Purifying the coffee






Drip coffee is the brewing method I like the best. From grinding the beans, warming the coffee pot and cup to seeing the hot water seeping through the coffee powder and dripping down… I can vividly feel how every step can bring a slight difference to the aroma and the taste. Just by thinking about this, I would stay focused on performing every step with perfection.

Coffee filters can be made of various materials such as paper, cloth and stainless steel. What you may not have heard of is perhaps the ceramic filter by the Japanese brand LOCA. The ceramic coffee filters are made in the same area as Arita ware. Since the pottery is made without glazing, pores can be formed if the firing temperature or duration is not up to standard. Although the pores are not visible to human eyes, water can still seep through, which makes them difficult to be used as bowls or cups. However, the firing technique can be optimized to create a highly functional filter. In fact, water filters produced in the Shigaraki area in Japan are also made using a similar method.

LOCA has sort of a purifying effect as it can cleanse impurities from coffee and water. Comparing to paper or cloth coffee filter, the ceramic filter has better potential in extracting the oil from coffee powder. As a result, the coffee made with LOCA has a milder taste, which is sweeter and less bitter.

LOCA is also an excellent choice for environmental protection. A well-maintained LOCA coffee filter can basically last forever, which makes it a perfect alternative to the single-use paper filters.