As a coffee lover, there is nothing more satisfying than the perfect cup of coffee first thing in the morning. And if you’re anything like me, you know your favorite type of coffee. You know the roast you prefer, you know what kind of beans you like, you even know where to buy the best coffee in town. But what about brewing at home?
Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. Manual brewing techniques may take time to fine-tune, but at their core, they are incredibly simple. In this Hario V60 Coffee Dripper review, you will see how this simple tool can step up your at-home coffee game.
requires a longer learning curve to bring out a tasting brew
the price is cheaper and made in Japan
our rating, based on our sound and impartial assessment
If you’re new to the concept of pour-over coffee, you may be surprised to hear that this method originated in Japan.
Japan imports more than 9.3 million pounds of coffee every year and focuses on brewed coffee.
When using the Japanese-made Hario V60 Coffee Dripper you can expect to encounter the following pros and cons.
Founded in 1921, Hario is a well-respected brand when it comes to manual coffee. In a survey of 300 coffee enthusiasts, Hario emerged as the market leader regarding coffee drippers.
Well loved by homebrewers and professionals alike, the Hario V60 is an excellent dripper. It’s high-quality design, and key features allow users flexibility in their brewing process and a great cup of coffee. Available in a variety of materials, colors, and sizes this dripper has two key features that set it apart from other drippers.
The first feature we’ll mention in this Hario V60 review is the single large hole at the bottom. Unlike other drippers with smaller openings, the large opening grants the user more control over their rate of water flow.
A second unique feature on the Hario V60 has spiraled ribs inside the cone. These ribs allow for maximum airflow around the coffee grounds. Increased air flow around the grounds creates a better tasting cup of coffee.
Choosing any new appliance is an extremely personal decision and selecting a coffee maker is no different. The Hario V60 Coffee Dripper is well known to produce a great cup of coffee, but not without some critical considerations.
As mentioned above, the Hario V60 is an incredibly simple coffee maker. However, keep in mind that a simple mechanism does not always equate to a simple process.
Making pour over coffee in any dripper takes patience. Some people will love the ritual of grinding their beans, wetting the grounds, and carefully pouring hot water through the dripper. On the other hand, some people just won’t have time to dedicate to this kind of practice especially first thing in the morning.
As with most manual coffee makers, the Hario V60 works best with freshly ground coffee. Because the V60 has a large hole in the bottom of the cone, it is essential to use a smaller grind than you would in an electric coffee maker.
Using a large grind with this dripper will lead to a weak cup of coffee because the water will pass through the grounds too quickly. Additionally, the user must take care to properly pre-wet grounds. Pre-wetting the grounds prevents channeling and uneven extraction.
The Hario V60 is aesthetically very plain. The dripper is available in either plastic, metal, glass, or ceramic. Each material has subtleties but generally speaking these coffee drippers look like a tapered coffee cup sitting on a saucer.
Both the ceramic versions and plastic versions of these coffee makers are available in a few solid colors. The glass drippers are clear with colored, plastic handles. The metal drippers are available in black, copper, and silver.
Aside from aesthetic value, each different material has its own set of pros and cons. Most notably price point and heat retention. The most affordable V60 is made of plastic while the best at heat retention is the ceramic model.
There are three sizes of dripper to choose from in the Hario V60 line. The V60s different sizes correlate to the maximum amount of coffee you can make at a time. The smallest size holds enough grounds to make 1-2 cups of coffee while the most significant volume can hold make up to 6 cups.
The Hario does not come with a carafe of any type. These coffee drippers are designed to sit directly atop a cup or carafe of your choosing.
Hario products are used worldwide in both homes and professional settings. The Hario company has been dedicated to creating heatproof glass since 1921 and maintains this commitment today.
Hario makes each V60 out of quality materials that will stand up to the test of time. If properly cared for you can expect this coffee dripper to remain reliable for years to come.
Generally speaking, the Hario V60 is known to make a crisp and clean tasting cup of coffee. Once you get the hang of making coffee with this dripper, you can expect to taste the subtle undertones of your favorite beans more clearly. As a bonus, you can expect only a small amount of acidity to come through in your coffee when you used the Hario V60.
Without a doubt, the Hario V60 is a reliable product that will produce a great cup of coffee. However, the steep learning curve may be off-putting to potential users. Below we’ll compare the V60 to a few other popular drippers.
The Chemex Classic is also known for producing a clean and rich tasting cup of coffee. While the Hario V60 uses ribbed spirals to improve coffee flavor, the Chemex Classic relies on thick filters made explicitly by Chemex.
Chemex does not offer a ceramic version of their coffee maker, but you can keep your coffee warm while brewing by placing this maker directly over low heat. Chemex does not recommend setting the carafe on an electric coil burner, but they do offer a stainless-steel rack to use between the coil and the Chemex.
The Chemex Classic is more expensive than the Hario V60, but it is more than just the dripper. When you include the price of a beautiful carafe with the Hario V60, the price difference is not as significant.
A Chemex might be right for you if have plenty of time to brew your coffee and prefer to develop a rich flavor. Check out our extensive guide on brewing coffee using a Chemex to see if it sounds like a suitable fit.
Another Japanese import, the Kalita Wave is a small coffee dripper very similar to the Hario V60. Just like the V60, the Kalita Wave is designed to sit on top of your mug or carafe. Another similarity to the Hario model is the recommendation of proprietary filters.
While the specialty filters for this model can be challenging to find and expensive, this dripper produces an even flavored coffee with every use. The Kalita Wave features a flat-bottomed design with three small holes. This design combined with the specialty filters ensures a great tasting product even if your pour is inconsistent.
If you are new to manual coffee makers, the Kalita Wave is much more forgiving than the Hario V60. Additionally, all models of the Kalita Wave are dishwasher safe.
The Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper is a little different than the Hario V60. With a wedge design and two small holes in the bottom, this coffee dripper is very forgiving. Unlike any of the other drippers mentioned above, the Bee House dripper uses standard sized filters that are easy to find.
One similarity to the Hario V60 is the raised edges found inside the drippers wedge. While they won’t hold your filter up as well as the V60s spiral ribbing, they will help keep your air flowing nicely. Additionally, this dripper is designed to sit directly upon a mug or carafe.
The Bee House is an excellent entry-level coffee dripper that will grow with the user. You do not need an advanced pouring technique to brew a good cup of coffee, but your flavors will improve as your method improves.