Batched brewed filter coffee is undergoing something of a resurgence, probably due to a combination of artisan shops experimenting with the format and the rise in popularity of Scandinavian culture in the United Kingdom.
Filter coffee offers a completely different taste to espresso based coffee. The obvious difference is that the liquid is passed through a paper filter opposed to a metal one; this results in almost all the oils being removed from the final product, as well as any micro grins. Filter coffee, therefore, has a much cleaner, lighter taste and appearance.
Studies have shown that drinking filter coffee, compared against other methods, indirectly lowers cholesterol levels, the negative effects of which are well known. In comparison to capsule machines, the benefits for the environment is in favour of filter coffee due to less energy for production and less waste produced.
Filter coffee is easy to experiment with at home and doesn’t require an expensive espresso machine. You can range from a simple v60 pour-over all the way up to a handmade Moccamaster filter machine.