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Portland’s Mark Hellweg founded Clive Coffee, a specialty retailer of high-end espresso equipment, before leaving the firm to his brother to run and launching Ratio, arguably the most beautiful automatic coffee maker we’ve ever seen. Think of it as push-button, perfect pour over—the elegant Scandinavian-style design hides the high-tech technology to maintain a lo-fi appearance suitable for any kitchen. There’s no need to contend with a host of buttons or settings—the machine does it all for you, from proper water temp to blooming the grounds and even water disbursement. It’s designed for partial batch brewing from 16 to 40 ounces, so feel free to brew just what you need. The “shower head” delivery system mimics a manual pour-over and the machine also gives the grounds time to bloom before adding the rest of the water. The stunning glass carafe is tough borosilicate glass, which can be gently heated on the stovetop The Ratio doesn’t have a hot plate, which tends to “cook” coffee and ruin its flavor, rather than keep it warm. However, they do sell a separate thermos which is gorgeous and, not cheap, about the cost of a good electric drip coffee maker. We are offering two packages for the Ratio Eight coffeemaker. Both come with the Ratio Kone filter, an ultra-durable, micro-perforated stainless-steel filter. For the deluxe package, we’ve included the thermal carafe with porcelain dripper, which will keep coffee hot for up to four hours. As an added bonus, the porcelain dripper fitted with the Kone filter onto the carafe can be used as a stand-alone manual pour over.
Kitchen Notes: We found that the Kone filter makes a much better cup than paper filters. With the special filter, the coffee was clean, sweet, and bright and lacked bitterness. It won our taste test hands-down. It is as close as you are going to get to a café-worthy pour-over. It also looks great, not like a hulking piece of hardware store machinery that sits on your counter like a cheap toaster but the good looks and great coffee do come at a price. Could not recommend this device more highly. If you love your morning coffee, however, it will pay for itself in pure happiness over time (or make a terrific wedding present).
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