Home Brewing Methods: Filter/Drip

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Filter/drip coffee brewing has been insanely popular for over a century now, and for some very good reasons. The coffee brewed from this method tastes incredible, and it’s very easy to do. Click the image below for a step by step video guide on how to brew filter coffee!

What is a Filter/Drip?

In simple terms, a filter or drip coffee brewer (the terms are generally interchangeable) is a brewing method that consists of pouring hot water on coarsely ground coffee. This then drips through the filter and into a cup or pot over a few minutes. The coffee made from a filter/drip brewer can either be drunk black, or you can add milk, cream or sugar to sweeten it.

Where Does the Filter/Drip Originate From?

Originally, paper filters and the filter brewing method were invented in Germany in 1908. Around 50 years later in 1954, the first electric coffee brewer was invented – also in Germany. Nowadays, both the original manual brewing method and electric brewing methods are insanely popular worldwide. Another addition to the original filter brewer design is a reusable metal filter to replace single-use paper filters. While this reduces waste, it does add to machine maintenance.


The Drip-o-Lator was invented in the United States in the 1920s. The original German invention was designed to make one cup at a time, and drip directly into your cup. However, this American patent allowed for coffee to be brewed into a pot, making multiple cups at a time. This type of coffee then became the norm across American cafes and homes.


The Best Way to Brew Filter/Drip Coffee at Home

At the top of this blog, there’s a link to a video guide on how to brew filter coffee. If you’re more of a reader, here’s an easy to follow guide –

What you’ll need:

  • Filter
  • Filter Paper
  • Kettle
  • Scales


  1. Put the filter paper in the filter.
  2. Weigh out 15 grams of filter-ground coffee and tip into the filter paper.
  3. Pour in 50mL of water to begin the blooming process.
  4. Add 100mL more water.
  5. Allow this to drip for a little while before adding a final 100mL of water.
  6. And there you have it! A lovely cup of filter brewed coffee. Add milk or sugar as you wish.

The Best Coffee for a Filter/Drip

If you drink your coffee with milk, we highly recommend our Il Caramello Blend for a smooth, slightly sweet cup, or our Tall Dark and Handsome Blend for a stronger, fuller-bodied coffee with chocolatey flavours. If you prefer your coffee straight black, we suggest you look for a light roasted coffee.

Ryadan Jeavons

by Ryadan Jeavons

Ryd is a passionate coffee educator who started his career in 2000 as a barista. Having seen the coffee industry develop over the years and how much there is to learn about coffee still, his personal mission has become a role as the conduit between the industry and the consumer. He is passionate about educating the public on all the wonderful things we are learning about this golden liquid drink.

One comment on "Home Brewing Methods: Filter/Drip"

  1. Sakura says:

    I love filter coffee. But I had limited my brewing method to only a traditional brass filter. Now, I’m looking to learn to brew a good cup of drip coffee after I bought an equipment recently. This blog proved to be very informative to me. Can’t wait to go start brewing now. Thank you!

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