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OXO BREW Pour-over Coffee Maker Review

OXO’s BREW Pour-over Coffee Maker: Not a perfect pour-over coffee brewer, but pretty good for hands-off brewing and everyday use.

We purchased the OXO Brew Single Serve Drip Brewer several weeks back. Rather than rush to review it, we chose to use it exclusively for pour-over drip brewing instead of the other drip brewers we have before writing this review. It was not provided for review by OXO.

The OXO BREW Single Serve Drip Brewer offers a couple advantages over the traditional pour-over brewing technique. You can simply fill the tank with the amount of water you want, or you can use a digital scale (strongly recommended). If you don’t have a scale, just use the marked measurements, in OZ or ML, on the side the of the tank. The box includes an instruction card with a chart for different brew strengths.oxo-brew single serve pour-over coffee world

How the OXO Brew Single Serve Drip Brewer works

Fill the auto-drip water tank with hot water, using the measurement markings on the side of the tank, to the desired amount. Inside the tank there are several tiny holes that slowly drip the water into the grounds, which steeps as it passes through the coffee. Pretty basic.

The Taste

We didn’t find a huge difference with the coffee extraction from the OXO Brew Single Serve Drip Brewer versus traditional pour-over brewing. Although we did notice that you can’t really get a good bloom. We discovered that by pouring some water directly into the grounds we could get a bloom, replacing the auto-drip tank and completing the pour to the desired quality. This seemed to solve that problem. The Brewer can’t mimic the gradual pouring method used for pour-over, but it controls the drip to keep the grounds soaked, and works nearly as well.

Our Recommendation

The OXO BREW is a must-have for any coffee aficionado, maybe not as a primary brewer*, but if you’re short on time, or simply can’t be bothered to manually brew pour-over coffee everyday, you could benefit from the OXO BREW. The OXO Brew Single Serve Drip Brewer is a great alternative to an expensive Automatic Pour-over Coffee Machine, or any type of coffee machine for that matter. You’ll still get a great tasting cup of pour-over coffee.

*If there are times that you want do go full manual pour-over coffee, you can skip the tank and manually brew your pour-over coffee using the dripper only, works just as well as any drip brewer.

BONUS: The lid doubles as a drip tray for the dripper.

OXO BREW – Pour Over Coffee Maker


OXO pour over coffee brewer

Check out the OXO BREW Pour-over Coffee Maker!

OXO BREW Pour Over Coffee Maker is a new concept to pour-over coffee brewing, by designing a water tank that you fill all at once which then precisely drips onto the coffee grounds in the dripper below. If you love pour-over coffee, but sometimes don’t have time to sit and pour water in stages over several minutes, then this is a great solution. It replaces the need to invest in a typical coffee brewing machine, or worse, a pod system. We have been trying it out for a couple weeks, and so far, very satisfied. The materials are durable high-quality plastic. And an easy to learn method makes the OXO BREW a snap to master.

The brewer takes the Melitta type #2 paper filter, but it is ok to use the #4’s as well.

Full review coming soon.

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Boiling Point of Water for Pour-over Coffee Brewing

202°F is the best boiling point of water for Pour-over Coffee brewing.

Depending on elevation (barometric pressure), water boils at different temperatures. The higher in elevation you are, the lower in temperature water boils; At one atmosphere (sea level) the boiling point of water is 212°F or 100°C. Often you’ll hear that the best water temperature for brewing pour-over coffee is “just off the boil”, but depending on elevation, that boiling point would be different, which is not really optimal for pour-over coffee extraction. Boiling point of water for Ppour-over coffee brewing should be 202°F, not 211°F-203°F.

According this TEDxCoeurdalene video of a talk by Scott Yost, of DOMA Coffee, 202° is the perfect temperature for pour-over coffee extraction. Since seeing that video a couple years ago, we’ve been setting our Bonavita Automatic Kettle at 202°, which seems to be producing the best extractions. After a recent trip we found ourselves at over 6,000 feet above sea level, the water was boiling at around 202° so we were technically using boiling water on the coffee. The water temperature, while boiling, was still 202°. The main thing is that the water shouldn’t be hotter than 202°.

Just off the boil is misleading if you really want the best extraction. Accurate temperature readings combined with a proper coffee grind will work the best for pour-over coffee. But you’ll need some way for accurate temperature gauging. A good kitchen thermometer or a kettle that you can set the temperature with, will provide the accuracy you’ll need for the best cup of pour-over coffee.

For the best pour-over coffee brewing results:

  1. Correct Water Temperature
  2. Properly Ground Coffee

Happy brewing!

Guide: Choosing the Right Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

So you want great pour-over coffee? Invest in a conical burr coffee grinder.

If you already have a pour-over coffee cone dripper, a goose-neck kettle and well-sourced artisan roasted beans and your pour-over is still not what you expect, maybe it’s time to invest in a conical burr coffee grinder. Pour-over coffee brewing is a simple, relatively economical way to get the best cup of coffee but you need the right equipment and method to get the best results.

Improperly ground coffee can produce a bad tasting cup of coffee. If the grounds are too course, the flavors will not release well enough and the brewed coffee will be watery and bland tasting. If the grind is too fine, the coffee will taste bitter. Check out this guide on the different grinds.

Perfect pour-over coffee is a lot about the grind

If you’re committed to pour-over coffee, buying a conical burr coffee grinder is going to take your brewing to the next level.

With so many choices among conical burr coffee grinders, your decision criteria should be:

  • Price
  • Brand
  • Quality
  • Customer reviews
  • Personal recommendation

Prices will range from $50 to over $900.

Hario V60 Drip Scale Review 2 Years Later

The Hario V60 Drip Scale is the perfect digital scale for pour-over coffee brewing.

Hario V60 Drip ScaleUPDATE: We reviewed the Hario V60 Drip Scale 2 years ago. This is an update.

After multiple daily uses, this scale is still going strong. Everything works as if it was just purchased. One notable item to mention is this: do not let the liquids run over the brim (overfill) of your cup. The liquid will get inside the scale and make it stop working. Aside from accidently over filing the dripper, we found that occasionally a suction formed around the rubber collar and the cone of the Metal Hario V60 Dripper, and caused the coffee to run down the side of the cup and into the scale. If coffee gets inside your scale, don’t panic, remove the batteries, pour out any liquid got inside the scale and place, on end, in a sunny window to evaporate the coffee from the scale. Take care to be certain it’s 100% dry before replacing the batteries and using again. After every flooding event, and following the remedy,  Hario V60 Digital Scale worked perfectly. This is not to suggest that you should make a habit of such acts of carelessness, take care of your digital scale. We still love our Hario V60 Digital Scale! Buy now from Amazon.com >>>

Original Hario V60 Drip Scale post:

Pour Over Coffee World Hario V60 Drip ScaleAfter going cheap and trying a standard kitchen scale it became apparent it was fairly useless for accurate pour-over coffee brewing. Why? The one we tested shut off after two minutes, the proper brew time for pour-over coffee is at least 3 minutes. The second issue is the lack of a timer. When brewing pour-over coffee you need to time the bloom and then the remaining pour. Hario V60 Drip Scale has a built-in timer which is pretty handy for the groggy mind in the wee hours.

Hario V60 Drip Scale is easy to use

Pour Over Coffee World Hario V60 Drip ScaleAfter unboxing you’ll find the unit compact and well designed. It was refreshing to see the controls simple and easy to press. The scale uses the metric system, measuring to the 1/10 of a gram if needed, an extra push of the ON/OFF TARE button was needed.

Place your cup or carafe and Hario V60 Dripper with a moistened filter on the scale then press TARE button until it reads zero. Add freshly ground coffee to desired measurement, usually 24g. Press TARE again. Bloom coffee with 30-60g of hot water, start timer, bloom for around one minute. The add water in increments for 3 minutes totaling 385g.

Minimalist design

Pour Over Coffee World Hario V60 Drip ScaleWe thought the Hario V60 Drip Scale was a sharp-looking device. Kudos to Hario’s industrial design team and general aesthetic. The construction is plastic and the finish is flat black. Stains will show, but wipe off easily.

The unit is compact, light-weight and easy to handle. We found it felt a bit on the light side after using a heavier kitchen model.

The display is a typical LED, no back light though, we don’t know if this is a problem, figuring that not many people brew pour-over coffee in the dark, but maybe people with vision issues will find it difficult to read.

On the back is a wall hanging hole for wall storage. The plastic will scratch when finding the hook with hole, as we regrettably found out. So be careful.

Conclusion

Pour Over Coffee World Hario V60 Drip ScaleWe are very happy with the Hario V60 Drip Scale, with only one regret: that we didn’t get one sooner! Pour-over Coffee World gives the Hario V60 Drip Scale 4 1/2 stars. Buy one now. A great Father’s Day gift idea.

 

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Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee GrinderIf you’re shopping for a Conical Burr Coffee Grinder choosing the right one can be daunting; there are a lot of choices from a large number of manufacturers, and prices can range from the $90 to $900. Some conical coffee grinders are better for different kinds of coffee grinds. A drip brewer needs a courser grind than an LaMarzocco Espresso machine does. While consistent grain size is important for any coffee preparation, pour-over coffee extraction is key to getting the right flavors. To achieve the best tasting coffee you need a coffee grain that is the correct and consistent size you set your grinder to. For pour over coffee brewing the Baratza Encore will give you the grind that will extract the flavors you desire from your fresh roasted coffee.

The Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder the prefect choice for the pour-over coffee brewer.

At a price of $129 this is the perfect grinder for the pour-over coffee enthusiast. It offers the features, at a fair price point, that you’re looking for.

Baratza Encore Features:

  • Uses a combination of gear and electronic speed reduction
  • Burr rotation of 450 rpm reduces heat, noise, and static generation
  • Removable cleanable or replaceable 40 mm conical burrs
  • With 40 preset grind settings, it is also user calibratable
  • Grind range is from 250 to 1200 microns
  • Minimizes leftover grounds for freshness
  • Powerful, high torque DC motor
  • Gearbox with improved strength and durability of the drive transmission
  • Easy On/Off switch

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There are other good Conical Burr grinders in this price range as well. While researching before buying is a good best practice, the Baratza Encore is a great choice.

Hario V60 vs Kalita Wave Coffee Dripper

Kalita 185 vs Hario V60 pour over coffee drippers
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.

pourover-coffee-world-kalita185-basketThe 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!

pourover-coffee-world-kalita185-dripsCoffee 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.

Conclusion

pourover-coffee-world-kalita-wave185-boxKalita 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:

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Water to Coffee Ratio for Pour-over Coffee Brewing

Water to Coffee Ratio for Pour-over Coffee Brewing

Use a 16:1 Water to Coffee

Always start with good fresh-roasted coffee and filtered water; successful pour-over coffee brewing comes down to ratios. For pour-over coffee brewing water to coffee ratio a general rule of thumb is 16 parts (grams) water to 1 part (grams) coffee. To measure and brew properly you need a good scale. While most digital kitchen scales will do the trick, it’s worth considering an investment  in a Hario Drip Scale/Timer, it’s designed especially for pour-over and is very easy to use. More information on the Hario Drip scale here.

Some of the water will be absorbed in the grounds and will not end up in your cup, the ratio compensates for that, ergo, 300 grams of water will not equal 300 grams in your cup. It’s hard to calculate the actual yield, which depends on the amount of coffee grounds used.

Once you have the scale you can accurately measure and brew your pour-over coffee. Feel free to experiment on the ratios to adjust for your taste. Enjoy!