Hario Coffee Dripper and Stand
- March 2015
- Simple Life
I love things that are simple, well made and do the job perfectly. Somehow a nice coffee maker always makes you happy every time you use it 🙂 The Hario Coffee Dripper and Stand are Japanese made (naturally), sturdy, lovely and elegantly practical. I’ve always had a firm policy that any coffee maker I own should not have a plug and should be equally at home on a picnic table or a tailgate as in a kitchen.
I’ve gone through different coffee phases, and for many years was firmly attached to my stovetop espresso maker. I don’t drink coffee all the time right now, and recently when I do I’ve been enjoying drip coffee. I’m also drinking decaf since my infrequent coffee consumption is making me more sensitive to caffeine (did you know decaf still has caffeine?!), and the Peet’s House Blend Decaf is pretty darn good. I do have the classic plastic dripper that you put a filter into, but I prefer to avoid mixing hot liquids and plastic and never really liked using it. I also have a very nice cloth filter with a handle (definitely the ticket for expeditions), which I love for a lot of reasons. But my boyfriend complained that he had been turned into a human coffeemaker since someone does have to hold it over the cup while it drips and it was preventing him from breakfast multi-tasking. I’d seen the ceramic drip cones, but ceramic and tile floors or slickrock have just never seemed like a good match, and pretty tricky for roadtrip kitchen storage.
So I discovered this metal coffee dripper, with a coffee stand. I had never seen a setup quite like this before, and after a few weeks of use it has become a pretty cherished item in the kitchen! If you put the dripper in the stand, you pull off the rubber gasket on the bottom. If you take it with you on a roadtrip, the large rubber skirt on the bottom allows it to sit on top of a cup. Since it does sit on top of a cup, you really don’t “need” the stand, however there is the potential for a spill and ensuing coffee disaster, especially with a tall metal cup that is more tippy. So for home use, I really appreciate the stand. On the back of a tailgate, a coffee tip is pretty terrible too, but at least you don’t have to wash the floor. They do have special filters that are cone shaped (which I did buy since I was ordering the other stuff anyway), but you can buy the regular ones from the grocery store and crease them to get the point.
One tip: when you put the coffee in the filter, first pour just enough hot water over the grounds to wet them (make sure the cup is underneath already). Wait for 30 seconds before pouring the rest of the water over them. This makes the coffee taste stronger and richer 🙂
If you’re looking for a perfect drip filter setup, I think this one is an all thumbs up!