Tree Free Coffee Filters

When I first saw these coffee filters at Blue Bottle Coffee I thought: Wow! Cool hemp coffee filters!  Then I looked a little closer and they are actually “Kenaf” fiber….mmmmm what the hell is Kenaf?  Well it’s something called: Hibiscus Cannabinus which has many great uses a lot of them having to do with fiber and al the great things you can make from it.  Also as Blue Bottle’s website points out:

…a miraculous bush that is fast-growing, not soil depleting, and has edible and nutritious fruits and seeds! The fibers are thicker and stronger than paper fibers resulting in a filter that is resistant to “leaking” small particles into your coffee which can impart off tastes. Kenaf produces double the amount of paper per acre compared to timber, takes 30% less energy to produce compared to wood-pulp derived paper, and is lightly bleached with hydrogen peroxide, as opposed to oxygen or chlorine-derived bleaches common in the paper industry.

 

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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