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If you like your Pour-Over but don’t like the hassle of brewing with paper filters, may it be the fact that you have to keep buying them, or have to first clean them before brewing, there’s another way to do pour-over without the use paper filters.

How To Brew Pour Over without a Paper Filter?

You can use a paperless pour over coffee dripper if you’d like to get rid of paper filters.  A Paperless (or No-filter) coffee dripper uses an ultra fine, mesh stainless steel filter instead of paper filters. You’ll add your coffee ground directly into the stainless steel filter and start your brewing process. Because the stainless steel filter is very fine, while the coffee ground is coarse, the coffee ground will not go through it, just like with paper filters.

Best Rated Paperless Pour Over Coffee Drippers:

Hario Paperless Coffee Dripper:

Hario Paperless Coffee Dripper

  • Cone dripper with reusable fine stainless steel filter.
  • Size #2, makes 1 to 4 cups of coffee.
  • Includes a base to allow it to sit over a cup or a carafe.
  • Dripper has plastic construction.
  • Available in different colors.

Click here to learn more about the Hario Paperless Dripper, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Java Maestro Paperless Stainless Steel Coffee Dripper:

Java Maestro Paperless Coffee Dripper

  • Precise, Laser cut ultra micro double mesh gets you a rich flavor with absolutely no grounds in your coffee.
  • Makes 1 – 2 cups of coffee
  • Non-slip stand is built into the dripper. It fits over most coffee mugs, cups, travel mugs and carafes.
  • Very easy to clean. Rinse with water by hand or place it in the dishwasher.
  • Includes a free coffee scoop with built-in bag clip, adding more value to your purchase.
  • 100%  BPA (plastic) free.
  • Makes a great gift set for any coffee aficionado

Click here to learn more about the Java Maestro Paperless Dripper, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Osaka Pour-Over Dripper with Wood Stand:

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This beautiful design of a pour-over dripper is perfect for anyone looking to brew a carafe instead of a single cup. The Osaka Pour-over set includes a stainless steel cone filter, a glass carafe with a wooden handle and a stand with a wood base that matches the handle. Available in 3 wood types: natural, mahogany and black.

Click here to learn more about the Osaka Pour Over Wood Series Set, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Grosche Stainless Steel Coffee Dripper:

GROSCHE Ultramesh Ultra Fine 18_8 Stainless steel Micro Filter Pour Over Coffee Dripper

  • Stainless steel with ultra fine mesh filter.
  • Can be used over a cup, mug, pot or beaker.
  • Makes 1 to 2 cups of coffee.
  • Features non-slip grip on the bottom.
  • Purchase of this product provides 5 days of clean water for someone in need through the GROSCHE SAFE WATER PROJECT (more info here)

Click here to learn more about the Grosche Paperless Dripper, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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KitchenAid KCM0802CU Pour Over Coffee Brewer

KitchenAid’s automated pour over coffee maker is one of the few SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) certified coffee makers. This coffee maker gives you the flavorsome cup of coffee that a pour-over makes with the convenience of an automatic coffee maker.

Features of KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker:

  • Fully automatic and programmable coffee maker.
  • 8 Cup capacity.
  • Mimics the method of manual pour-over brewing.
  • Progress bar on the LCD display shows you each step of the brewing process.
  • Advanced heating technology heats water up to 198°F -204°F at the top of the brewer to minimize heat loss while brewing.
  • Roast Selector option allows you to choose between Medium and Dark roast settings to bring out the best flavors of the roast you’re brewing.
  • Select from 2 to 8 cup brew.
  • Brew basket clip holds paper filters (size #4) and provides dosage recommendations.
  • Includes a glass carafe.
  • Available black, silver and red.

Click here to learn more about the KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer, Read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Need a grinder to go with your Kitchenaid pour-over brewer?

Check out our post on the Kitchenaid Burr Grinder and how it compares to the Breville Smart Grinder Pro. 

What’s The Difference Between an Pour Over Brewer and a Drip Coffee Maker?

Pour Over Coffee Stand

  • With drip coffee makers, the coffee is brewed by mixing hot water with the coffee ground, then the coffee basically starts dripping into the carafe.
  • Pour Over is a manual brewing method where hot water is slowly poured over the coffee ground. The coffee ground is usually coarse, so the water goes slowly through it. In Pour Over, it’s all about contact time between water and coffee ground, the slower your brew, the better. This results in a very crisp and flavorful cup of coffee.
  • Manual Pour Over usually requires more time than drip to prepare the coffee, so while it’s great, it’s not very convenient for someone who’s rushing out to work for example.
  • In an automated pour over brewer, the manual process is duplicated but automatically. The water in a pour over brewer is showered over the coffee ground, unlike traditional coffee makers that pour the water all at once.
  • An auto pour over maker gives you the convenience of automation with the aromatic and bold flavor of pour over.

Click here to learn more about the KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer, Read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Comparison:

Bonavita BV1900TS 8 Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe

Click here to read our comparison between Kitchenaid Pour Over vs. Bonavita.

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Common Questions About KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker:

– Can I Brew Less Than a Full Carafe (8 Cups)?

Yes, you can. While other automatic pour over brewers only brew a full carafe, the KitchenAid brewer has a cup selector feature that allows you to select from 2, 4, 6 or 8 cups. So even if your water reservoir has 8 cup of water, the brewer will only brew your selected numbers of cups.

– Can I Get the Brewer with an Insulated Stainless Steel Carafe?

Unfortunately, it is only available with a glass carafe.

– Is It Programmable?

It is 24hr programmable with auto start.

– Any Downsides to the KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker?

  • There are a few complaints from customers that the coffee doesn’t stay hot for too long after brewing even though the glass carafe sits on a hot warming plate. So we would recommend brewing only as many cups as you’d like to drink at a time.
  • There’s no pre-infusion or blooming process. In manual pour-over, this is an important step where you saturate the coffee ground with only enough water to wet it, this leads to de-gassing the coffee and produces a better brew. However, the coffee is still evenly saturated when brewing.
  • It is considerably large in size, so make sure you have enough space before buying it.

Other SCAA Certified Coffee Makers To Check Out:

 

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Kalita Wave

What Is Kalita Wave And What Makes It Different?

Kalita Wave is one of many pour-over coffee brewers that is preferred by fans of specialty coffee and manual coffee brewing. Available in two sizes and three type of materials (Ceramic, Glass or Stainless Steel), Kalita Wave offers something for everyone.

What differentiates Kalita Wave than other pour-over drippers is its design. Unlike other drippers, the Wave is flat-bottomed, which gives you a more even extraction of coffee.  It also uses a specially designed paper filter that reduces the contact between the brewing space and the dripper, giving you a fuller flavor.

Types of Kalita Wave Drippers:

Kalita Wave Materials

As we mentioned, the Kalita Wave dripper is available in three different types: ceramic, stainless steel and glass. Is there a difference between these three materials?

  • The first difference is aesthetics only. They all look pretty great but you could prefer one to another only based on looks.
  • There’s also heat-retention, the stainless steel supposedly keeps heat the most, followed by the ceramic then glass. But this does not affect the brewed coffee much.
  • Price wise, the glass is the cheapest, but also it’s the most fragile and needs to be handled with care. The stainless steel dripper should be the most efficient.

When it comes to performance and how they brew, all three models work exactly the same.

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Kalita Wave Sizes – #155 vs. #185:

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TitleKalita Wave Dripper 185 3-4 people for # 05033 (japan import)Kalita Wave Dripper 185 series glass [2-4] people for Black # 05039 (japan import)Kalita Wave series 185 Lotto [2-4 persons] # 02035 (japan import)
Feature Manufacturer's part number: # 05033
6.6 x width 11.5 x depth 13.8cm about height: size
Weight: 0.12Kg
capacity: 3 ~ 4 people for
Material: stainless
Size: holder (flange) / diameter about 105mm, height / about 83mm
Weight: about 116g
Material Material: Main body / heat-resistant glass, holder / polypropylene
Country of origin: Glass / China, holder / Japan
Use filter: Wave Filter 185 (# 22173)
Size: flange / diameter about 105mm, height / about 77mm Weight: about 333g Material Material: Ceramic (porcelain) Country of origin: Japan Use filter: Wave Filter 185 (# 22173)
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Kalita labels its sizes with #155 and #185. The #155 is suitable for 1 to 2 cups, while the #185 is suitable for 3 to 4 cups.

Kalita Wave Dripper 185 3-4 people

Click here to learn more about Kalita Wave Stainless Steel, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Kalita Wave series 185 Lotto

Click here to learn more about Kalita Wave Ceramic, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Kalita Wave Dripper 185 series glass

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Comparing Kalita Wave to Other Pour Over Drippers:

Kalita Wave vs. Hario V60:

Hario VDC-02W V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper

The Hario V60 is the most popular pour-over dripper out there. It’s been available for ages (probably why it’s the most popular), and has been tested, tried and loved by many. How is it different than the Kalita Wave?

Design:

  • Hario V60 using a smaller hole at the bottom, this is your typical design for a pour-over dripper.
  • The Wave uses a one-of-a-kind flat bottom that distributes and drips the coffee more evenly than other drippers.

Materials:

  • The Hario V60 is available in: ceramic, plastic, glass and metal, in many colors.
  • The Kalita Wave is available in glass, ceramic (available in few colors) or metal.

Sizes:

  • Hario V60 has sizes 1= 1 to 2 cups, 2= 1 to 4 cups and 3= 1 to 6 cups.
  • Wave: #155 for 1 to 2 cups and #185 for 3 to 4 cups.

Paper Filters:

  • Hario V60 can be used with any cone style paper filter and it’s not restricted to their own brand of filters.
  • The Wave uses their own filters which have their unique shape that contributes to the quality of coffee.

Serving Coffee Using Kalita Wave or Hario V60:

Both drippers fit over standard mugs and can brew directly into your cup. If you’re brewing for more than one cup, it is recommended that you brew over a serving pot, which is available for both Hario V60 and Kalita Wave (sold separately by each brand).

Click here to learn more about the Hario V60, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Kalita Wave vs. Clever Dripper:

Clever_In Use

Clever Dripper is actually slightly different than other Pour-over drippers, including Wave and Hario V60. It combines two methods of brewing: pour-over and immersion.

Brewing Method:

  • Clever Dripper: it looks like many drippers with its cone-shape, but the Clever is able to hold the coffee while it brews instead of going through right away. The coffee continues to steep (immersion) until you decide it’s time to stop. When you place the dripper over a mug or pot, it will start pouring the brewed coffee.
  • With the Kalita Wave, the coffee will start to pass through the dripper as you pour in water.

Sizes:

  • Clever is available in two sizes: Small and Large.

Material:

  • The Clever is available in TRITAN, BPA-FREE plastic only.

Paper filters:

  • The Clever dripper can use any cone style paper filter. Size #4 for the Large and #2 for the Small.

Click here to learn more about the Clever Dripper, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Kalita Wave Kettle vs. Hario Buono Drip Kettle, Which Is Best?

As a fan of pour-over, you probably know the importance of using a goose neck kettle to pour water in your brewing process. It allows for a better distribution of water over the dripper and results in an even extraction.

The question is, is there a difference between Kalita’s Wave Kettle and Hario’s?

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TitleHario V60 Buono Coffee Drip Kettle, 1.2 LKalita Tea Coffee Kettle Wave Pot 1L
FeatureStainless steel
27-Ounce capacity, 3-4 cups
Easy to use, can be used directly on IH range, gas, or electric stoves
Made in Japan
Used with Hario V60 Coffee Dripper
Size: 12,3cm bottom diameter x 23,5cm width (including handle, beak), 17.5cm height (including knob, lid)
Volume: 1L
Material: stainless steel
Weight: 0.44kg
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Truth is, there’s not a lot of difference between the two kettles, but here’s what we were able to come up with from our research:

Capacity and Origin:

  • The Kalita Wave kettle is available in 1L capacity only. It is made in Japan.
  • The Hario is available in 1L and 1.2L capacities. It is made in China.

Design:

  • The handle on the Kalita Wave kettle is wooden, which gives it a better aesthetic but can draw some heat.
  • The handle on the Hario kettle is silicone.

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How To Brew Using Kalita Wave:

How To Brew Using Hario V60:

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Many people seem to believe that all pour-over coffee makers results in the same coffee brew. That’s not true. The design of the coffee pot will actually affect how it taste, and that’s what we’re here to talk about in this post. We’re comparing the relatively new Bodum’s Pour-over to the most popular pour-over maker out there, the holy Chemex.

Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker:

Bodum Pour Over with Permanent Filter

Bodum is known for its beautiful design and aesthetics. This is true to everything they create, including their pour-over coffee maker:

  • Made from mouth-blown borosilicate glass.
  • 34 oz capacity,
  • Wrapped with a silicone sleeve that is available in many different colors.
  • Includes a permanent stainless steel mesh filter. Do not use paper filters.
  • Also includes a lid for the pot.
  • It’s dishwasher safe.

Click here to learn more about the Bodum Pour Over, read customer reviews and buy it.

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Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker:

Chemex 8-Cup Classic Series Glass Coffeemaker

  • Available in 3-cups, 6-cups, 8-cups and 10 cups capacities.
  • Made from glass with polished wooden collar and a leather wrap.
  • Requires Chemex paper filters which are designed to fit it perfectly.
  • Will not work with permanent filters.
  • Pot lid sold separately.

Click here to learn more about Chemex, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Bodum or Chemex, Which Is Right For You?

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TitleChemex 8-Cup Classic Series Glass CoffeemakerBodum Pour Over Coffee Maker With Permanent Filter 1L / 34oz Black
FeatureIncludes a polished wood collar with leather tie
Selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times
All of the coffeemakers are measured using 5 oz. as 1 cup
Chemex filters are required for operation all Chemex coffee makers
Capacity: 40 Oz
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Design:

  • The Bodum design features a wider neck than the Chemex. This makes it mostly compatible with its own permanent filter and not paper filters. The mesh filter is very fine, so you’ll have to use just the right grind to get your coffee to taste the way you want it. Using a very fine grind for example (which is wrong for pour-over), will result for the coffee to go through quickly, which will result in a very  light brew. If you’d like to slow the brewing process, you could be able to fit a paper filter on top of the permanent filter which will help make the steeping process longer.
  • On the other hand, the Chemex only uses paper filters that is made by Chemex. These filters are heavier than most coffee filters, this allows the coffee ground to steep for a longer time, resulting in a stronger cup of coffee. Also because the neck on the Chemex is smaller, it drips slower than with the Bodum.
  • There are two kinds of Chemex, only one of them is made of Hand Blown glass. The hand blown is more expensive than both the Bodum and cast glass Chemex.

Included Accessories:

  • Although the Bodum is slightly more expensive, it includes everything you need with it: a permanent filter, a coffee scoop, a lid.
  • The Chemex doesn’t include any accessories with it. Your ongoing expense will be buying the filters which are sold in a box of 100 filters for around $10 to $15.

Watch The Following Videos:

Unboxing of the Bodum Pour Over:

How To Brew Using Bodum Pour Over:

How To Use a Chemex Pour Over:

Which One To Buy?

The majority of pour-over lovers swear by Chemex, and we cannot disagree. Chemex does produce an aromatic and crisp cup of coffee. But that doesn’t mean that the Bodum isn’t a good one, it’s just newer to the scene.

  • If you prefer a stronger cup of coffee, you should definitely go with the Chemex which has a longer steep time.
  • If you enjoy a lighter cup, you’ll like what the Bodum Pour Over can make you.
  • If you’re most concerned with the quality of the coffee pot itself, the Bodum gives you a higher quality of mouth blown borosilicate glass for a friction of the price of the hand blown borosilicate Chemex. However, the cast glass Chemex is cheaper but the glass is not as good as Bodum’s.

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Many people search for a stainless steel coffee maker that doesn’t include any plastic parts, worrying about hot water coming in contact with those plastic parts might lead to an undesirable taste.

When searching for the term stainless steel coffee maker, you’ll probably come across two things:

  • A regular plastic/stainless steel housing with vacuum stainless steel carafe.
  • Or a full stainless steel body with a vacuum stainless steel carafe.

Here’s an example of a full stainless steel coffee maker:

KRUPS KT600 Silver Art Collection Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker with Chrome Stainless Steel Housing

The KRUPS KT600 Silver Art Collection: a full stainless steel body 10-cup coffee maker with stainless steel thermal carafe (which you can learn more about here).

Before you get too excited, this machine, and probably all machines, still have plastic interiors. Truth is, there are NO drip coffee makers that contain no plastic parts at all. So, what do you do if you want to produce coffee without using any plastic parts? You have a few options….

How To Make Coffee Without The Use of Any Plastic: (Alternative Coffee Brewing Methods)

Quick note: We get many emails telling us that some of the products recommended by us do contain plastic (as obvious from the photos). Well, yes, some products may contain plastic parts on their EXTERIOR. The plastic does NOT come in contact with hot water or coffee on the inside of the coffee maker, and that’s why we’ve qualified them as plastic-free coffee makers.

Cuisinox Roma Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker

You can use a stovetop moka/coffee maker. They’re all stainless steel, no plastic parts at all. But of course, it’s pretty manual and no fancy features. See our favorite stainless steel stovetop coffee makers here.

Bodum BEAN French Press

Use a French press. It’s also very manual, but easy and quick to use. And most importantly, no plastic parts! Click here to see the best french press pots you can buy.

Farberware Percolators

You can use a stainless steel coffee percolator which has no plastic parts in its interior at all (some plastic parts out the exterior). There’s an electric or stovetop option, it’s nice and quick, although the method itself is old, the new percolators have been updated to meet a modern user’s expectations.

Chemex Glass Coffeemaker

A Chemex glass coffee maker, which is a manual drip coffee maker. Click here to learn more about the one pictured above.

Hario VDC-02W V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper

Or you can use a ceramic drip pour-over coffee maker. Click here to learn more about the Hario ceramic dripper pictured above.

Hario "Technica" 5-Cup Coffee Syphon

A Syphon Vacuum coffee maker is also an option, but requires some expertise.

As you can see, if you’d like your coffee without the use of plastic, you’ll have to go back to basics. We highly recommend a Hario Dripper or a French press as a fast and easy way to make delicious coffee, followed by the stovetop coffee maker and the percolators.

Best Stainless Steel Double Wall French Press With No Plastic Parts:

As we’ve already recommended french press as an alternative coffee brewing method, most press pots are made of glass with plastic exterior. Although that does not affect the taste of the coffee as the plastic does not come in contact with it, many people would still prefer that their pot does not include any plastic at all.

Why Choose a Stainless Steel French Press?

  • a stainless steel french press is slightly more expensive than its glass/plastic counterpart, but it is more durable, it doesn’t scratch or break.
  • It is double-walled, so it keeps your coffee hot for a longer period of time.
  • It’s more stylish.

Here are our favorite stainless steel French Press Pots:

Frieling Polished Stainless French Press:

Frieling Polished Stainless French Press

  • Available in few sizes: 8 oz, 17 oz, 23 oz, 36 oz.
  • Insulated interior – retains heat 4 times longer than a regular press.
  • Mirror finished on the outside, brushed finish on the inside.
  • Dishwasher safe.

Click here to learn more about this french press, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Bodum Columbia 8-Cup Stainless-Steel Thermal Press Pot:

Bodum 1308-16 Columbia 8-Cup Stainless-Steel Thermal Press Pot

  • 8 cup capacity thermal french press by Bodum. (available in other sizes)
  • Double-walled insulated interior. Keeps coffee hot for 2 hours.
  • Polished mirror finish exterior.
  • Twist shut lid.
  • Includes coffee scoop.
  • Dishwasher safe.

Click here to learn more about this french press, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Francois et Mimi Stainless Steel Double Wall French Coffee Press:

Francois et Mimi Stainless Steel Double Wall French Coffee Press

  • Fully stainless steel, holds up to 36 oz.
  • Double walled interior.
  • Brushed stainless steel finish.
  • Available in other sizes.

Click here to learn more about this french press, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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