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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 | $16.94 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  ⋅  Nov 20, 2018
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  • Taste - 40% 8
  • Ease of Use - 25% 8
  • Group Cooking - 15% 7
  • Portability - 10% 7
  • Weight - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Cafellissimo was our favorite filterless brewing option, falling just runner-up to our Editors' Choice Award, the Hario V60, our favorite filter brewer. Both received high scores across the board, the V60 just edging out the Cafellissimo because the flavor was slightly better and it's a bit easier to clean. With a filter you can just lift out the grounds and toss — but without a filter, you will need some water to rinse out the cone. The Cafellissimo is also a great option for those that don't want to pour hot water over plastic 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 a great tasting brew.

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. To efficiently serve more than just one person at a time, we also recommend the classic Bialetti Moka Express 9-Cup, our Top Pick for Large Groups. And for those intrigued by a travel mug French press with phenomenal flavor, go read about our Top Pick Frech Press, the Espro Travel Press.


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Pros No filter needed, great taste, stylishGourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home useLight, simple, affordable, design allows you to see level of coffee while brewingNo filter needed, tiny and light, consistently good tasteLightweight, easy to use and clean, durable, no waste, can use for tea
Cons Expensive, requires water and more time to fully cleanSpecial shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brandsNot as refined of a flavor as a V60, bulkyMust lift filter out of most cups to avoid steeping, poor for large groupDidn't produce the best flavor, difficult to control extraction
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.The Melitta Ready Set Joe is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value.The best option for light travel and backpacking, this savvy brewer will keep you caffeinated without taking up space in your bag.This simple and durable filter is easy to use, produces a decent cup of Joe, and can also be used for tea.
Rating Categories Paperless Pour Over Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy MSR MugMate
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Specs Paperless Pour Over Hario V60 Plastic... Melitta Ready Set... Single Serve... MSR MugMate
Weight 3.3 oz dripper alone: 2.95 oz, dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz 2.01 oz 1.1 oz 1.0 oz with lid/coaster, 0.7 oz for just filter portion
Brew Type Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over Filter
Main Material Stainless steel Hard plastic Hard plastic Nylon filter Nylon/Stainless steel
Filter needed? No Yes Yes No No
Notable Features No filter pour over Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side Can see cup without lifting dripper Rests on any mug Can be used for coffee or tea, compact
Notes Requires some water to clean between uses Makes strong, smooth coffee Coffee is weaker than with the Hario dripper Filter hangs in coffee for most cups Super simple and versatile but need to have the right-sized vessel for it to rest on

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 up front, you won't have to purchase a separate component that creates paper waste constantly. Yes, you need a little 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 was one of our favorite all-around brew methods.
The Cafellissimo was one of our favorite all-around 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. These two drippers have about equal extraction times.

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

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.


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

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 scored a bit higher in this category because clean up just requires lifting out the filter and throwing everything away.


If you don't care about thoroughly cleaning out this brewer after each use, you don't have to — bang the cone at the edge of a trash can and carry on. However, though it takes a fair bit of time, we recommend completely cleaning out the filter so it doesn't become clogged with oils over time. That will really mess up your brew.

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. That said, the V60 scored a little higher because it's even easier to load up.


If you want an excellent option for larger groups, the Bialetti Moka Express 9-cup was our Top Pick for Large Groups. It brews up concentrated stovetop espresso quickly, and each person can then add any amount of milk or water they want to get their perfect beverage.

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. Our ten filters weighed 0.4 ounces. Additionally, if you like using the little plastic scoop that comes with the V60, that setup will end up marginally heavier than the Cafellissimo, even though it's plastic.


Overall, 3.3 ounces is very light for camping, especially for something stainless steel. For backpacking it's still light, but not ultralight like the Primula Single Serve, GSI Ultralight Java Drip, or MSR MugMate.

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 and sharing an Editors' Choice award with the iconic V60, 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