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No plastic taste or smell. Won't shatter like glass or ceramic drippers. Cleanup is extremely easy. Can use any ground coffee (although results will be better with freshly-ground beans). Simpler to use than a French press with similar results.
Needs disposable paper filters, as permanent filters may not fit. Should be hand-washed vs. in the dishwasher.
Made from porcelain, which retains heat better and is more durable. Costs around the same – or less – than plastic drippers. Users love the smooth, full flavor. Dishwasher safe, so cleanup is easy.
Unit can break if dropped. May be a bit too small if coffee cup is more than 4 inches wide.
Don't have to pour water slowly like most drippers: add water all at once and let it do its thing. Lid can be used as a drip tray after brewing. All parts BPA-free and can be washed on top rack of dishwasher.
Makes up to a 12-ounce cup, so may not be large enough for some users.
Inner layer of fine mesh keeps grounds out of the brew, even without filters. Included stainless steel scoop makes it easy to measure the perfect cup size and doubles as a bag clip. Easy to clean out after each use and doesn't stain.
Delicate construction; mesh will break if not handled with care. Too small to fit over larger coffee cups.
Durable construction and takes little space to store. Those who have used a French press feel this makes comparable coffee without nearly as many grounds left over, and without the potential breakage. Despite being steel, the dripper isn't too hot to pick up after use.
Users report that because there are no filters, the unit will clog if not cleaned with every use.
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Coffee drippers vary between single serve and full pitchers that can make several cups at a time, but they all work the same way. With a coffee dripper, you place the grounds in the filter then pour boiling water over the grounds. The filter allows the boiling water to drip slowly through the grounds and into the cup or pitcher for coffee that many say is similar to French press. Some coffee drippers still require the use of paper filters, while others feature stainless steel filters that are washable and reusable. Although coffee drippers do not heat water like standard coffee makers, they do give you the option to heat water to the specific temperature you want.