Coffee is a costly hobby. If you’re anything like me, you’ve at some point totaled the amount of money you spend each week on coffee at a cafe and then panicked. You decree that action is necessary and research homemade coffee options. Here’s where everything falls apart: Espresso machines are expensive. You decide it would be foolish to spend more than $500 in an effort to save money, so you walk to your local coffee shop to purchase your second Americano of the day.
Like me, you probably have a few friends who fit this description.
This is not required. The Hario V60 coffee dripper is a simple and inexpensive way to give the gift of homemade coffee. The V60 dripper, which costs less than $10, and some filter papers, which cost even less, are all you need to get started.
This is significantly less expensive than homemade espresso options. Regarding filter coffee, the V60’s rival is the traditional French Press. But in my opinion, V60s produce superior coffee. A portion of this is subjective: You may or may not prefer the V60 pour-over coffee’s thinner consistency. The clear advantage, however, is that French press coffee produces sediment at the bottom of the glass. V60 coffee eliminates the need for such a hassle. Nobody has time for that nonsense.
The plastic V60 coffee dripper from Hario costs approximately $9, or you can splurge on a slightly larger model for $13. (thus better for pouring multiple brews). There are more elaborate metallic and ceramic options available, but these improvements are primarily cosmetic. Even so, they are not prohibitively expensive (approximately $22 for a ceramic V60 and closer to $40 for a metallic one).