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Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone Review

Melitta Ready Set Joe
Best Buy Award
Price:  $4 List
Pros:  Lightest, simplest, and least expensive; hole to see level of coffee while brewing.
Cons:  Not as refined of a flavor as the Hario dripper.
Bottom line:  A very light and inexpensive pour over option. Solid taste and value.
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Brew Type:  Pour Over
Weight:  2.01 oz
Materials:  Hard plastic
Manufacturer:   Melitta

Our Verdict

With a street price of under $4, this is our Best Buy winner. If you're looking for fast, easy, inexpensive, yet tasty way to brew coffee on your upcoming weeklong camping vacation, then the Melitta Ready Set Joe is an excellent choice. This coffee maker is so simple, consisting of a single, lightweight piece of plastic, and it brews a decent cup of Joe. Though we found the Hario V60 Plastic Dripper to make better coffee, it costs three times as much, weighs more, and requires very hard-to-find filters. The Melitta version uses a standard #2 filter and is hard to beat for the price.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
McKenzie Long

Last Updated:
Sunday
April 23, 2017

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2017 Update
This is no longer the lightest option in our review, but it's still the best value. The Primula is now our favorite option for backpacking as it weighs half as much and doesn't require filters.

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 filter. Its biggest asset is that it has a hole so the user can see the level of coffee in the mug while brewing, which eliminates surprise overflows. For group situations, if you're careful, you can use #4 filters and load this up even more.

The base of the Melitta Ready Set Joe is not as wide as the GSI Collapsible Java Drip  so it does not fit very well on a wide-mouthed Fair Share Mug  but fits better on narrower cups.
The base of the Melitta Ready Set Joe is not as wide as the GSI Collapsible Java Drip, so it does not fit very well on a wide-mouthed Fair Share Mug, but fits better on narrower cups.

Taste


The Melitta Ready Set Joe makes a good cup of coffee. Not great, but good. The AeroPress and the V60 beat this coffee maker in all taste tests. However, the flavor 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


A 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.

Weight


This is the lightest cone style maker in this review. It weighs only 2.01 ounces. This is light enough to make people consider bringing it along on a camping or backpacking trip. The Starbucks VIA is lighter, but makes much less appealing coffee. The Primula beats this out for best backpacking option. However, it's a filterless option. If you want the convenience of filters, this is your best bet.

Portability


The cone is relatively bulky and does not fit in a backpack as well as the GSI Collapsible Java Drip or the Primula. The handle on the side can clip to the outside of a pack, which makes it easier to bring along.

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.

Best Application


This coffee maker works for any camping application and can be brought on short backpacking trips.

Value


This is by far the most economical coffee maker we reviewed, which is why it wins our Best Buy award. For around $4 you can get a multi-use, high-quality coffee maker that can be used while camping in the great outdoors. That's a good deal.
McKenzie Long

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   Sep 14, 2016 - 09:19pm
grumpy · Camper · Knoxville, Tn
I have only just begun using this little dripper. I love it. It is very easy to use, and makes a great cup of coffee. I don't find the need for any additives (i.e., sugar, creamer, flavorings) to thoroughly enjoy my morning 16 oz. Since I use a bear vault, I have no problem with it's odd shape being difficult to pack. WOWZA!!!!! Thanks Melita, luvin' the joe!!!

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


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