The Java Maestro Stainless Steel Pour Over Cone Product Review
Earlier this 12 months, the corporate that creates the Java Maestro steel filter cone contacted me and requested if I’d be prepared to do a overview on their product in trade for them sending one over. It has taken me awhile to get round to placing my ideas collectively on paper however after a busy summer season, I’m prepared to debate this nifty little brewer.
The Java Maestro is a steel pour-over filter cone in regards to the measurement of a V60. It is obtainable on Amazon for $17.99. Unlike among the different steel filter cones in the marketplace, the Java Maestro is used as a stand-alone brewer (not as an accompaniment insert like the favored Able filter cone).
I notice that there are fairly a number of chrome steel pour-over cones of strikingly related design on Amazon. Although they’re related, I can’t vouch for them as I’ve not held them in my hand and brewed with them.
Metal versus Paper Filtration
The variations between steel and paper filtration is one thing I’ve not talked a lot about on the weblog to this point.
Paper filters produce a cleaner cup of espresso that has much less physique. This is as a result of the paper is designed to take away the sediment and among the oils. There are various levels of thickness in paper filters and thus the quantity of sediment and oils eliminated will fluctuate from brewing technique to brewing technique (Chemex filters versus Hario V60 filters as an illustration). Many espresso drinkers are used to the kind of espresso a paper espresso filter produces and thus desire it.
Until lately, most individuals’s expertise with a steel filter was the French Press. Most of the steel filter cones (the Java Maestro included) produced a cup of espresso with much less sediment than a standard French press espresso. Coffee that has been filtered with a steel filter ought to have a fuller physique as a result of it accommodates extra oils than a paper filtered espresso.
With pour-over steel filtration, the steel display is there to easily hold the espresso grounds from entering into the cup; nothing is faraway from the espresso. This could be a nice and eye opening expertise if in case you have not dabbled a lot in steel filters (or disagreeable in case you desire paper filtered espresso).
The Java Maestro
I must admit that I’ve not used any of the opposite steel filter cones in the marketplace so my overview is solely a comparability to strategies that I personal (which is bountiful).
I discovered the Java Maestro a bit arduous to dial in once I was first beginning utilizing it. This was one half inexperience with steel pour-over cones, one half private choice of paper filtered espresso and one half sporadic (inconsistent) use. I brewed loads of beneath extracted cups of espresso once I first began experimenting (all of them tasted popcorn-y which is one thing I don’t usually expertise with beneath extracted brews). Once I began utilizing it extra, I began to make higher espresso and commenced to actually take pleasure in brewing with it.
What I appreciated in regards to the Java Maestro
- I believe that the Java Maestro is a superb value. For 18 you get the chance to mess around with steel filtration. It will not be as much as the identical high quality of the Able filter cone however the Able cone is $60.00 (and perhaps it’s, I don’t have one to check).
- I additionally discovered the Java Maestro helpful for filtering my chilly brew espresso (value 18 in itself). It doesn’t clog practically as simply as a paper filter and does an incredible job of eradicating the sediment. Before I acquired the Java Maestro, I’d do a two-part filtration with cheese material and paper. Using the Java Maestro is much more handy.
- I used to be additionally in a position to make use of the Java Maestro to filter my French Press espresso (form of like a stainless-steel Clever dripper). Instead of pouring from the French press instantly right into a mug, set the Java Maestro on prime of your mug and filter your espresso for a second time. This will do away with that French press sediment however nonetheless provide you with a full immersion espresso.
What I didn’t like in regards to the Java Maestro
There isn’t a lot that involves thoughts within the cons class for the Java Maestro. What you see is what you get. If you strongly desire paper filtered espresso, then this won’t be for you.
Cleaning is a bit more intensive (for me) than a normal V60. With the Java Maestro, it’s essential be diligent about rinsing out the filter straight away. I additionally felt the necessity to deep clear the Java Maestro extra incessantly. This could be extra from a basic paranoia about hidden oils tainting the espresso than one thing tangible however there was nonetheless a good quantity of grime that got here off final time I soaked it in Joe Glo.
Java Maestro Tips and Tricks
- Dump the grounds and rinse the filter instantly after use. If you let the espresso grounds sit in there, it should take some scrubbing or a Joe Glo bathtub to get it clear once more. You don’t need to have outdated oils dried onto the mesh inside.
- Use a medium/advantageous grind (lower than paper filter grind) and small pulses. My finest outcomes had been with 30 grams of espresso and 500 grams of water. I used about ten small pulses over Four-5 minutes and stored the water stage low.
- If you don’t just like the outcomes, don’t quit. I wasn’t actually that impressed with the Java Maestro till I sat down and targeted on brewing a greater cup of espresso with it. It might take some experimenting however you’ll be able to brew some nice cups of espresso with the Java Maestro. Stick with it and fiddle with the variables.
Overall, I’d suggest the Java Maestro. It is a superb value and a fairly versatile brewer. At some level, I wish to do a comparability between the Java Maestro and a costlier steel filter cone. For now, I’m glad. The Java Maestro brews an incredible cup of espresso, it’s a good way to experiment with steel filtration and it received’t price you an arm and a leg. Two thumbs up for worth and flexibility.