The Hario Technica not only looks like a chemistry set, but also operates like one, giving you a more interesting way of making coffee. Unfortunately, this design choice slows down making coffee, causing you to spend more time.
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Pro Unique design is a conversation starter
The Hario Technica is a very flashy, unique-looking coffee maker, making it a great conversation starter especially in social gatherings. The brewing process alone is its own spectacle: resembling a science experiment more than making coffee. This is because the Hario Technica uses an open flame to force water up through the filter and mix with the coffee. When the flame is put out, a vacuum is created that force filters the coffee by pulling it down into the container that originally contained water.
Pro Brews a clean and flavorful taste
It produces a cleaner and more flavorful cup of coffee because of the cloth filter used, which is better than traditional paper filters. The method of making a cup of coffee using a siphon works on the principle of a vacuum. The process starts when the vacuum pressure caused by heating the water up and cooling it down pulls the water through the coffee grounds and through the cloth coffee filter.
Pro Makes more coffee than most pressurized coffee makers
Unlike other pressurized coffee makers which can only produce one cup at a time, the Hario Technica utilizes the concept of a vacuum to produce a similar flavorful coffee but in higher volumes. This means that you can spend less time making everyone a cup of coffee and more time enjoying it.
Con Expensive coffee filters
The cloth filter of the coffee siphon is semi-reusable, but it requires special care if you are planning to use it multiple times. Replacement filters cost around $6 for a pack of five.
Con Can take awhile to make the coffee
It can take a long time to prepare a cup of coffee using the Hario Technica since the water is heated inside the unit using an alcohol lamp. There are butane burners and halogen lamps though which are available to speed up the process.
Con Can break easily
Although made from a relatively strong kind of glass, the Hario Technica will break if dropped. With this, you have to be careful where you put it down because its round shape makes it susceptible to roll away. Also, do not toss it in the dishwasher because it is not dishwasher-safe.