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Pros: Hold heat better than plastic, brews rich coffee, ceramic material doesn't leach chemicals like plastic, versatile, well-thought out design with large hole, pointed cone shape, and spiraling ribs inside cone
Cons: Special shaped filters are harder to find, heavy, fragile
Best Uses: At home use, camping use, every day gourmet coffee making
Identical in design to our Editor's Choice winner in everything except the materials, the Hario V60 Ceramic Dripper is an even more heavy-duty and taste specific coffee maker. Even though the V60 Plastic Dripper performed very high in our taste tests, it is believed that plastics can leach trace amounts of chemicals into water, especially with hot water. With the ceramic version you get the excellent taste that comes with Hario's unique design without the worry of exposure to chemicals. It is significantly heavier than the plastic version and twice the cost, but it is sturdier while brewing - indoors or outdoors – and has the potential of lasting far longer than a plastic piece.
This gourmet coffee maker is made to be used in your home, however, since it is only a single piece that does not require electricity, it can also be used for camping. It will require more careful packing, but the Hario Ceramic Dripper functions just as well as the plastic dripper in a camping environment. This makes it more versatile than some of the other camping coffee makers, because it allows you to buy only one coffee maker – with no compromise whatsoever in flavor - for both home and camping use, which is more sustainable and cost effective overall. In our opinion the ceramic version of the Hario V60 would be a worthy investment: an esteemed and delicious way to brew coffee every morning no matter where you are.
This pour-over style coffee maker comes in plastic as well as glass options. Read our full review of the Hario V60 Plastic Dripper, which won our Editor's Choice Award to learn more specifics about this coffee maker's features.
— McKenzie Long
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Most recent review: September 25, 2012
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