The Lulu’s Hand Pour Over Coffee Maker Review
Caffeine-hungry pioneers are looking for new ways to brew filter coffee, and this leads to new and innovative pour over coffee makers being born every other week. The more brewer options out there, the better your chances are of you picking the right one.
Today we take a look at the ‘Lulu’s hand pour over coffee maker’ - which looks like something out of a design exhibition, yet offers more than clean good looks. The creators claim that 'by following simple and convenient steps, anyone can brew a great tasting cup of pour-over coffee like an experienced barista”.
Let's see about that, shall we?
An Overview of the Lulu's Hand Pour Over Coffee Maker
- Brew method: Filtration/dripping
- Materials: 304 Stainless Steel and Wonderlite PC
- Warranty offered: None
- Capacity: 1-2 cups
- Brew time: About 4 minutes
- Dimensions: 4.9 x 4.3 x 3.9 (H x W x D)
- Weight: 1 lb. 6 oz.
- Made in: Taiwan (aka the specialty coffee capital of the world)
What We Love
The ability to control plays a huge role in the final quality of your brew when making pour-over coffee; you need to be able to control as many elements as possible - sort of like a science experiment - to create something phenomenal.
The Lulu's hand pour over, much like the clever dripper, allows you to control the rate that your coffee drips through to your cup with immense accuracy. This means even if you have no idea what you’re doing, you can still make a good tasting pour over coffee
Most pour over coffee makers can make pour over coffee, and nothing else, but not this bad boy, you don't HAVE to use it to brew filter styled coffee; you can opt for immersion based coffee instead (which is a French press brew). Instead of letting it drip slowly as the instructions recommend, just let it steep for 4-5 minutes then open the floodgates into your cup.
If you're into your tea, good news: Lulu's hand can brew up a cup of loose leaf tea without having to use one of those annoying filter things. Check out this video to see it in action:
As you can see, the person in that video is using tea AND coffee in their brewer - which is a special drink from Hong Kong called Yuanyang.
Lastly, we love that more than just the user benefits when using the Lulu's hand.
To state the obvious, using a stainless steel filter means less landfill, especially if you’re knocking back 4+ coffees/day like me (don’t worry, it's still healthy).
We were glad to notice the team from Lulu's hand pledging 20% of proceeds to funding a non-profit that teaches computer programming to underprivileged children in rural Taiwan.
What We Don’t Love
What’s the worst part of drinking coffee? When its instant coffee, or, the end of your coffee because: (a) you don’t have any coffee left, and; (b) you have to clean up. Boo.
I found cleaning up the Lulu's hand was a little bit of a process since it has quite a few moving parts. If you needed to make a few brews in succession, this could become a headache. I may be biased on this point since I use an Aeropress, which is very easy to clean.
Regarding the 'simple and convenient ' process of making coffee, I found it not as “simple and convenient” as led to believe. After a few rounds, however, I got my head around it and could use it with ease.
Best Suited For
Perfect for anyone looking for a new pour over brewer experience who wants the added benefit of being able to brew French press style coffee, and tea at the same time.
Not So Great For
Anyone needing larger-than-standard batches of pour over coffee. If this sounds like you, go for a larger coffee maker such as a large Kalita wave or Chemex. Having to make multiple batches in quick succession with the Lulu could be a massive process due to the cleaning.
All in all, the Lulu's hand is a great little pour over coffee brewer due to the variety it offers, the control it allows, and the quality of the final brew. Throughout our testing phase, the final brew consistently tasted great; likely Becuase of the ability to control and the high-quality materials this thing is made from.
Regarding new pour over coffee makers, we gave the Lulu's hand 4 out of 5 stars.