The Aeropress is one of my favorite ways to make coffee. Not only is it quick and easy to make, but it’s highly transportable, doesn’t require a lot of equipment, and makes a really fantastic cup of coffee. For the Aeropress, there are two filter options- paper or stainless steel.

stainless steel versus paper coffee filter

Stainless steel filter (left) and the Paper filter (right)

stainless steel aeropress filter

Stainless steel filter is great for a low-waste solution

We put them to the test to see which we enjoyed better using our Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Baraka Buna.

aeropress test


The paper filter does obviously create more waste because each paper filter is single-use. Wetting the paper filter before making a coffee in the Aeropress is essential for avoiding a paper-taste to the coffee. What the paper filter does result it in an incredible clean cup of coffee (low coffee particulates) which at least I personally really enjoy.

The stainless steel Aeropress filter is great in that it’s 100% reusable (yay no waste and infinite uses!). We found that it did let a bit more coffee particulates through which meant “dirtier” cup of coffee (but nothing near a french press).┬áThe stainless steel is also a good option for travel in that you will never run out of paper filters no matter where you are in the world.

aeropress coffee

Overall, the paper filter does produce a marginally better cup of coffee but at the price of more waste and a finite number of cups.