Since the 1990s, higher-quality coffee has become more accessible, and with it, several methods of preparing the perfect brew. The Hario Drip Pot is a perfect example.
Our team at Roasty Coffee had the chance to try out this innovative coffee maker, and if you’d like some extra insight into whether The Hario Drip Pot is worth buying, keep reading below for our full review!
A Quick Look at the Hario Woodneck Drip Pot
The Hario Woodneck Drip Pot is basically a crossover between a regular drip coffee maker and a French press. Like a French press, this method retains the coffee oils that add to the body and flavor of your drink.
The carafe is made of somewhat thin glass, and the neck, as the name states, is made of wood.
The filters are made of reusable flannel cloths, and this set comes with three filters originally (though you can always purchase more!).
The filter holder is made of lightweight stainless steel and also has a natural wood handle, and the decorative strap around the neck is leather.
Things We Like
- Beautiful appearance made with high-quality materials
- Reusable cloth filters
- Yields full-body flavor
- Informative instructions
Room For Improvement
- Takes time to prepare
- Doesn’t hold a lot of coffee
- Thin, fragile glass
How To Use the Hario Woodneck Drip Pot
Hario’s Woodneck drip pot has several steps for brewing a cup of coffee, as outlined in their instructional video. Let’s go over the steps below:
Boil a new filter to clean it, and soak it in cold water to cool it down. Wring out the excess water and attach it to the holder through the opening at the hem.
Once the cloth is in place with the raised fiber side facing out, the holder’s wires hook onto each other and lock into place.
When you set the filter in the pot, pour hot water into the carafe to prepare and preheat the filter. Dump the water and drain any excess moisture from the cloth.
Put the filter back in the carafe and pour the appropriate amount of coffee grounds into it.
Lightly tap the filter holder’s sides to even out the coffee grounds. Starting from the center and moving outward, pour some hot water to steam the grounds.
Next, let it sit for 30 seconds.
Pour the hot water and fill the carafe. When the coffee stops dripping, it’s ready to drink.
Soak the filter in boiling water once again and then store it, wet, in the refrigerator. Now that it’s all cleaned up, pour yourself a cup of coffee!
Features and Benefits
Classic and Organic Style
Hario often makes visually appealing products, and the Woodneck Drip Pot is no exception.
The glass body is a pleasing shape that’s easy to hold, and the style of the neck, handle, leather strap, and cloth filters all give it a warm and earthy feel.
The glass is quite thin, so the pot must be handled with care. However, the wooden neck does offer some structure and fortification.
Overall, it’s a beautiful piece that you can display with pride between uses and would fit nicely into a rustic or cottage-style kitchen!
Two Size Options
This pot comes in either a 240ml size or a 480ml size. This roughly translates to either having a single serving or two servings for each round you prepare. Remember to portion out your grams of coffee to grams of water ratio!
We suggest starting with a 1:15 ratio. For a single serving, that would look like 21-23 grams of grounds with 315-345 grams of water.
The Hario drip pot’s cloth filter feature is one of its unique offerings. Although the pot can be used with paper filters, you can also skip the grocery store and pick a reusable basket-like cloth option instead.
Besides the cloth filters improving the coffee’s flavor, they are also an economically-friendly method of filtering coffee.
Convenient Filter Holder
The stainless steel wire and wooden handle holder allow you to easily remove the coffee grounds from the carafe. The filter comes off the holder and then can be cleaned and stored.
The resulting flavor from this pot is akin to a French press, as it maintains the coffee’s natural oils that are responsible for giving it a deeper flavor. However, because it’s still a drip pot, it takes a bit longer than a French press.
Compared to other pour-over devices, the Hario still has a very full-bodied taste, much like the Chemex, but it also has the rich and smooth elements of a French Press.
This pot can be cleaned using standard handwashing methods.
However, the cloth filters need to be boiled in a pot of water before their use and boiled afterward for sterilization. Don’t let the filter dry out, as this affects the flavor of the coffee.
After the cloth is boiled and cleaned after use, it can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealable plastic bag while it’s still wet.
Ultimately, the Hario Drip Pot makes good coffee!
There are a few more steps and some attentiveness required to use it properly, especially compared to other pour-over devices, but the resulting taste and richness of the brew make the extra time worth it.
Of course, this style of coffee maker isn’t for everyone. If you’re under a time constraint in the mornings, you might prefer other pour-over coffee makers that have a quicker process.
Overall, the Hario Woodneck Drip Pot delivers high-quality brews with only a little extra fuss. If you enjoy spending extra time to get a perfect cup of coffee, then this drip pot is perfect for you!
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