Though we found an ultra cheap cloth manual pourover filter brewer that we listed in our Under $35 list, we still have a soft spot for the Hario Cloth Dripper. This, over 10 years ago, was our own introduction to cloth drip brewing, and we've never looked back.
Plus the Hario Cloth Drip Pot Brewer looks fantastic. The fit and finish of it quite first rate, with lots of nice wood bits and even a wood handle for the cloth holder.
They come in two sizes, and in some ways, mimic the look of the Chemex, including a formed wood collar around the middle of a glass beaker, and a leather cord keeping the two halves of the collar in place. But what makes this different is the filter itself: the Hario Drip Pot uses a cloth filter to do its brewing.
For me, the taste from using a cloth filter (as long as it is absolutely clean) is many times better than paper. And unlike permanent filters like the Kone, there's absolutely no sediment or grit - you just get pure liquid coffee with all the flavour because essential oils from the beans make it through the cloth. Just keep it clean between uses!
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.