If you have a great auto drip coffee maker that takes #4 Melitta style filters but are tired of the paper taste they produce and your old permanent filter is a bit long in the tooth, this is the ultimate upgrade.
It is the 23k gold foil plated filter designed by Frieling. Why gold? First and foremost, gold is very neutral when it comes to flavour - much more so than plastic, steel, or aluminum. Second, it lasts a long time. Third, it has a negligible (but still measurable) better ability to trap and stop the passage of coffee fines due to the characteristics of gold metal.
A gold plated filter also allows essential coffee oils to pass through to the cup, which paper stops from flowing. Coffee oils provide all the rich and complete flavour you'd expect from great coffee.
Plus let's admit it. It is pretty bling.
At $35, this is actually quite a bargain (considering gold's price these days).
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.