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May 22, 2011 / Baca

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:

Pros:

- 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.

Cons:

- 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.

Verdict:

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.

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  1. billy / May 22 2011 10:55 pm

    love these things. let’s not forget mouth-feel here. with a clean cloth, you get great clarity + tremendous mouth-feel yet no sediment. my personal favorite for taste, but maintenance is a consideration.

  2. John O'D / May 23 2011 9:19 pm

    Cool info, guys. These woodneck brewers are great.

  3. Hario Woodneck / May 24 2011 3:54 am

    Any tips on where to buy one of these?

    • Verve / May 24 2011 5:57 pm

      We have pretty limited stock, and are working on getting more. But I’ll get them up on the website today if you’re still looking to pick one up.

  4. Rozell / May 26 2011 5:53 pm

    Great post. Looking forward to more. I’d especially like to hear your thoughts/ideas on the Clever dripper.

    • Rozell / May 26 2011 5:56 pm

      - though it’s really a full immersion device, so maybe it won’t be included…I’ll hit you up either way.

  5. Josh / Dec 27 2011 8:25 pm

    After making a pot, I rinse my filter really well in cold water, squeeze some of the water out, and pop it in a zip-lock bag before chucking it in the crsiper bin in my fridge. No funkiness experienced, and I’ve been uding this method for almost a year now. About once a week, I soak the filter in Oxy-Clean Free and rinse it really well. No off flavors or odors and it gets it pretty darn clean when you consider how much coffeee gets brewed in it.

  6. Cody / Sep 3 2013 2:49 pm

    Can you use a woodneck as a cold brew or how do you

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