White vs. Brown Filter Paper: The Showdown

What is the difference between white and brown filter paper? Customers often wish to know the contrast in flavour, quality, and the production processes. Our range of filter papers is expanding, so we’re taking the opportunity to explore the differences between them.

The terms ‘bleached’ and ‘unbleached’ to describe the white and brown filters come with a host of associated concerns and preferences. However, you shouldn’t let these sway you when choosing the right filter paper for you.

Quality is the main priority.

Using a trusted brand ensures the filter papers are produced using superb quality fibres and are processed in a way that doesn’t affect the flavour of your final cup!

In the early 1900s, Melitta Bentz invented the original filter paper. Since then, thousands of variations of the filter paper have been produced worldwide. This can often make choosing the right one a hard task. However, the good news is that it’s all down to your personal preference. Coffee brewing in general is largely debated and the use of different coffee filters is no different. What one coffee lover enjoys another may not, as making coffee a real labour of love.

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The only main difference we point out to everyone that asks about filter papers is their environmental impact…

White filter papers are bleached to produce their nice white appearance. This additional process can be an off-putting thought for many people. However, the bleaches used are perfectly safe. There is no scientific evidence that there’s a difference in taste when using a bleached filter paper. Rather, they’re produced to aesthetically appeal to a wider audience, much like the other paper products we use every day!

This does mean that brown filter papers won’t necessarily produce a better cup of coffee, although it is worth noting that they are more environmentally friendly! With reduced processing comes less environmental impact, so if you’re conscious of the world around us, using an unbleached filter paper may be more suited to your lifestyle.

Ultimately, this is the only difference between them.

It is far more important to choose the right sized filter paper of good quality for your brewing equipment. Cheaper filters can leave a paper-y taste in your coffee due to their poorer quality, so it’s worth paying a few more pounds! A quick look through any coffee forum will return an incredible amount of personal experiences of different filter papers, all claiming different results. This is why we stock a wide range of filter papers and brands to give you the freedom to experiment.

Check out our filter papers here and start exploring which filter paper suits you best!