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    Chemex Versus Hario V60 for heat retention?

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    Hey All,
    Just wondering what your various preferences are between the Chemex and V60 are in terms of heat retention? Have only got the smallest clear plastic V60 at the moment but would like to get either a Chemex (for something different to try as well) or also a ceramic V60 depending on which preserves heat best. Probably something in the 2-3 cup size as it's always handy to have for when the family's around. Cheers in advance for any thoughts and advice.

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    Hi oldlaz.

    I have a Hario V60/02 ceramic and 6 cup Chemex. I find both have similar heat retention abilities provided they are thoroughly preheated first. To do this I rinse initially with very hot tap water. I then place the filter in the filter cone/chemex and rinse with a further 300-400mls of freshly boiled water from the kettle. This not only rinses the paper taste out of the filter but thoroughly warms the cone/chemex (almost too hot to touch).

    When you then start the pour the temperature differential between pour over kettle/water and filter cone/chemex will not be as great which will assist with a more stable coffee bed temperature and more optimal extraction.

    You will also find either a chemex or ceramic V60 cone will have significantly better heat retention than your current device. I would suggest you base your decision on what type of flavours/profile you like to extract from your bean (there are subtle but noticeable differences) and aesthetics (which one you like the look of). There are also other things which will effect the temperature stability (and hence extraction) of the coffee bed such as drizzle or pulse pouring but that's probably for a different post.

    Bottom line, both are great devices.

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    Thanks heaps for the feedback Sean. Yeah I do quite like the look of the Chemex as a bit of a centre piece. Might also have to invest in a better kettle eg a Hario style one to help with my pouring since my hands are far from steady and I love the finer control they give over a pour.

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    If you get a Chemex you can do this. Helps quite a bit with heat retention. My missus made a kind of cozy for it. Also protects against minor knocks. uploadfromtaptalk1391212291339.jpg

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    Cheers for the idea, that looks pretty good I reckon, and certainly handy for the colder mornings.

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    with a kettle, try getting the bonavita electric kettle, saves the trouble of having to preheat the hario kettle before doing anything. otherwise all the money spent on heat retention might be lost in your kettle....

    also have a look at the steel v60's. seen them around online and in singapore while i was there over the holidays.... though it probably doesnt have as much heat retention, would take up the heat a little quicker, and overall produce a better result re heat retention in your daily routine (or rather make the daily routine a little quicker)

    my chemex is a 3 cup and still does take a fair amount of hot water to get nice and hot - once again making the daily routine a little more troublesome (not that i mind.... =p) but might make it a deciding factor for you.

    just my 2 cents

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    I use a Hario Kettle and it works like a charm...

    Never had a bad or ordinary cuppa yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    I use a Hario Kettle and it works like a charm...

    Never had a bad or ordinary cuppa yet.

    Mal.
    Totally agree. Whilst the Bonavita variable temperature pour over kettle might be really convenient especially if you are doing multiple pour overs or if you are in a commercial environment, you pay a premium for the convenience.

    You could also argue that the Hario (and a number of other non-electric pour over kettles) probably are a bit nicer to look at.

    If you want the convenience of digital temperature control but in something a bit 'nicer' looking than the Bonavita, an alternate option is to use a small portable induction cooktop to maintain a stable temp in the Hario kettle once you have added hot water from another source (eg. standard electric jug)

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    Must admit I do like the design of the Hario, but also reckon the Bonavita's features look pretty handy too. Usually it would only be myself and the Mrs using the pourover but the convenience of some of the Bonavitas features would be handy when the family comes over and/or when times a premium. However having said that, my mate swears by his Hario kettle and hasn't got anything bad to say about it. Anything would be absolutely streets ahead of the current debacle of a kettle I use that just dribbles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STS View Post
    an alternate option is to use a small portable induction cooktop to maintain a stable temp in the Hario kettle once you have added hot water from another source (eg. standard electric jug)
    Exactly Sean...

    This is 'sort of' what I do but just heat the water from the get-go with the Induction Cooktop and then hold at ~90C...

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