Hario V60

Hario V60
92.5

Price

10/10

    Coffee Quality

    9/10

      Coffee Maker Quality

      10/10

        Ease of Use

        10/10

          Cleaning Ease

          10/10

            Durability

            8/10

              Appearance

              10/10

                Brew Speed

                7/10

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful coffeemaker
                  • Small footprint
                  • Great tasting coffee
                  • Easy to use
                  • Easy to clean

                  Cons

                  • More fragile than many of the alternatives
                  • Hands-on/more time consuming
                  • Only big enough for 1-2 cups of coffee

                  So you're interested in the Hario V60, eh? It was only a matter of time, I suppose. This manual coffee dripper has sprung up all over the place, especially here on the West Coast.

                  But how does the coffee stack up when compared to other top rated drip coffee makers on the market? In this review I'll try and break it all down for ya.

                  The Review

                  I read in The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee that although the Hario V60, a Japanese coffee maker, is very popular here in the States…it is actually seldom used in cafés in Japan. Seems a bit ironic, but you shouldn't let it deter you from checking this coffee maker out.

                  What it really comes down to is what the dripper is made of, and how many holes are at the bottom of the dripper. This is really what differentiates most pour over/manual drip coffee makers from one another.

                  Speaking of Blue Bottle, they recommend the Bonmac. It has 3 holes at the bottom and is made of ceramic. There is a similar dripper that I own called the HIC. It also has 3 holes but is made of porcelain.

                  Video Review

                  The Ratings

                  Now that we're acquainted with the pros and cons, let's talk about the individual ratings for each category.

                  The Price

                  At around $20, I think it's a great price. A plastic dripper might cost you $10, but it a) won't look as good, b) won't conduct the heat as well, and c) may leach plasticy chemicals if it's not BPA free. I think the extra $10 is well worth it.

                  Score: 5 stars

                  The Coffee Quality

                  This one is almost entirely in your control. Considering the way you pour the hot water will affect how good your coffee ultimately tastes, I'm not going to give this a perfect score. If you work on the craft though, you'll end up with some of the best cups of coffee  you've ever had.

                  Score: 4.5 stars

                  The Coffeemaker Quality

                  It's made of a pretty thick glass and definitely doesn't feel cheap. Even the handle is an elegant plastic. If you can keep the V60 well protected, it will last you a long time.

                  Score: 5 stars

                  Ease of Use

                  Since this is a very hands on brew process, I'm not going to give the V60 a perfect score here. You do need to practice and have somewhat of an idea of what you're doing. Some tools that you will probably want to use are a Gooseneck kettle and a gram scale.

                  Setup is a breeze though. If you aren't too particular this is a pretty ease way to brew coffee. Still, not the easiest.

                  Score: 4 stars

                  Cleaning Ease

                  Dump the used filter. Rinse with hot water. Done!

                  Score: 5 stars

                  Durability

                  Eh…mine hasn't broken yet (knock on wood). For what it's worth, the glass is pretty thick and there are no electric components at risk of malfunctioning. So, I think a 3 is a fair score here.

                  Score: 3 stars

                  Appearance

                  Beautiful. Very elegant. I can never get enough of this coffee maker's looks.

                  Score: 5 stars

                  Brew Speed

                  It will take you roughly a minute of prep. The brew process itself should take about 3-4 minutes. For 1 cup, this is on the longer side. But not terrible.

                  Still, there are faster brew methods out there.

                  Score: 3.5 stars

                  Versatility

                  It makes coffee, plain and simple. No bells and whistles. If you're even considering this coffee maker though, you should have already known that.

                  Score: N/A

                  Final Thoughts

                  So is the Hario V60 for you? Well, that depends.

                  -Do you like the ritual of making coffee in the morning?

                  -Do you have limited space for a new kitchen appliance?

                  -Are you usually only making one cup of coffee at a time?

                  If the answers are yes, the Hario V60 is a great choice in a coffeemaker. Definitely one of the best coffee makers out there for the money.

                  Questions? Comments?

                  Please share your comments and questions below. Thanks for reading!