Naked Filter Pros & Cons
There is something magical and hypnotically in the process of brewing a coffee.
I could spend hours watching that beautiful hazelnut cream.
Bottomless filters are beautiful in terms of design and can be really helpful to increase your brewing skills.
But I learned that all glitter is not gold.
The filter holder clashes with the lines of the coffee machines. The bottomless filter match perfectly the horizontal lines of the machines.
TECHNICAL SKILLS NECESSARY
If you don’t follow all the steps properly your extraction will be a disaster, and when I mean a disaster I mean that you will find more coffee on your t-shirt than in the cup. It needs time, attention and dedication. You can forget about the beautiful central flow of coffee that you see in the pictures without proper skills. This is a big incentive (saving your t-shirts) to do better.
EASIER TO SPOT A GOOD EXTRACTION
Watching straight into the process makes it easier to spot a good extraction
To properly clean the normal filter holder you will need to scrap it daily and soak it in the soda once a week.
Naked filters are obviously way easier to clean.
EVOLUTION OF THE FILTER HOLDERS
Coffee machine producers like La Cimbali are developing machines from more than a century now. Don’t you think they had enough time to test any kind of filter holder? Including the bottomless obviously.
But let’s believe that a guy inside grandma’s cellar with a metal saw found the holy grail of the coffee, killing in one shot all years of research and engineering of the major developers of coffee machines.
If they ends up keeping the old system there might be a reason. They could save lots of money only on materials cutting out all that metal. Off course now they are all jumping on the trend to sell more, but, you won’t find a single Italian coffee machine mounting naked filters from the factory.
SINGLE POURING ONLY
No option for a double shot. If you ever worked in a busy bar you know how important is for a barista to use the double filter. Option is to buy a 4 group machine that is pretty inefficient in terms of consumption and usability (without considering the cost).
COFFEE GETS COLD
Yes, the filters are made to keep the coffee hot as much as possible before it touches the hot cup.
Increasing the distance between the coffee and the cup will increase the drop of temperature of the coffee, specially in winter.
(pictures are just an example, distance might vary according to the brand)
CREAM GETS DAMAGED
Filters are made to gently drop the cream in the cup. Bottomless filters drop the cream from 2 or even 3 times the normal height. A good barista knows how delicate and important is the cream in a coffee, especially in the espresso.
But I am a “crema” maniac so I would consider this last point strictly personal 🙂