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Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Review

   
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Overall avg rating 5.0 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: August 9, 2013
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Pros:  Gourmet flavor, well-thought out design, ceramic versions for at home use.
Cons:  Special shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than the Melitta version.
Best Uses:  Camping, backpacking, everyday use.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (2/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Hario
Review by: McKenzie Long ⋅ Senior Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ August 23, 2012  
Overview
The V60 narrowly edged out the Aerobie AeroPress for our Editor's 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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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Brew Features
Cone shape:
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.

Taste
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.


Weight
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.

Portability
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.

Best Application
This gourmet coffee maker can be used in your home, car-camping, or on short backpacking trips.

Value
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.

Other Versions
This pour-over style coffee maker comes in ceramic and glass options for the particular coffee drinker who doesn't want to chance it that chemicals can leach out of a plastic coffee maker. Check out our opinions on if the Hario V60 Ceramic Dripper can be used for camping or if it is strictly for use at home. You can also buy more V60 Plastic Dripper Coffee Filters for $7.

McKenzie Long

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Most recent review: August 9, 2013
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   Aug 9, 2013 - 12:22am
micmardini · Climber · Quebec
When I started reading about the Hario V60, I understood that it is not only a solution for backpacking or camping…It really does very good coffee, even compared to what we have at home!

It is supplied with an instruction guide that explain how to make the perfect coffee. Very simple, don't worry! There are lots of video on youtube that explain how to do it. I strongly suggest that you have a look at one of these…



I got mine for 12$…what can I say!

Cheers!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Nov 29, 2012 - 02:50pm
Linda Long · Hiker · Houston
I own the aeropress but had the chance to use this coffee dripper when I went camping with my daughter. In fact, she had a couple of the funnel style coffee drippers. We were both amazed at the difference between them. The coffee from the Hario was noticiably better even though we used the same brand of coffee in both coffee makers. The Hario made coffeeshop tasting coffee; smooth and rich.I like my aeropress but I am asking for the Hario for Christmas because it is easier to use, to clean and I think the coffee is more consistant.The Hario will become my go-to coffee maker when I am camping and I think I will get one for home for the times I just want one cup of coffee!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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