Wave style brewers' dirty little secret - revealed!

Postby EricBNC on Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:40 pm

Finding those expensive filters for your Tiamo or Kalita in stock online is a pain - either they have the size you don't need or the color you don't prefer. Here is the dirty secret they don't want you to know:

Walmart sells filters for these drip brewers, and sells them cheap.

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Not a perfect fit on top, but with the help of a Tylenol bottle the bottom can be shaped to make a perfect fit. The misshapen ruffles still work to keep the filter from sticking to the side walls of the dripper.

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Postby jonny on Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:34 am

Aren't they a lot thinner than actual kalita wave filters?
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Postby EricBNC on Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:38 am

Yes, they are thinner than the OEM filters.
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Postby jonny on Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:54 am

Any comments yet on any difference in the cup?
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Postby EricBNC on Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:01 am

I didn't notice any differences - I got the same three minute draw down time using my same pulse pour method. I didn't notice any taste difference either, but I did not brew two cups side by side to compare - just a single good cup of coffee.

I hope some others try this too to confirm what I find. :D
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Postby coffeedom on Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:27 am

There is a discussion of confirmation bias on another thread. I think this is a situation where such bias would definitely be a good thing!

Thanks for the tip.
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Postby EricBNC on Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:14 am

Here is my 2nd attempt before brewing - the first filter was a little out of shape since it had been pulled out and stuffed back in a while ago - it is easy to grab more than one at a time if you are not careful. :roll:

This filter was removed with care.

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This is 16 grams of Blue Bottle Coffee Small Lot Ethiopia Nekisse beans:

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My 240 ml pour (no pulse this time) finished in 2:40. Final draw down is fast so brewing finished in a little over three minutes - another nice cup too. :D
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Postby jbviau on Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:12 am

This thread cracks me up! If there's really no difference in the cup that would certainly make a lot of people happy.

Too thin? Use two filters! I kid... 8)
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Postby EricBNC on Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:36 pm

If you think about it, it should work - these Pure Brew filters, cheap as they may be, are still designed to filter coffee.

I am, however, curious how this filter from Melitta would do with that promise of thicker paper - of course the price per hundred more than doubles over the Pure Brew filters to a whopping $1.49:

https://shoponline.melitta.com/product/62912/FILTPAPER

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4 - 6 CUP WHITE BASKET FILTERS - 100 CT. - #62912
Melitta basket filters hold their shape and won't tear.

Our high quality, thicker paper is what sets our basket filters apart from your average store brand.

Melitta basket filters are Chlorine Free.
Poly bag wrapped package of 100 filters.
Fits 4 - 6 cup basket style electric coffeemakers.
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Postby EricBNC on Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:11 pm

I might need to stop in at Target - they have the Melitta Jr basket filters priced at $1.59 for 200 - even after sales tax that is less than a penny per filter. These are seven inch diameter filters at the top. The Tiamo/Wave 155 small size filter is 6 inches so some fitting is necessary.

The Tiamo/Wave 185 large size filter is 7 inches in diameter so the fit should be pretty good without much manipulation.
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