WHY HANDLOOM, NOT PAPER!
These handloom coffee filters are made from kora (unbleached & undyed) cotton yarn of 60’s x 40’s count. Cotton filters produce a clean, sediment-free cup of coffee with heavy aromatics and a buttery mouthfeel from natural oils and a higher perceived acidity in the brew. Once used, the cloth filter must be washed thoroughly with water only and left to air dry. We have used each cloth filter for over a hundred times before repurposing. In comparison, paper filters are more tightly woven, clean out most sediments and natural oils so your cup of coffee is clean but diminished in aromatic oils. They are also not reusable and as a result, high waste (both in terms of household waste as well in the use of trees at the paper mill).
FABRIC FOR RESILIENCE
These handloom coffee filters celebrate local community and resilience in a time of crisis. The fabric that makes up these filters comes from the award winning organisation, Dastkar Andhra who have been working to revive handloom weaving in the villages of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for many decades. The stitching of the cloth filters is done by the mothers of the children who are a part of an also award winning organisation, Parikrma Humanity Foundation in Bangalore. Many parents are small-scale tailors who have faced significant hardships as a result of the recent pandemic. Retailing 30 sets of coffee filters a month allows us to support an entire household.
The cloth filters are a part of Parikrma's community development programme for parents whose livelihoods have been affected by the recent pandemic.
More about Parikrma Humanity Foundation:http://www.parikrmafoundation.org
The handloom cotton cloth filters are made with fabric woven by the weavers of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh who are a part of Dastkar Andhra's work to revive handloom weaving.
More about Dastkar Andhra:https://dastkarandhra.com/
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