New paper filter system is a legitimate and pioneer upgrade.
A beauty to these eyes--looks so good, it practically sweetens the coffee :o)
Hario's glassware is chemically second to none.
Hario's top siphon.
Negative Product Points
Hario's most expen$ive vacpot.
Alcohol wickless lamp isn't as strong as I'd like, especially for the 5 cup model.
The plastic serving handle may be frivolous.
A great vacpot.
Hario's most "evolved" design, built in with some new features including redesigned upper and lower chambers, a pioneer paper filter set, a handle on the lower bowl for serving, and a wickless spirit lamp.
The upper cylinder widens out around the bottom and angled less steeply than the technica series. Although the widening around the bottom may help the coffee/water contact/mix, I think they really redesigned it for aesthetics.
The lower cylinder has a plastic serving handle and a wider, more rounded mouth. The rounded mouth is for cleaner pouring, and does so quite well.
The paper filter set is great totally pionneer. Unlike the cloth filer set, the paper filter set has an extension on TOP, which makes it really easy to load and lock. You can leave used coffee grinds in your upper cylinder for days (lazy people UNITE) without having to worry about your cloth filter getting ruined. Face it, taking care of a cloth filter is disgusting. Once I got used to the paper filter set, I refuse to use any of my cloth filters. YUCK. Cloth sucks. Variable tastes. Who wants to boil cloth filters? NOT ME.
The handle on the bottom decanter allows for an easier pour. I'd have prefered a stouter handle, as this one feels a little flimsy for me. Perfect fit for a female, methinks.
This is a top of the line vacpot from an great glassware company.
All Hario products have served me exceedingly well. I will continue to pay a premium for their superior glassware.
If you can shell out an additional 42 bux, buy the butane burner--no alcohol smell, and the BLUE FLAME of butane is hotter than *any* spirit flame. Faster, cleaner, safer, better looking and ODORLESS.