My coffee sock became worn out and I looked for a replacement on Taobao. You could say the options are plentiful now because the Chinese are drinking coffee. Not kopi, but filtered coffee, and of course Espresso. Well, a coffee sock isn’t actually cheaper on Taobao than what you can get in Malaysia, where it sells for just RM2 (S$0.68), but I did find something interesting – a metallic filter, that could potentially last forever.
At 37 Yuan (S$7.40), it is inexpensive. In fact, i have been looking to buy a filter that comes with a stand, and this one comes with various options – different sizes, colour and with or without detachable stand. The traditional coffee sock is cumbersome in that you always have to hold it.
This filter almost matches a coffee sock (a fairly new and not worn out one that is). It blocks rather fine sediment, and the resulting coffee is quite smooth. As with the sock, once the sediment gather, coffee drips slowly, but you can easily overcome this by swirling the coffee around with a spoon, although doing so means more sediments in your coffee.
Overall, I’m very pleased with this purchase and recommend it whether you use it for the regular filtered coffee or kopi.
Update: as with the sock, the outflow of coffee gets slower over time, due to clogging from the oil in the coffee. It has to be clean with warm soapy water, or rinsed in diluted vinegar.
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