ofb11 Senior Member Joined: 1 Jun 2014 Posts: 5 Location: dallas Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Jun 1, 2014, 9:04pm Subject: Just got a Melitta 6 cup pour over. Should I get a Kalita, Chemex or V60 next
Hi Guys, I am new to the forum. I just started using my new and very in-expensive Melitta 6 cup pour over. I will experiment more with grinds when the new conical grinder comes in tomorrow. How does the Kalita Wave compare to my Melitta as they both have a basket based pour over system. It seems like people generally like the Kalita better than the v60 or chemex. I wanted to hear some input as I am debating on which other pour over system I should add to my coffee illness. Also, should I bother adding another pour over option or will the Melitta be just as good as the other options.
z0mbie Senior Member Joined: 26 Sep 2013 Posts: 374 Location: Online Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Mon Jun 2, 2014, 11:05am Subject: Should I get a Kalita, Chemex or V60 next
Hi. . Welcome to the forum.
Given the relatively low entry cost of pourover brewing, I recommend trying the Chemex and Kalita Wave next. Along with the Melitta, these three make up the biggest ddifferences between each other. I also have Hario V60 and Beehive and did not see a significant difference between them and the Melitta. Of course there will always be someone here that will argue the differences but if there are, they were far too subtle for me to notice.
Keep in mind that the core brewing variables--those being bean quality, water quality, grind characteristics, brew ratios and temperature--are the greatest influencers of the brew, and they trump all differences introduced by the drip brew device, by a very large margin.
What the brew device influences is largely in the paired filter medium. As to the funnel design, they play a far smaller role (if at all, at least in my experience). You can use the V60 filters in your Melitta. Just fold it as you would your Melitta filters. I found the filter medium influences mouth feel (ie. 'body') more than anything else.
Of course the all of the other funnels are just as inexpensive so if you want to decide for yourself how different they are by all means try. Nothing more accurate than trying things for yourself, I always say. ..:)
Jaxx2112 Senior Member Joined: 28 May 2014 Posts: 12 Location: PHL Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed Jun 4, 2014, 12:23am Subject: Re: Should I get a Kalita, Chemex or V60 next
A little late to the party, but of the three, i would say Kalita Wave or Chemex over the V-60. While the V-60 has a higher barista skill-cap on it, i think the Kalita Wave is more consistent and forgiving, and yields a similar cup (more oils than a Chemex, but still relatively clean in the cup). On the other hand, as you already have a Melita, the Chemex might be the bigger change taste-wise, as the filters really make for a nice and crisp cup. Do you have any Cafe's nearby that you could compare the two brew methods? As far as prep goes, both are the same, and will need a very steady hand (or better yet, a pouring kettle). Filters on the Wave are a little pricier than the Hario or the Chemex, so that's something to keep in mind.
After owning all three (Plastic V60-02, Ceramic Wave 185 & 6 Cup Chemex), i would say that i prefer the Wave the most, but some coffees definitely perform better in a Chemex. From a functional art standpoint (if that matters at all), the Chemex is the clear winner, but just remember that it's fragile.
Are you planning on doing more than 1/2 cups at a time? If so, the Chemex is the clear winner by a long shot. With the V-60 or Wave you'll need a range server (which adds to the price of things).
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