Why we love the Swiss Gold Filter

Published by Mark
March 4, 2010 4:29 pm

swiss_gold_filterPaper filters are not only wasteful, but they also alter the flavor of your coffee. Instead of allowing the lipids and oils in the coffee to filter through, the paper filters absorb them, leaving you with a less flavorful and thinner cup. Since paper isn’t an inert material, you end up extracting the flavor of the paper, too.

The Swiss Gold Filter is engineered to hold back large particles, while allowing the flavorful elements of the coffee to come through. You’ll end up with a richer, more full-bodied cup of coffee without any sludge at the bottom.

Unlike less expensive “gold tone” filters, which are usually golden-colored stainless steel, the Swiss Gold coffee filter is made of real 23-carat gold foil. Lower quality reusable coffee filters can give coffee a metallic taste, but with the Swiss Gold filter all you taste is delicious coffee.

You can use this filter in all models of Technivorm Moccamaster coffee brewer, as well as any brewing device that holds a # 4 filter.

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  • Written by: Bubba

    Is this filter still available?

  • Written by: Mark

    Hi Bubba,
    Indeed, it’s been rebranded as Cilio: http://www.clivecoffee.com/product/cilio_gold_filter.html

  • Written by: paul

    Hi Bubba,
    The real swissgold is the best pour-over filter available. However, I’m afraid the real swissgold cone is no longer available in North America. You can buy them internationally and have them shipped stateside.

    Frieling’s Cilio is not quite the same. The swissgold is a superior product. The Frieling gold cone is manufactured for a larger lower-cost market. Most of them are built for home coffee pots that you can buy at department stores, and William Sonoma.

    Though they are both 23 carat gold, Frieling uses far less gold for their gold cone. The swissgold is thick and opaque. The Cilio is transparent and flimsy. The laser etched perforation in the swissgold is very fine allowing all the oils and lipids but very little slit. Not only does the Freiling cone not last as long as a real swissgold, they also allow far more silt than the real swissgold.

    I have been working with the swissgold for more than 10 years. There is no greater permanent filter.

    If you dont want to cold call coffee shops around the country on a search for dead-stock swissgold cones, which you can do. There are still some out there, trust me. I secured 10 at cost from a cafe in Ohio that had no idea what they had. I would suggest the Coava or Able cone.

    The Coava and Able cones are made from more reactive metals than the swissgold. Which means that some of the oils will remain on the cone. So you will draw a less flavorful cup than with the swissgold. However they do produce a far cleaner cup than the Frieling Cilio. These cones have very fine perforation similar to the swissgold. Also, since they are made from more robust materials then the thin metal/wide mesh Cilio, they will last longer.

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