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.