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Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Review
Cons: Special shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than the Melitta version.
The V60 narrowly edged out the Aerobie AeroPress for our Editors' Choice award since it is so simple yet also creates a rich cup of coffee. There are fewer pieces to keep track of than with the AeroPress, making it easier to bring along on a camping trip, yet it also provides a less-bitter-tasting coffee. The V60 is far easier to clean then a French press, and the unique design of the cone on this coffee maker allows for an almost perfect brew when done correctly, beating both the Melitta Ready Set Joe and the GSI Collapsible Java Drip in taste tests. The main downside to the V60 is that the pointed specialty filters can be hard to find, especially if you are camping in an area not very close to a large town. Weighing slightly more than the Melitta dripper, the V60 is still under three ounces and can be easily carried along on an overnight or packed along for car-camping.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
This unique shape allows for the grounds to stack thicker instead of fanning out in a thin layer, which extends the time the water stays in contact with the grounds, extracting flavor.
Large Single Hole:
At first we thought this hole was silly large, and assumed it would eliminate the function of the cone shape, because the water would run right through the cone. However, Hario suggests using a kettle with a thin spout, which controls the flow of water, for the perfect pour-over. Also, this large hole allows for the flavor to vary depending on speed of the water flow, so you can customize your brew.
Spiral Ribs on Side:
These spirals allow for air to collect between the plastic dripper and the paper filter. This provides room for air to escape the coffee grounds, allowing for the coffee to expand and brew in more flavor.
In our pour-over-only taste tests, the Hario V60 repeatedly came out on top. Our tasters resported a richer flavor with less bitterness than with the other pour-over models. The AeroPress still won out in overall taste tests, but the V60 was a close second, far exceeding similarly styled coffee makers.
Ease of Use
The pour-over method can be as simple as scooping coffee into a filter and adding water, or as complex and specific as weighing out the grounds, measuring the temperature of water, and timing it as it flows through.
At 2.94 ounces, this coffee maker is one of the lightest. It is still on the heavy side for a backpacker who might prefer the instant single-servings of Starbucks VIA, but it is not too heavy to carry along on an overnighter.
The bulky shape of the cone is not very conducive to stuffing in a backpack. However, it can be clipped to the outside of a pack through the handle.
This gourmet coffee maker can be used in your home, car-camping, or on short backpacking trips.
For a list price of $12, the V60 is on the expensive side for a pour-over cone coffee maker. The Melitta version only costs $3. However, this coffee maker results in a cup that is closer to perfection than you can get with the other models. We think that is worth $12.
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— McKenzie Long
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