Sleek Pour-Over Set Brews a Good Cup of Joe

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Product Reviewed: OXO Glass Pour-Over Set

In our house coffee is king. Weekdays, weekends, morning, noon and night — OK, maybe not so much at night — you name it and we are brewing something. We’ve tried every gimmick and gadget in the book, except for pour-over coffee, which seems to be the latest trend in coffee brewing. Obviously, this sleek, glass pour-over coffee set was calling my name. I couldn’t wait to add this to my weekend coffee adventures!

The OXO set is made from hand-blown borosilicate glass with an insulated double glass wall serving pitcher. Additional parts are made from stainless steel, and there’s a cork covering to keep your brewed coffee hot while you wait to pour your next cup. It brews 24 ounces at a time, and the set comes with 10 filters to get you started.

This pour over coffee set exceeds all expectations in the looks department. The only down side to that sleek look is that the glass feels so thin that if you are like me you may at first be nervous handling it right out of the box. The good news is that with time I started to feel more comfortable in the quality of the hand-blown glass and wasn’t as worried about shattering it in my kitchen. I made my first mistake right away — I didn’t wet the filter before use — so while it looks easy enough to use, make sure to read the brief instructions before getting started. The difference between the wet and dry filters when brewing was the timing of how fast the coffee brewed, which ultimately impacted the flavor.

Once you get past the simple set up, the coffee brewing experience is just as simple. Measure out the coffee, add it to the filter-lined dripper cup and add boiling water. It doesn’t get much easier than that! It takes a little more time than your standard drip coffee machine and you definitely don’t want to just walk away and let it do its thing. As it brews and fills up the serving pitcher you will likely need to add more hot water to the dripper, being careful not to overflow the top. This also means I am more likely to use this as a weekend brewer rather than an every-day tool.

While 24 ounces may seem like a lot, if you drink a lot of coffee and have more than one serious coffee drinker in the house, you may find that you need to brew more than one pitcher. We discovered that in our house, our coffee mugs definitely are more than 12 ounces each, so there may have been a fight for who was getting a fuller mug!

If you love to be part of the coffee-making experience and savor the process from start to finish, this pour-over coffee set will be the right coffee-making tool for you. Sleek Pour-Over Set Brews a Good Cup of Joe - Quality ingredients are essential to making sure that this coffee maker can function at its maximum potential so don’t skimp on the quality of coffee beans. While coffee does have some potential health benefits, moderation is always key, so don’t over do it. Recent research indicated the amount of caffeine in 4 cups of coffee is a safe amount so one round of this pour-over coffee should do for the day.

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Melinda Boyd, MPH, MHR, RD, is a registered dietitian and military spouse living in Japan. She is co-author of Train Your Brain to Get Thin, and blogs at Nutrition, Food, Travel & More. Follow her on Twitter.