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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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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Pour Over Coffee Brewer

Pour Over Coffee 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.

So check out our Pour Over Coffee Brewers buying guide.

Hario V60 Drip Scale Review

Hario V60 Drip Scale Review

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

 

UPDATE: We reviewed the Hario V60 Drip Scale 3 years ago. This is an update.

After daily multiple 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 of your cup. The liquid will get inside the scale and make it stop working. 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 he cup and into the scale. But 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. This happened several times and every time the Hario V60 Digital Scale worked perfectly. This is not to suggest that you should make a habit of this act of carelessness, take care of your digital scale.

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.

Pour Over Coffee World Hario V60 Drip ScaleOn 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

We 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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