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Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over Review

The best model that does not require filters and one of the few that does not involve hot water on plastic.
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Price:  $35 List | $15.99 at Amazon
Pros:  No filter needed, great taste, stylish
Cons:  Expensive, requires water and more time to fully clean
Manufacturer:   Cafellissimo
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 28, 2019
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  • Taste - 40% 8
  • Ease of Use - 25% 8
  • Group Cooking - 15% 7
  • Portability - 10% 7
  • Weight - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over is our favorite filterless brewing option, scoring just below our favorite filtered version and Editors' Choice winner, the Hario V60. Both received high scores across the board, the V60 just edging out the Cafellissimo because of slightly better flavor and being a bit easier to clean. With a filter you can just lift out the grounds and toss — but without a filter, you will need extra water to rinse out your cone. The Cafellissimo is also an excellent option for those that don't want to pour hot water over plastic in order to make coffee. This attractive and durable brewer is expensive, but you'll never have to worry about tracking down and stocking up on fancy filters, and it will always reward you with great tasting coffee.

If taste is the most important aspect for you, be sure to check out the Aerobie AeroPress, our Top Pick for Gourmet Taste. The brewing process is a bit more involved, and there are more pieces to keep track of, but the final cup is delightful. If you love the idea of a stainless steel dripper but would prefer something more packable, the Snow Peak Collapsible Coffee Drip might be a perfect fit, though it does require paper filters.


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Pros No filter needed, great taste, stylishGourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home useBrews a clean cup, insulated, durable, good size for a small group and available larger, no filters neededLight, simple, affordable, design allows you to see level of coffee while brewingPacks down flat, produces a good cup, lightweight for non-plastic, works on top of many different-sized vessels
Cons Expensive, requires water and more time to fully cleanSpecial shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brandsTakes more water to clean, heavyNot as refined a flavor as the V60, bulkyCan collapse while brewing if not careful, certain filters hang very low due to large bottom hole
Bottom Line The best model that does not require filters and one of the few that does not involve hot water on plastic.The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor.This press is durable, insulated, and fully stops extraction once pressed so there's no sludge in the bottom of your cup.This is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value.This collapsible stainless steel dripper is a bit on the heavy side but it folds down flat for easy travel and brews a nice cup.
Rating Categories Paperless Pour Over Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Planetary Design French Press Melitta 1-Cup Pour-Over Collapsible Coffee Drip
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Specs Paperless Pour Over Hario V60 Plastic... Planetary Design... Melitta 1-Cup... Collapsible Coffee...
Weight 3.3 oz dripper alone: 2.95 oz, dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz 1 lb 14.8 oz 2.01 oz 4.8 oz
Brew Type Pour Over Pour Over French Press Pour Over Pour Over
Main Material Stainless steel Hard plastic 18/8 Stainless steel Hard plastic Stainless steel
Filter needed? No Yes No Yes Yes
Notable Features No filter pour over Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side Double filtration system Can see cup without lifting dripper Collasible cone filter
Notes Requires some water to clean between uses Makes strong, smooth coffee Filtration system keeps more grounds out and double insulation keeps things hot longer Doesn't brew as well as the Hario dripper Folds down flat for easier transport than most other cone drippers

Our Analysis and Test Results

With the Cafellissimo you will never need to worry about pesky paper filters again! While it's a more significant investment upfront, you won't have to purchase a separate component that constantly creates paper waste. Yes, you need extra water to clean, but it's a small price to pay for a beautiful dripper that delivers an excellent cup of coffee.

Performance Comparison


The Cafellissimo is one of our all-around favorite brew methods.
The Cafellissimo is one of our all-around favorite brew methods.

Brew Features


This metal perforated cone requires no filters. While you may expect coffee to pour out the sides, it most certainly doesn't. The Cafellissimo pours at roughly the same speed as the V60 and these two drippers have about equal extraction times. As with all pour-over brewing devices, the more attention you pay to amount of coffee, grind size, amount of water, and how you pour, the better final cup you will receive.

The Cafellissimo delivers great taste with no filter.
The Cafellissimo delivers great taste with no filter.

Hot water and plastic
More studies link hot water and plastic to health issues. The Cafellissimo is one of the few options in our test suite that did not involve pouring hot water through plastic, something we see as a definite bonus.

Taste


In side-by-side tests, we had a hard time telling the difference between this brewer and the V60. Both scored at the top for taste, consistently delivering clean and luscious cups, far better than other cone pour-over options. The AeroPress, our Top Pick for Gourmet Taste, edged out a win for this category, but it was a close race and, depending on personal preference, an arguable one.

This stainless steel cone is easy to use and produces a delightful cup every time - especially if you follow a proper recipe.
This stainless steel cone is easy to use and produces a delightful cup every time - especially if you follow a proper recipe.

If you're new to using a pour-over cone and want to do it right, be sure to weigh both your coffee and your water. A good starting place is a 1:14 ratio. So, if you want to finish with a 12-ounce cup, use about 25 grams of coffee and about 350 grams of water (grams and milliliters are interchangeable, and there are approximately 30 grams in 1 ounce). Your full brew time should only take about 3 minutes total.

Ease of Use


While the Cafellissimo requires no buying or packing of filters, it will take some extra time, care, and water to clean after each use. The V60 scores a bit higher in this category because clean up just requires lifting out the filter and throwing everything away. Of course, if you don't care about thoroughly cleaning this brewer after each use, you don't have to — bang the cone at the edge of a trash can and carry on. Don't make this a habit, though, as doing so will result in your cone becoming clogged with oils. Clean regularly and properly to ensure you can continue to brew up a great cup.

Filterless options like the Cafelissimo require cleaning after each use. How much time and water is dependent on your personal cleanliness standards  though if you let too many coffee oils build up it will impede how well your dripper works.
Filterless options like the Cafelissimo require cleaning after each use. How much time and water is dependent on your personal cleanliness standards, though if you let too many coffee oils build up it will impede how well your dripper works.

Group Cooking


This is a decent option for group cooking scenarios. Load it to the brim with grounds, and you can make coffee for four people. This is not, however, the recommended way to brew and flavor will suffer as a result.

This isn't a great option for large groups  but if it's all you have you can make it work. Either load it up with more grounds or  more ideal  brew smaller amounts back to back. Clean up is easy and brew time should only take about 3 minutes per cup.
This isn't a great option for large groups, but if it's all you have you can make it work. Either load it up with more grounds or, more ideal, brew smaller amounts back to back. Clean up is easy and brew time should only take about 3 minutes per cup.

Portability


This is a non-collapsible cone, meaning it's bulky compared to other options if you're stuffing everything in a backpack. That said, with a little ingenuity, you can clip it to the outside of your pack and be merrily along your way.

Weight


At 3.3 ounces, this is a touch heavier than the V60. However, if you add in the weight of filters, then they are about the same. Ten V60 filters weighed 0.4 ounces. Overall, 3.3 ounces is very light for camping, especially for something stainless steel. There are lighter options available, but be prepared to brew with plastic.

Light and easy to use  this filter is a joy to use.
Light and easy to use, this filter is a joy to use.

Value


When comparing the prices of cone drippers, this one is definitely pricey. However, a couple of factors justify the price point: it's high-quality stainless steel instead of plastic and you will never need to buy filters. When you consider these things, both from a health standpoint (you'll won't be pouring hot water over plastic and drinking it) and a durability standpoint (no danger of cracking or chipping here!) then the initial sticker-shock might start to make more sense.

Conclusion


If you're looking for something light, easy to use, and practically zero-waste, then the Cafellissimo is a stellar option. Earning top scores in our taste tests, this dripper is a solid investment that will serve you well for the long haul.

No paper waste and easy to clean. This is a great filter.
No paper waste and easy to clean. This is a great filter.


Penney Garrett