At first taste, the AeroPress was it – good coffee ☕️, fast 🚀, portable (take it to work 💼, take it up a mountain 🏔, take it to your friend’s house if their coffee isn’t up to scratch 🙅♂️) – and the coffee seemed to taste that little bit better just because it was so easy. It has that head-turning appeal that made people say “oh what’s that you’re making?” and worked quickly enough to allow you to brew them a cup and enjoy the subsequent smile on their face.
But the more you try, the more you know.
So, try a Hario V60 Dripper.
The Hario V60 is NOT an AeroPress coffee maker.
It’s not so robust – the plastic version isn’t as tough as the AeroPress, and the ceramic version isn’t the best thing to have in your backpack).
It’s not as quick – although if you value speed over flavour, it’s not slow.
It’s not so portable (the design of the AeroPress means you can put a few things inside it – filters, small bag of coffee) when it’s closed up – handy for any sort of travel.
The Hario V60 is different – and that’s a good thing.
1. Maybe, just maybe, coffee is worth taking a little bit of time over
The world can be an impatient place, so taking a few minutes to make something you like 🖤 is a sign of your enjoyment. You can really get into it. You get to breathe in more of its smell. Mmm!
2. The taste is better
Taste is subjective. I like it, she likes it, you don’t like it, he likes it, etc. Does the AeroPress make worse tasting coffee than the V60? Well, okay, it’s hard to say — but at this moment in time, it seems like the V60 is nicer. Why? Maybe it’s the longer brew time, the filtration, ambient factors (where you are when it’s made).
3. It’s easier to make coffee with the Hario V60!
Easier? Making coffee with the AeroPress is really easy. Really easy! How can something be easier? Physics. With the AeroPress, you have to push to get the coffee out. With the V60, there’s NO PRESSURE. You just pour over the hot water for a short while. Are you okay to pour?
4. It’s less gadget-y and more…elegant?
Come on, it is.
5. The Hario thing & extensibility
There are accessories. We don’t advocate needless additions to make something bigger. We’re not looking for all of the autobots to combine to make Optimus Prime.
Maybe we want to measure the right amount of coffee. Hario do scales.
Maybe we want to use a swan-neck kettle, for precision. Hario do pourover kettles.
Maybe we want to use a server so we can make coffee for more than one person, or pour multiple cups. Hario do servers.
6. You can take it anywhere (yes, we know)
You can take the AeroPress anywhere – anywhere – there was a video a few years ago of someone making an AeroPress in a hot air balloon or something. That’s cool. How good does coffee taste in a hot air balloon? I don’t know. How good can it taste? I don’t know, but…probably it’d taste very nice.
The thing is about being able to take the AeroPress anywhere is this – you can take anything anywhere. Anything. If you really want to take your V60 up a mountain then you can. Here’s how:
- Pack the V60 into something protective, like a bag.
- Pack a flask of hot water, or a Jet Boil (or similar) and some cold water.
- Make sure the flask has a cup, or that you have a cup if you’re going to do the Jet Boil (or similar) thing.
- Take some filters. Take some coffee.
- Go up a mountain.
Okay so it’s not as tough as an AeroPress (well, the plastic version isn’t as tough, and the ceramic version is…ceramic), but if you really want to then you can take it on whatever trip you want.
This is how we do it:
Mountain walking/hiking, water activities, staying in a tent? AeroPress.
Staying in a hotel, guest house, lodge, Air B n B, camping pod, yurt, glamping, etc? Hario V60
Make your own rules!
Hey, you know what? The AeroPress is great, really great.
But the V60? It’s different ✨.
7. It’s easier to clean up
Put the filter in the bin, rinse the v60. Done.
The AeroPress can require a wipe, and sometimes the coffee sticks to the plunger meaning it needs a slightly more thorough clean. Are we being picky? Yep. Are we comparing two great coffee products and looking for marginal gains? Yep.
8. It’s cheaper, in a few different ways
The V60 starts at around £8/£5. You don’t have to use Hario’s own filters, other filters are suitable, and cheaper.
The AeroPress starts a bit higher, and unless you use a metal filter (where you may see mixed results), you have to use microfilters, which aren’t expensive but there’s no cheaper alternative.
Touching on point #4 (“It’s less gadget-y and more…elegant? Come on, it is.”), I was going to write that it’s more ‘instagram-able’ or ‘it makes you look better’, but that’d be daft. It makes you look like you know what you’re doing (especially if you do), and it does look nicer at every stage of its usage. Even the scoop is more attractive. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This one’s kind of a minor point.
Not convinced? Try the Hario V60 and find out!
Convinced? Try the Hario V60!