C.Y.P. Installment One: Hario Woodneck
Welcome to C.Y.P. or Choose Your Pourover. Before we get started today we’re going to make a checklist of stuff you’ll find useful for making any kind of brewed coffee at home. Coffee is a given. A good grinder is your bread and butter, if you’ve got money to burn spend it here. I use a Baratza at home but either of the Hario hand mills are awesome lower cost alternatives. You’ll also need a scale to weigh out coffee and water and a timer to time your brews. A nice kettle is a luxury but not a necessity…anything with a spout will work. If you really wanna get down I’m a huge advocate of a cheap little notebook to write down brew times, tastes, and techniques for reference. Yup. I’m kinda dorky. Let’s fire this off.
Today we’re going to take a quick peek at the Hario Woodneck, the first installment in our ongoing pour over compare and contrast series. Lets get going. With the Woodneck you get a self contained brewing unit with a Chemex-esque type look (wood handle, leather wrap, etc…) but the thing that sets this bad boy apart from the pack is the cloth filter. The cloth filter seems to get the love it or hate it rap around coffeetown and here’s why:
- Reusable. You get one filter with this bad boy and that’s all you need. No waste, no need to start that “pack a week” habit.
- Squeaky clean cup. For the most part, zero sediment. The only time I’ve experienced sediment with these is when I’ve used a fairly fine grind on an industrial espresso grinder (i.e. a Robur). All other grinders are giving cups with zero sediment. The picture below was from a cup that’d been sitting for 10 minutes then dumped… no sediment here.
- Aesthetically pleasing. It’s pretty hot looking. Looks count, so let’s not pretend that they don’t.
- Kind of a pain to clean and store. The cloth filter must be rinsed imediately after usage and stored in some sort of water bath to prevent it from drying out and getting extra funky. I keep mine submerged in a mug of water in the fridge. Every so often, you’ll need to give it a deep cleaning by soaking it in some sort of espresso detergent like puro-caff. After a deep soak you’ll need to thoroughly rinse the filter then make a “seasoning” brew in it to remove any residual cleanser.
If you like a clean cup with lots of clarity but don’t like the waste aspect of paper filters, and if you don’t mind spending a little bit of time maintaining your brewing system, the Hario Woodneck is for you.