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Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone Review
Cons: Not as refined of a flavor as the Hario dripper.
Bottom line: A very light and inexpensive pour over option. Solid taste and value.
With a street price of under $3, this is our Best Buy winner. If you're looking for fast, easy, inexpensive, yet tasty way to brew coffee on your upcoming weeklong camping vacation, then the Melitta Ready Set Joe is an excellent choice. This coffee maker is so simple, consisting of a single, lightweight piece of plastic, and it brews a decent cup of Joe. Though we found the Hario V60 Plastic Dripper to make better coffee, it costs three times as much, weighs more, and requires very hard-to-find filters. The Melitta version uses a standard #2 filter and is hard to beat for the price.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
This is no longer the lightest option in our review, but it's still the best value. The Primula is now our favorite option for backpacking as it weighs half as much and doesn't require filters.
This is a pour-over style cone, which uses a #2 filter. Its biggest asset is that it has a hole so the user can see the level of coffee in the mug while brewing, which eliminates surprise overflows. For group situations, if you're careful, you can use #4 filters and load this up even more.
The Melitta Ready Set Joe makes a good cup of coffee. Not great, but good. The AeroPress and the V60 beat this coffee maker in all taste tests. However, the flavor is still pleasing to coffee diehards.
Ease of Use
A cone-style coffee maker is extremely simple and easy to clean. There are no small parts to keep track of, just the cone, a filter, and some coffee grounds. The hole in the side makes brewing even easier, since you can monitor the level of coffee in your mug.
This is the lightest cone style maker in this review. It weighs only 2.01 ounces. This is light enough to make people consider bringing it along on a camping or backpacking trip. The Starbucks VIA is lighter, but makes much less appealing coffee. The Primula beats this out for best backpacking option. However, it's a filterless option. If you want the convenience of filters, this is your best bet.
The cone is relatively bulky and does not fit in a backpack as well as the GSI Collapsible Java Drip or the Primula. The handle on the side can clip to the outside of a pack, which makes it easier to bring along.
This coffee maker works for any camping application and can be brought on short backpacking trips.
This is by far the most economical coffee maker we reviewed, which is why it wins our Best Buy award. For under $3 you can get a multi-use, high quality coffee maker that can be used while camping in the great outdoors. That's a good deal.
— McKenzie Long
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