Frequently Asked Questions
There are 2 really good reasons for using cloth filters instead of paper. First, and most importantly, they're reusable and cut down on waste. Not to mention it's weird to think that tightly pressed glue and wood fibers can create good coffee. Secondly, cloth filters provide for a better cup of coffee. Filter more of the bitterness, and leave more of the flavor. In short, the coffee tastes better.
Similar to the cloth vs. paper conversation, there's are a couple of reasons why cotton is better than a french press or stainless steel filters. The first is the coffee tastes better. stainless steel and the french press can't filter out the oils in the coffee. This leads to a heavy cup of coffee. Cotton does a great job pulling out the oils, but letting the flavors flow through. The second is compostability. While it's great that stainless steel can be recycled so well, it's quite the process and much of it gets sent to the landfills. Sustainably sourced organic cotton can be put back into the ground to help things grow.
In short, perspective. Have you ever thought how much you spend a year on coffee filters? Let's say we brew coffee 500 times a year. That's 1 cup a day, and a second cup a couple times a week. Fairly reasonable, yeah? Okay, Paper filters range from 4-15 cents per filter. Doing the quick math, that means we're spending anywhere from $20 to $60 per year on single use filters. Or you can by Earth & Coffee filters for $15.99 for a 2 Pack, save money (from 30-76%!), and do good for the planet by living with a smaller consumption footprint.
Guarantee, Privacy & Returns
We keep things simple. We believe that our filters make such delicious coffee, they'll outperform your current filters, if after the first few brews you don't agree, we'll refund your purchase. If our workmanship fails or you're unsatisfied with our filter's performance, please let us know and we will refund or replace as necessary. We do not typically warranty filters that have mis-used.
We strive to keep our filters as untouched as possible, as such, we use only unbleached and undyed cotton fabric and thread. As part of the GOTS certification, the entire chain of production uses low impact, earth friendly processes.
Yes. All of our filters are made from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified cotton fabric and threads. You can learn more about the certification process on at global-standard.org.
Like with most things in nature, imperfections exist. In organic and natural cotton, this shows up as specks in the fabric. With or without the specks, your filter will still create create delicious coffee. With the specks though, you can save the planet from harsh bleaches and dyes.
Yep. Since your filters are free of any thing that can harm the planet, you can simply compost your filters when you've replaced them. Cutting them into smaller bits will help them break down faster too.
We process orders within 1-3 business days and shipping usually takes 1-5 business days. All Earth & Coffee filter orders to the lower 48 are shipped via USPS. If it's been a week and you haven't recieved your order, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do what we can to get you your filters.
Yes, by special request. So if you'd like to have an order shipped internationally, shoot us a note at email@example.com.
Using Your Filters
Stitches In! Having a uniform filter ensures a better cup of coffee. By brewing with the stitches in you let the fabric do the filtering. And since the stitches will stick up, they don't impact the flow of coffee in a bad way. The result, is a better cup of coffee.
Your pack of filters will last up to 200 brew, or roughly 6 months. Typically, we recommend using a new filter every 100 brews or every 3 months.
No. Earth & Coffee filters will pull out more of the oils than a french press, but not as much as a paper filter or other cloth filters. The result is a richer, more flavorful cup of coffee without the bitterness based on our experience and observations.
This is 100% up to you. But there are 3 main ways to store your filters to be ready for use.
The first is to simply let it air dry, and pre-wet it before you brew. Easy peasy.
Another option is to keep your filters in a glass of water in the fridge.
Another option, that we recommend is to simply toss it in the freezer after you've rinsed it. This, like leaving it in water, ensures it will be free of any unwanted bacteria and will make it so you don't have to pre-wet the filter. It'll be ready to after a couple minutes of de-thawing.
Ultimately though, the best way is the way that works best for you. Earth & Coffee filters will give you a delicious cup of coffee regardless of how you store it.