How to Choose the Right Coffee Filter for Your Aeropress – Metal or Paper?

by Brew Ready
8 minutes read

When it comes to making coffee with an Aeropress, one of the most important things is choosing the right filter. There are two main types of filters that can be used with an Aeropress – metal, and paper. So, which one is better? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each type of filter to help you decide which one is right for you.

Which One Will You Choose? Paper Vs. Metal Filters

When it comes to coffee filters, there are two main types – paper and metal. Paper filters are the most common type of filter used in home brewing methods like the Aeropress. They’re made from a thin sheet of paper that’s been treated with chemicals to make it more durable.

Metal filters are less common, but they’re growing in popularity. They’re made from various materials, but the most common type is stainless steel.

There are pros and cons to each type of filter. Paper filters are generally more affordable and easier to find. They’re also disposable, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning them. Metal filters are more expensive, but they’re also reusable. This means that you can save money in the long run by using a metal filter. They also tend to let more of the coffee’s natural oils through, which can give your coffee a richer flavor.

Paper Filters for AeroPress

Replacement Filter Packs for AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Makers, 700 Count, White

When it comes to choosing the right coffee filter for your AeroPress, it really depends on your personal preference. Some people prefer paper filters because they feel that it results in a cleaner cup of coffee, while others prefer metal filters because they believe it adds more depth of flavor to the coffee.

We think that both types of filters can produce great cups of coffee, so it really comes down to what you prefer.

If you decide to use paper filters with your AeroPress, we recommend using a medium-fine grind size. This will help to ensure that the coffee brews evenly and doesn’t end up being too strong or weak. It’s also important to ensure that you wet the paper filter before use, as this will help prevent it from absorbing too much coffee oil and flavor.

The following are the essential features of the paper filter for your AeroPress:

  • The AeroPress paper filters are designed specifically for the AeroPress coffee maker.
  • They’re made of thicker paper that helps to reduce sediment in your cup of coffee.
  • Each box comes with 350 filters, so they’ll last you a long time.
  • Drip coffee lover? Paper coffee filters are a must-have.



-Good at removing coffee oils

– easy to find


-A less flavorful cup of coffee

-Can’t be reused

Some people feel that paper filters strip away too much of the coffee’s natural oils, resulting in a weaker flavor. Paper filters can also be challenging to clean and reuse, so you’ll need to replace them more often. If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly option, paper filters are not the way to go.

Metal Filters for AeroPress

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If you decide to go with a metal filter, we recommend using a slightly finer grind size than you would for a paper filter. This is because metal filters tend to let more coffee oil through, which can make the coffee a bit stronger.

When it comes to cleaning a metal filter, it’s important to be gentle. Avoid using any harsh soaps or detergents, as this can damage the filter. Instead, rinse it with warm water after each use.

Here are some essential features of the metal filter for your AeroPress:

  • The metal filter is made of stainless steel, so it’s durable and easy to clean.
  • It has a double-screen design that helps to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your cup.
  • The mesh is fine enough to let coffee oil through for a richer flavor, but it will still catch any coffee grounds.
  • It’s reusable, so you’ll save money in the long run.


-Gives a richer flavor


-Easy to clean


-More expensive

-Can be difficult to find

Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is the Best Coffee Filter for AeroPress?

The best AeroPress filter for you depends on your personal preferences. If you want a quick and easy cup of coffee with fewer oils, go for a paper filter. If you’re looking for a delicious cup of coffee with all the natural oils intact, go for a metal filter. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong with AeroPress.

AeroPress coffee makers are great because they allow you to brew coffee without using a lot of water.

How Often Should I Replace My AeroPress Filter?

Paper filters will need to be replaced more often than metal filters. Metal filters can be reused many times, while paper filters should be thrown away after each use.

Do You Want to Make Espresso With Your AeroPress?

We recommend using the metal filter if you want to make espresso with your AeroPress. The metal filter will allow more coffee oils to pass through, resulting in a richer and more flavorful cup of coffee. Just use a finer grind and less water for a concentrated shot of coffee.

Cappuccino and Latte lovers will also appreciate the metal filter for its ability to produce a richer and more flavorful cup of coffee.

Our recommendation: Altura S-Filter, Metallic Mesh Filter for AeroPress

We highly recommend using the Altura S-Filter, Metallic Mesh Filter for your AeroPress. It is made of 16 stainless steel and is designed to give you the best cup of coffee possible without taking away any of the flavor or oils. It is also easy to clean and reusable, so you can enjoy your cup of coffee without having to worry about the environmental impact.

Do You Love French Press Coffee but Hate the Grit?

If you love French Press coffee but hate the grit, we recommend using the AeroPress with a metal filter. The mesh filter will help to remove the coffee grounds and sediment from your cup of coffee, resulting in a tastier and more enjoyable cup of coffee.


Brewing coffee with an AeroPress coffee maker is a great way to make a delicious cup of coffee without using a lot of water. It would be best if you tried different filters to see which one you like best.

Metal filters will give you a more flavorful cup of coffee, but they can be difficult to clean. Paper filters are easy to use and clean, but they may not give you as much flavor. Ultimately, the best AeroPress filter for you is the one that you like best.

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