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Hario V60 Ceramic Dripper Review

The best option for home might be the best option for camping, if you don't mind the weight and lower durability than the plastic version
Hario V60 Ceramic Dripper
Photo: Hario
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Price:  $23 List | $20.92 at Amazon
Pros:  Holds 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
Manufacturer:   Hario
By McKenzie Long ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 25, 2012
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Our Analysis

Don't want to pour hot water through plastic? Don't mind a heavier cone? Identical in design to our Editors' Choice winner in everything except material, the Hario V60 Ceramic Dripper is a heavy-duty dripper that brews excellent coffee. Even though the plastic V60 performed very high in our taste tests, it is believed that plastics can leach trace amounts of chemicals into water — especially when that water is hot. With the ceramic version, you get the same excellent taste that you've come to expect from Hario's unique design, but without the worry of exposure to chemicals. It is significantly heavier than the plastic version and more than twice the cost, but it is sturdier while brewing and has the potential of lasting far longer than a plastic piece.

The ceramic and plastic versions of the Hario V60 are identical in...
The ceramic and plastic versions of the Hario V60 are identical in design. The plastic version is much lighter and less likely to break, but the ceramic one holds heat in more effectively.
Photo: McKenzie Long

Another option if you want a cone but don't want hot water pouring over plastic is the Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over. It delivered similarly high scores for taste as the V60. Because this model is filterless, it does require cleaning after each use, which takes extra time and water. That said, you don't have to remember the filters or create extra waste every time you brew.

Best Application

This gourmet coffee maker is made to be used in the home; however, since it is only a single piece that does not require electricity, it can also be used for camping. It will, of course, require more careful packing and handling, but the Hario Ceramic Dripper functions just as well as the plastic dripper in a camping environment. Better actually, when you consider that it holds in heat better than the plastic version. 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. In our opinion, the ceramic version of the V60 is a worthy investment: an esteemed and delicious way to brew coffee every morning no matter where you are.

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Other Versions

This pour-over style coffee maker comes in plastic as well as glass and metal. Read our review of the Hario V60 Plastic Dripper which won our Editors' Choice Award, to learn more specifics about this coffee maker's features.

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McKenzie Long