Out of filters!

United States
June 5, 2009 5:22pm CST
Earlier this week my husband and I decided to start making coffee at home. Normally I drink cappuccino in the morning, but this is becoming an expensive habit, and even with flavored creamer, a coffee habit is cheaper. So we went to the store and bought some coffee, and creamer, and sugar. We got home to make coffee. We forgot to buy filters!! Have you ever run out of filters when you went to make coffee? What did you use instead? We used a paper towel. I didn't think it would hold up well once it got wet, I figured it would break and we'd have coffee grinds in our cup, or that it would break when I took it out of the pot and it would end up all over the floor. It didn't break at all. It held together very well. What have you used as a coffee filter? How did it work out for you?
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
6 Jun 09
Can't say I've ever used anything other than a coffee filter in the coffee pot, however I HAVE had the opposite situation. I ran out of paper towels and napkins and used coffee filters for napkins at the dinner table! lol
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• United States
6 Jun 09
When I was a kid my mother never bought napkins or paper towels. She used sponges for cleaning as it was cheaper that way. Normally we just dealt without napkins, but at times when we really needed them, we'd use a bath towel instead. At my house I don't normally buy napkins, because I've been accustomed to not using them, but I always have paper towels. However I would use a wash cloth in a pinch as a napkin.
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@adam1980 (517)
5 Jun 09
i havent used anything else as a coffee filter as we dont have one of these machines and use instant coffee, a paper towel sounds like a good idea and would be great especially with one like the plenty range or bounty as it used to be called as these dont break up when wet
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@finlander60 (1775)
• United States
6 Jun 09
In a pinch, I have been known to rinse out and reuse a filter, sometimes more than once. It has worked out fine for me. Anyone else have any suggestions?
• United States
6 Jun 09
I can see how that would work... but the problem for us is that we hadn't made coffee in probably a year. It's not something we make very often. The last time I made coffee was when a friend came to stay with us a couple days, and she drank coffee. I certainly didn't have a left over filter since then!
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