jodi_maloney
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Oct 26, 2017
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What's the difference between the different type of materials for the Hario V60? Glass vs. plastic vs ceramic?
Oct 26, 2017
ZTFSub
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Oct 26, 2017
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Functionally there shouldn't be much of a difference. The choice is mostly an aesthetic one. Plastic is cheaper, but it will scratch and ding over time unlike the ceramic and glass ones. The glass separates from its handle so it can be more easily used in different stands. Potentially you could pre-heat ceramic and glass, but this likely wouldn't have much of an effect.
Oct 26, 2017
skal00
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Oct 26, 2017
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There's a slight difference in how easily these brewers heat up and retain their heat over time. Ceramic and glass will heat and cool more slowly than plastic. The most significant differences are in aesthetics and ease of cleaning. Plastic is always harder to completely remove residual coffee oils from than ceramic and glass, which are chemically inert. You might notice a slight plastic taste from the plastic brewer, but I have not used it so I cannot comment. Plastic is also probably harder to break if dropped, but I've had a ceramic v60 for 4+ years now, and it still works great.
Oct 26, 2017
djfluffkins
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Oct 26, 2017
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skal00 is right, the way heat is retained is the biggest problem (and conducted for that matter). So if you think about the biggest complaint about drip brewers that can't compete with the higher ends is the temperature at the brew-head. The goal being 195-205. The ceramic will take longer to heat but retain better, but if you don't heat it first it actually will cool your coffee down while you brew. Copper being the "gold" standard is because of it's high thermal conductivity which will help keep the brew closer to the temperature that your water is at.
I personally use the glass one because I didn't want to pay 2.5x for the copper, but if you gave me a good deal I'd switch in a heartbeat.
Oct 26, 2017
WaltherC94
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Oct 27, 2017
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I've actually never burned my fingers while doing that with a glass or ceramic V60. They probably do get hotter, but to me the main reasons for not using plastic is that unless you've used the dripper a lot already, plastics will vent that "plastic smell" which I believe to be VOCs, but I could be wrong. This effect is further exaggerated when the plastic is heated, which causes a sort of off-odor and off-taste to your coffee. But then again, I believe in pre-rinsing paper filters too, so if you don't usually pre-rinse your paper filters then maybe you won't notice this. I could be just extremely particular, or its a psychological thing.
Oct 27, 2017
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