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Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone Review

The Melitta Ready Set Joe is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value.
Melitta Ready Set Joe
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Price:  $6 List | $6.13 at Amazon
Pros:  Light, simple, affordable, design allows you to see level of coffee while brewing
Cons:  Not as refined of a flavor as a V60, bulky
Manufacturer:   Melitta
By Penney Garrett and McKenzie Long  ⋅  May 30, 2018
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  • Taste - 40% 7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 9
  • Group Cooking - 15% 7
  • Portability - 10% 7
  • Weight - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone runs away with our Best Buy award. If you're looking for a fast, easy, inexpensive, and tasty way to brew coffee on your camping vacation, this is an excellent choice. The Ready Set Joe is super simple, consisting of a single, lightweight piece of durable plastic. Grab some #2 filters and your favorite bean, and you're ready to Joe!

As far as plastic drippers go, we did feel that the Editors' Choice-winning Hario V60 made better coffee, but it costs about twice as much and requires harder to find filters. If you are looking to avoid paper filters and plastic, the Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over is another excellent choice, though its high price tag may be a deterrent.


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Pros Light, simple, affordable, design allows you to see level of coffee while brewingGourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home useNo filter needed, great taste, stylishNo filter needed, tiny and light, consistently good tasteLightweight, easy to use and clean, durable, no waste, can use for tea
Cons Not as refined of a flavor as a V60, bulkySpecial shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brandsExpensive, requires water and more time to fully cleanMust 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 Melitta Ready Set Joe is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value.The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor.The best model that does not require filters and one of the few that does not involve hot water on plastic.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 Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Paperless Pour Over Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy MSR MugMate
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Specs Melitta Ready Set... Hario V60 Plastic... Paperless Pour Over Single Serve... MSR MugMate
Weight 2.01 oz dripper alone: 2.95 oz, dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz 3.3 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 Hard plastic Hard plastic Stainless steel Nylon filter Nylon/Stainless steel
Filter needed? Yes Yes No No No
Notable Features Can see cup without lifting dripper Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side No filter pour over Rests on any mug Can be used for coffee or tea, compact
Notes Coffee is weaker than with the Hario dripper Makes strong, smooth coffee Requires some water to clean between uses 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

Simple, cheap, and effective, that's the Melitta Ready Set Joe. Across our rating metrics, this dripper scored admirably and, considering you can nab one of your own for under $5, we gave it our esteemed Best Buy award.

Performance Comparison


Coffee slowly dripping through the small hole on the Melitta Ready Set Joe.
Coffee slowly dripping through the small hole on the Melitta Ready Set Joe.

Brew Features


This is a pour-over style cone, which uses a #2 basket-shaped filter. Its biggest asset is the way the dripper hole is elevated above the base so you can see the level of coffee in the mug while brewing and eliminate surprise overflows. For group situations, if you're careful, you can use #4 filters and load this up even more.

A unique and useful feature of the Melitta Ready Set Joe is the hole allowing the user to see the dripping  and how full the cup is without lifting it up.
A unique and useful feature of the Melitta Ready Set Joe is the hole allowing the user to see the dripping, and how full the cup is without lifting it up.

Taste


The Ready Set Joe makes a good cup of coffee. Not great, but decent. Our Top Pick for Gourmet Taste, the Aerobie AeroPress and the V60 were noticeably better, but the flavor from this dripper is still pleasing to coffee diehards.

The Melitta Ready Set Joe and the Hario V60 ready for action in our taste test.
The Melitta Ready Set Joe and the Hario V60 ready for action in our taste test.

Ease of Use


This cone-style coffee maker is extremely simple and easy to clean. There are no small parts to keep track of, just the cone, a filter, and some coffee grounds. The hole in the side makes brewing even easier since you can monitor the level of coffee in your mug.

Trish McGuire using the MSR Reactor and the Melitta Ready Set Joe to brew coffee while camping at Charlotte Dome.
Trish McGuire using the MSR Reactor and the Melitta Ready Set Joe to brew coffee while camping at Charlotte Dome.

Group Cooking


The Ready Set Joe is best suited for one to two people but, as mentioned above, if you're careful, you can use a larger filter, load it up, and brew more at a time.

Portability


The Ready Set Joe is relatively bulky and does not fit in a backpack as well as the collapsible Java Drip or the mesh Primula Brew Buddy. However, the handle on the side can clip to the outside of a pack, making it easy to bring wherever you decide to wander.

Packing in all the necessities  including a way to make coffee in the morning clipped to the outside of our bag. Weighing only 2.01 ounces  the Melitta cone style coffee dripper is not too heavy to add to the list  though it doesn't pack as well as the GSI Collapsible Java Drip.
Packing in all the necessities, including a way to make coffee in the morning clipped to the outside of our bag. Weighing only 2.01 ounces, the Melitta cone style coffee dripper is not too heavy to add to the list, though it doesn't pack as well as the GSI Collapsible Java Drip.

Weight


This is one of the lightest cone style makers in this review, weighing just 2.01 ounces — great for camping and backpacking trips. Instant coffee packets are lighter, but they make a much less appealing cup. Though we did find an instant option, First Ascent, that really impressed us. We also love the filterless Primula, our Top Pick for Backpacking, for lightweight backcountry excursions. However, if you want to stick with the convenience of filters, the Ready Set Joe is your best bet.

The Melitta Ready Set Joe with its basket-style filter.
The Melitta Ready Set Joe with its basket-style filter.

Conclusion


The Melitta Ready Set Joe works great for any camping or backpacking situations, and it's also a highly economical option — hence the Best Buy award. For right around $4, you get a multi-use, high-quality coffee maker that's great for the house or the campsite. If you don't like the idea of pouring hot water through plastic, the Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over is a fantastic alternative, but it will cost you substantially more.


Penney Garrett and McKenzie Long