Thursday, July 31, 2014

Starbucks Classic Pour-Over Brewer and Mug Set

Starbucks Ceramic Pour-over Coffee Set
This Starbucks Classic Pour-Over Brewer and Mug Set came my way as a gift. Coffee and cigar related gifts are just the best in my book. This set sells for $16.95 on the Starbucks website.

It's a pretty cool looking set and I was really excited to give it a try, but once I did, that's where the excitement ended.

It looks great, the pour-over cone looks like it holds the right amount of water to brew a full cup with one pour. It comes with a couple of the recommended #2 filters. When the filter is inserted into the cone it takes up about 2/3 of the provided space. I added coffee and was ready to go.

Once you add water, the filter sucks down to the bottom and only covers the bottom 1/3 of the cone. Oh well the one pour theory was shot. The next problem only took a few seconds to pop up. The cone has a fairly tight seal so as coffee and steam displace the air in the cup, the steam is forced out as water bubbles that drip down the cup all the way around. Then the big problem shows up. Since there are no holes in the bottom of the cone, you have no way to tell  how full the cup is getting so you have to lift the hot cone (with no handle) off the cup and look. Actually you have to do this more than once to judge your pour.

It's apparent that who ever designed this system never tested it before production. On Starbucks.com this product rates a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Out of five reviews, only one person had the same results I did. I'm guess the other reviews are planted. It's reviews like those that keep me doing what I do. Telling the truth about the products I review.

On the positive side, I love the mug!

I give this Starbucks Classic Pour-Over Brewer and Mug Set a 4 star out of 10 rating.