your brew? Are bleached or natural filters more likely to impact the taste of your coffee? In this video, Ryan explores this issue through testing some of our most popular V60 and Chemex filters, and the results are surprising.



Hey guys. Ryan, from Prima Coffee here. One questions our customers often ask is the difference between the bleached and natural filters in regards to the taste that each imparts on the brew. We wanted to find out for ourselves, today just what those differences are.

Chemex Bonded White Circular Coffee Filters

Chemex filters are 20-30% heavier than competitive brands. They remove even the finest sediment particles, as well as undesirable oils and fats.

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So, we set up a simple experiment using Chemex and V60 filters. First, what we did was run 100 milliliters of 200-degree water through each, then drained the waste. Just as you do when beginning a normal brew. Next, what we did was pour another hundred milliliters of 200-degree water through each, then allow it to cool. Once the water was cooled, we compared and tasted each sample with a cup set aside of the same water that was left unfiltered. The results that we found were pretty surprising.

The differences between the two V60 filters was actually extremely minimal, virtually no difference at all. But the differences between the Chemex filters were fairly significant. We found that the white Chemex filters offered the cleanest, most transparent taste, while the natural Chemex filters actually offered the strongest paper taste out of all four samples. So, all this to say, if you're concerned with using bleached filters, natural is a good way to go. However, it may end up imparting a slight paper taste in your brew, and although bleached, white filters are going to offer the most transparent favor. Thanks for watching, and be sure to check out our selection of filters for all your manual brewing needs at

Jan 5th 2017 meredithlangley

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