The Hario V60 vs Kalita Wave Coffee Dripper smackdown!
Hario V60 pour-over coffee dripper has been the Champion of pour-over coffee brewing among aficionados for decades. But now there is challenger in the ring going after the belt. We pit the Hario V60 vs Kalita Wave coffee dripper to find out which is better.
The Kalita Wave dripper, made in Japan, offers a different process of drip coffee brewing. Most noticable is the flat bottom basket, rather than cone-shaped like the Hario V60. The brewing process is a little more like a Vietnamese coffee in that the coffee steeps a little longer. The result is a longer extraction time than what you typically get with a Hario V60 coffee dripper, which has a large single hole, and lots of bam bam!
Coffee passes through the grounds faster in the Hario V60. The flat bottom and three tiny holes cause the water to pass through the Kalita Wave coffee dripper slower. Since the extraction is longer, more flavors and oils come out of the grounds.
Speed had Kalita Wave on the ropes at first, we were able to drink our cup sooner from the Hario V60. But Kalita came on strong in the later rounds and the fuller flavor won out.
Kalita Wave was a tough challenger against Hario V60, a solid defender, and after going head to head for over a year now, we give the edge to Kalita Wave for a richer, fuller flavor pour-over coffee. This is not to suggest that using the Hario V60 is bad, Hario threw it down and is still a great pour-over coffee dripper who is not ready to hang up the pour-over coffee gloves. We use the V60 frequently. In the final round the differences were subtle. And one brewer probably suits certain types of beans and roasts over the other. Keeping that in mind you’ll have be the judge.
The Kalita Wave comes in stainless steel, glass and ceramic. Since we’re prone to breaking drippers, we recommend the stainless. There a two sizes are available, #155 and the #185, the #155 is fairly small and can’t hold much more that 10-15 grams of coffee grounds. The #185 is similar to the Hario V60 in capacity and will perfect for normal everyday brewing.
To purchase the Kalita Wave #185 coffee dripper shop here
Check out our quick look at the Kalita Wave 185 Pour-over Coffee Dripper:
Here is the definitive Pour-over Coffee World Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for the coffee lover on your gift list. Gift ideas range from $9 for paper filters to over $500 for an automatic pour-over coffee brewer. Great gifts are ones that meet a need or desire and that the recipient will be surprised by. Also something they will use over and over to remind them of what a great person you are. Shop the Pour-over Coffee Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for all your friends and family, they’ll be very happy, and nothing feels better than giving someone something they’ll appreciate for years to come.
Unique gift ideas
Is there a person on your list who has “everything”? If Dad comes to mind, chances are good that he probably doesn’t have any pour-over coffee brewing gear. A cone dripper, goose-neck kettle, and paper filters would be a great starter gift.
If he is into pour-over coffee brewing, there is surely something you can find for him that he doesn’t have or that needs replacing. Some ideas are a goose-neck kettle, digital scale, burr coffee grinder, more filters, or even a fresh-roasted coffee bean subscription or gift certificate.
Gift budgeting made easy
Prices range from $8.50 for a Hario Coffee Dripper V60 to $900 for a La Pavoni Commercial Coffee Grinder, but generally, Burr Grinders range anywhere from $49 to $300. Gooseneck Kettles start at $29, a variable digital electric model will cost $99. Kitchen scales can go from $15 for a basic model to $40 for the Hario Digital Scale. Drip cone brewers can go for as little as $14 up to $45 for a Chemex brewer.
You know the situation; it’s a workday and you woke up late and now there’s not enough time to do a traditional pour over coffee, forget picking something up on the way to work, the lines are always too long! Wouldn’t it be nice to have an coffee brewer that made pour over coffee, and even better, automatically? Lo and behold! There are a few pour over coffee brewers available. They range in price from $180 to $570, and these brewers meet the SCAA Certified Home Brewer standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). So you know you’re not wasting your money.
Why bother with a brewer that specializes in the pour over coffee method? Besides being the best way to brew coffee, pour over coffee brewers offer a simple hassle-free way to brew pour over coffee. Since they are automatic, you just set it at night and wake up to a fresh cup of pour over coffee. What could beat that? Other than a personal valet who makes pour over coffee for you, nothing obviously.
Note: While Starbucks Clover® Brewing System is not a pour-over method, it is worthy of review here.
Visit a Starbucks and ask for pour-over coffee brew and you might be asked if you’ve heard of Clover (they are perfectly willing to make a pour-over for you). To the uninitiated, that might not even make sense, “Clover what?”. But give it a try, you’ll be happily surprised because the Clover Brewing System is an amazing thing.
I have never been Starbucks hater. I used to buy cappuccinos back in the eighties in the Pike Place Market. My experience walking into any independant coffee shop is not a guarantee of a quality cup. Starbucks for all its faults has stringent standards that all baristas must follow. And they now offer small batch coffees. (A review of some of the Reserve Coffees are forthcoming, stay tuned.)
Forget french press, take a break from drip and save pour-over for home.
My Barista humbly offered Clover and asked what type of bean I preferred, I chose the Sun Dried Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. It was ground and placed into an opening on the top of the Clover machine. The piston-like hopper lowered, a preset amount of water, at the correct temperature, poured on top of the grounds, then he gave it a stir. After about a minute of steeping the plunger came up creating a vacuum that drew the brew down and into my waiting cup. My initial thoughts were that it was quite nice tasting, and with no sediment, almost silky. I even had it black so as not to influence the taste in anyway. I am going to be ordering Clover instead of drip next time I visit Starbucks.
How it works
It’s not really a press, and it’s not pour-over. It’s a unique system combining a plunger and a vacuum. The Clover is a very expensive machine and only widely available at Starbucks but supposedly Ritual Coffee has a couple machines.
Here’s a video of the Starbucks Clover Brewing System:
Next time you’re at a Starbucks that has the Clover Brewing System, give it a try.
Now you can take a Hario V60 dripper anywhere, from Mount Kilimanjaro to a luxury hotel on Park Avenue, or even your own back yard. While brewing pour-over coffee is possible when you travel, if you use a class or ceramic Hario V60 dripper, breakage can be an issue. Hario makes a resin V60 Dripper, but it can also crack or break in transit. Enter the metal V60 dripper, durable and lightweight, perfect for packing.
Hario V60 Metal Dripper is easy to take care of
The Hario V60 Metal Dripper is constructed of lightweight stainless steel, available in 3 colors, bronze, silver or black. With a removable silicon base for easy cleaning or packing. You’ll never have to worry about the perfect cup of pour-over coffee when you travel. And with the minimalistic design, the perfect object d’art for the kitchen.
Where to find the Hario V60 Metal Dripper
The Hario V60 Metal Dripper is available at many gourmet and specialty kitchen houseware stores and also available from Amazon, Primo Coffee and other online retailers.
The fight was on. Which would prevail in a ceramic vs plastic coffee dripper tête à tête? But before the battle could commence, the TKO went to plastic! If you’re clumsy at all, a ceramic coffee dripper will not last very long. This beautiful Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper lasted exactly two days. While the steadfast 20+ year-old Melitta dripper survived to fight another day…until the replacement arrives.
The comparison was meant to pit the Melitta plastic coffee dripper
against a similar style ceramic dripper. POCW labs has a resin Hario V60, but the test would not have been accurate as the two drippers are vastly different in extracting method.
So while the ceramic filters available run a range of quality and style, plastic/resin drippers are limited to a couple of choices.
A call-out to Bee House, Bonmac and others.
Make resin versions of your ceramic coffee drippers!Hario has a very nice resin version of its V60 coffee dripper. While Clever Coffee makes a nice resin coffee dripper, it differs in method, by holding and steeping the coffee until the valve is released, it can’t be used for this comparison.
Ceramic vs Plastic Coffee Dripper
So which coffee dripper really won? Had the contest taken place, certainly the ceramic would have prevailed, as ceramic is like class, the glaze used on ceramic is actually glass, and would be 100% inert with the coffee in the pour-over extraction. While the Melitta is the granddaddy of pour-over there are better materials available that could be used in manufacture.
The winner is…
In the ceramic vs coffee dripper contest and despite the glaring flaw of being extremely fragile, ceramic wins! We were able to brew a couple of cups of pour-over coffee. We felt that we were drinking coffee pure and simple. Sorry plastic. Back to the cupboard with you. Well, at least, until your replacement arrives. We at Pour Over Coffee World are waiting for resin versions of their ceramic coffee drippers to do conduct a true head-to-head.
Not by a long shot. I started with Yuban as a teen, kept a jar of instant coffee in my locker, never quite loving it other than the caffeine. Until my truly awakening moment, a pour-over made by my late mother.
I’ve tried many coffee brewing methods over the years, stovetop espresso, french press, drip coffee makers, but the only one that I have consistently used is the pour-over cone drip method.
Why? It’s the only technique that has consistently given me the best results.
Now my quest is to prefect the pour-over, and the reason for this site.
French Press produced too much silt and i think makes the coffee taste muddy, most of my coffee aficionado friends will disagree, but that’s my opinion based on what I like.
Stovetop espresso is also ended up muddy, and more than a few times I managed to overheat it. I liked the creama but it’s always obliterated by the water spraying out of the nozzle. I still end up with a cup ‘o mud that I so despise.
I dont need to say anything about machines. although there are some interesting looking pour over machines, I will have to I’ll discuss at a future date, provided I can get my hands on some demo units.