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Ratio Six Coffee Maker First Look

Summary

If you’re all about doing a 250ml pour over day in, day out, the Ratio Six is not a brewer for you. Let’s just get that out of the way. The Ratio Six is a small batch brewer. That’s its […]

If you’re all about doing a 250ml pour over day in, day out, the Ratio Six is not a brewer for you. Let’s just get that out of the way.

The Ratio Six is a small batch brewer. That’s its main modus – to deliver “batch” coffee, as in a litre or more so several people can have a cup – and to do it nearly as well as the best manual pour over techniques can deliver. If you live in a household with two or more coffee drinkers, and both of you demand a quality cup of coffee, this brewer is intended for you. If you want more than one big cup of coffee over a 1-2 hour period and don’t want to sacrifice (too much) quality, this is the brewer for you.

The Ratio Six is not without issues: it’s quite expensive, the carafe and lid could be better designed, and it would be better if the bloom stage was more programmable. But the positives of the brewer are numerous too.

It has a fantastically stable temperature delivery. The bloom works well for doing 800ml or more of coffee. The carafe really does retain coffee heat for a long time with an acceptable degradation in cup quality. The dispersion screen is one of the best on the market, for even saturation of the coffee grounds. I’m even sold on the flat bottom filter design considering you would use this brewer to do a litre or more of coffee. And the Ratio Six is a very unique looking, “work of art” for the counter.

In our full review, we’ll dive deep into temperature measurements, brew volume differences to taste, parts longevity and durability, blind cup comparisons to other auto drip coffee makers, a ton of usability discussion, and more. For now, this SCA-certified brewer is something we’d recommend to anyone who wants a high quality coffee for more than one person in a household. At $350, it’s not cheap, but if you amortize that over the 5 year warranty, taking into account a lot of $100, $150 brewers will fail within that time with daily use, this machine becomes a much greater value.

The Ratio Six is available via Amazon for $365. (this is an affiliate link; by using it, you are helping this website)

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