A tribute to filter coffee

Filter coffee barely contains cafestol and therefore doesn't influence cholesterol levels

From strong Italian coffee to filter coffee

For a long time I didn’t drink filter coffee at all. I used to swear by good strong Italian coffee. Not a morning went by that I didn’t put my Bialetti on the fire and impatiently waited for the divine black juice to come out. Heat up a little home-made almond milk, froth it and enjoy another awesome almond milk cappuccino.

A cappuccino with latte art
A cappuccino with latte art

But lately my mokas (cause I have quite a few) are standing around collecting dust and a new, small coffee machine for filter coffee has appeared in my kitchen.

Why did I go back to drinking filter coffee?

Three important reasons:

  • Filter coffee contains more caffeine than espresso or coffee from a moka, at least per standard unit. At the same time I have the feeling that the caffeine in filter coffee gives me a more gradual stimulant feeling than the caffeine in espresso, which tends to give me more of a rush. It seems that the higher concentration of caffeine in espresso causes it to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster.
  • I feel that I can enjoy my filter coffee more because it comes in a larger size and takes longer to drink than an espresso or even a cappuccino. I’m really enjoying my big cup of black joy in the morning. My new coffee machine causes a wonderful smell of coffee to spread through the whole house and the sound of the machine making coffee takes me back to my childhood.
  • For my health.
Coffee being poured into a coffee cup out of a moka pot
Coffee being poured into a coffee cup out of a moka pot

Why is filter coffee healthier than Italian coffee?

It’s a fact that coffee is good for your health. A large amount of studies have shown that coffee can improve health by lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes and possibly even Alzheimer’s.

One dangerous component of coffee, however, is cafestol. Cafestol increases the amount of harmful cholesterol in the bloodstream. Cafestol is therefore linked to a higher risk of heart disease.

The highest quantities of cafestol are found in unfiltered coffee like Turkish coffee, French press and also to some extent in coffee from moka pots. Filter coffee barely contains cafestol because this is filtered out in the process. This makes filter coffee healthier than espresso.

Filter coffee
Filter coffee

Time to dump your Italian moka or espresso machine in the garbage bin? Well, no…. A good cappuccino from time to time will not hurt at all. Especially when it makes our hearts beat a little faster… By the way, if you want to enjoy a health, coffee free alternative latte check out this post.

Author: Jonathan

Foodblogger, translator, webmaster, cook. Passionate about natural food, languages, cycling and travels.

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