Hario Mizudashi vs Willow & Everett Side-by-Side Comparison

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Willow & Everett Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Coffee Maker type
coldBrew
coldBrew

Our Verdict

Overall Verdict

7.7
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    6.5/10
  • Design (15%)
    7.2/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    9.7/10
8.2
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    8.4/10
  • Design (15%)
    7.4/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    8.3/10

The aesthetics of the Hario Mizudashi and Willow & Everett brewers could not be more different. The Hario is quite tall and slender, ideally suited for in-door brewing even in a small refrigerator. Apart from its poor brew ratio (1:14), the Hario is not airtight. It produced one of the poorest quality brews for an immersion filter brewer and is a brewer we recommend you avoid.

In stark contrast, the Willow & Everett has the appearance of a rotund barrel and the one gallon is one of the largest cold brew coffee makers. The Willow & Everett, compared to the Hario, produced one of the best quality brews for an immersion filter brewer. 

However, the design and material quality of the Willow & Everett could be better. The lid is of poor quality, the spigot tap doesn’t always work well, and the surrounding glass is fragile - more so with the half-gallon jar than the one gallon one.

Brew Quality

6.5
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    7.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    6.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    8.0/10
8.4
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    8.5/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    8.5/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    8.0/10
7.0

Bouquet

8.5

After 18 hours of brewing, the bouquet produced by the Hario Mizudashi can best be described as medium strength. The brew brought out a dominant nuttiness, but with underlying bitter and resinous notes. Sweet notes were very understated.

The Willow & Everett’s coffee presented a strong aroma with a degree of complexity. The bouquet was defined by a deep roasted note and a distinct herby edge. There was also a light underlying chocolatey or caramel note.

6.0

Drinkability

8.5
Hario Mizudashi Drinkability
Hario Mizudashi Drinkability 1

Compared to other cold brew coffee makers we tested, the Hario output tasted like a low-grade coffee. There was no real distinction to it and the texture was not smooth. We detected a mild woodiness indicating an under-extracted brew. With dilution, it tasted somewhat watery and sour with a bitter aftertaste.

Willow & Everett Drinkability

We first tasted the brew without diluting and it was quite strong. It had a bold character and trended more towards a deep-roasted to bitter flavor with a sweetish aftertaste. When diluted, it was a lot smoother to drink. We were quite impressed with the strength and quality of the brew.

8.0

Sediment

8.0
Hario Mizudashi Sediment

The Hario produced noticeable sediment, but most of it is relatively fine with only a few large granules present. The filter worked well, but at the same time its design may be a compromise for the poor quality of the brew.

Willow & Everett Sediment

Given the design of the Willow and Everett, we did two sediment tests. First, we decanted the contents into a separate vessel via the tap. We noted what sediment remained behind in the main vessel. We again allowed the decanted liquid to settle before decanting back into the original vessel so we could evaluate how much sediment ended up in the decanted brew. 

A moderate amount of sediment, mostly a fine sludge, was left behind in the brew jug. The amount was comparable to what we got with the similar County Line filter as well as the laser-cut stainless steel filters of some of our top ranking brewers. Very little sediment ended up in the decanted brew.

Design

7.2
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    7.0/10
  • Filter (40%)
    6.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.0/10
7.4
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    7.0/10
  • Filter (40%)
    8.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    7.0/10

In the Box

Hario Mizudashi In the Box
  • Box WDH: 4.9 x 4.3 x 11.8 in
  • Brew decanter
  • Detachable filter
  • Manual

The Hario Mizudashi comes in a very nice box. On the side are simple instructions highlighting its key features. There is no unnecessary plastic covering, and inside you find the decanter, detachable filter, and a handy instruction manual.

Willow & Everett In the Box
  • Box WDH: 9 x 7.3 x  10.2 inches 
  • Assembled brewer only

The first brewer we received was broken when it arrived. The package had styrofoam packing at the bottom and top, but the glass around the tap was completely broken — thus indicating a clear weak point. At the very least, we think this product needs better packaging. However, we promptly received a replacement via Amazon at no extra cost to us.

Decanter

Hario Mizudashi Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    11.5 in (294 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    3.7 in (94 mm)
  • Width:
    5.4 in (138 mm)
  • Weight:
    15.0 oz (425 g)
  • Material:
     heat-resistant glass, polypropylene plastic

The Hario Mizudashi brew decanter is quite attractive in its design and this is a key reason why people choose to buy it. It fits easily into the door of even a small refrigerator and looks good on the table. The handle is fixed to the glass and cannot detach and there are a number of colors to choose from.

Willow & Everett Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    7.9 in (200 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    5.1 in (130 mm)
  • Width:
    7.1 in (180 mm)
  • Weight:
    NaN lbs (NaN kg)
  • Material:
    Glass and stainless steel

The glass of the decanter is quite thick. However, as detailed in the unboxing section, we remain concerned by its fragility around the spout. Initially, the tap’s valve was rather tight, but once you run some water through, it loosens up. There’s a screw on the top if you need to adjust it at any point. 

We recommend caution when turning the valve. Since the lever started out tight, we worried that applying too much pressure might break the glass. 

Also of note is the wire handle, which is practical, easy to grip, and gives the unit a down-home, country feel.

7.0

Stopper / Lid

7.0
Hario Mizudashi Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    3.7 in (95 mm)
  • Material:
    polypropylene plastic
  • Additional Features:
    N/A

While we liked the slender and practical design of the Hario Mizudashi decanter, the  lid design is not completely airtight. This we thought to be a fundamental design flaw especially for odor contamination in the refrigerator and excess oxidation while brewing. The lid itself has a snap mechanism so it doesn’t slip off accidentally.

Willow & Everett Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    4.3 in (110 mm)
  • Material:
    Aluminum
  • Additional Features:
    None

The Willow & Everett brewer is similar to a mason jar. The lid appears to be aluminum and is somewhat cheaply made with low-quality threads. More to the point, it doesn’t even have a silicone seal. Also, we noticed rust-like markings that refused to come off even after cleaning. The lid fitted tightly enough, though.

6.0

 Filter

Filter
Hario Mizudashi Filter
  • Length:
    6.5 in (165 mm)
  • Diameter:
    3.3 in (85 m)
  • Material:
    polypropylene frame, polyester resin
  • Additional Features:
    detachable base

The best thing about the filter is the removable bottom which makes it easy to clean. Additionally, it’s small, stores away easily, and appears to be of high quality. However, the relatively short length of the filter and its lack of porousness created a weak and rather sourish brew.

Willow & Everett Filter
Willow & Everett Filter 1
  • Length:
    6.9 in (175 mm)
  • Diameter:
    4.1 in (105 mm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Additional Features:
    Additional tap filter

The filter is quite different from others we have tested. It is made of a flexible gauze-like type of mesh. During cleaning and on closer inspection, we noticed that the cut of the mesh is rough and uneven, and the seam is haphazard. You could easily prick your finger if you’re not careful. 

The filter’s flexibility, however, allows it to easily bend and fit behind the tap at the base. And in terms of brew quality and sediment containment, we were very happy with the filter’s performance.

9.0

 Build Quality

Build Quality
Hario Mizudashi  Build Quality

The Hario Mizudashi is well built. The brew decanter is elegant and the plastic parts fit well. The filter is also easy to clean thanks to its removable end cap. However, the design is flawed in the short length of the filter and the non-airtight lid.

Willow & Everett Build Quality

Overall, we were not too satisfied with the build quality of the Willow & Everett cold coffee maker. The lid is poor in both design and material quality. Additionally, the filter is roughly constructed and could cause slight injury. The tap doesn’t pour very well and is difficult to operate at first. Since the packaging was inadequate, and the first item arrived damaged, we can’t vouch for the long term durability of the glass around the tap outlet. Given that at least 20% of the liquid doesn’t drain through the tap, additional hand pouring and decanting just adds extra inconvenience.

Ease of Use

9.7
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    10/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    10/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.5/10
8.3
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.0/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    7.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    9.0/10
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 Brewing

Brewing
Hario Mizudashi Brewing

Brewing with the Hario Mizudashi is very straightforward. You don’t immerse the filter into water, but instead gradually pour water over the grounds once the filter is put in place. After pouring, you mix the grounds around a little.

There’s no real need for measuring. The prescribed 80g of coffee more or less reaches the top of the visible portion of the filter. You then add water until it reaches the level of the plastic neck.

Willow & Everett Brewing
Willow & Everett Brewing 1
Willow & Everett Brewing 2

Initially, we poured around one liter of water into the glass brew jug and then lowered the filter, filled with grounds, into position. We drew on our experience with numerous other brewers and left an inch of unfilled space at the top of the filter. This worked out to be a perfect 7 oz (200 g) of coffee grounds. 

The rest of the water we poured over the grounds cup by cup to measure how much water the brewer could take. After each pour we waited a couple of minutes for the water to soak through the grounds and level out. 

The final water volume was 63.5 fl.oz, or 1,850 ml — a brew ratio of approximately 1:9. The final weight was 105 oz (2,976 g). The full capacity of the jug without the filter and grounds was 68 fl.oz, or 2 liters.

We then sealed the lid and placed it in the refrigerator to brew for 18 hours. Since the soft and bendable mesh filter was a first for us, and considering the favorable brew ratio of 1:9, we were excited about the impending results. It’s worth noting that the County Line cold coffee brewer, a similar type of mason jar design, has the same brew ratio.

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Decanting

7.0

Decanting is about as effortless as brewing. You simply pop the lid off and remove the filter. You may want to leave the filter at an angle in a glass to catch any remaining concentrate as it drips out.  

We decanted the brew by opening the tap and draining the liquid into another container. Once again, it proved difficult to turn the tap with one hand. After some liquid had flowed through, it loosened up again. We also noticed that it flowed out in a splattery manner until we fully opened the tap.

Given the tap’s position, it's obvious that a good 20% of the liquid remains below the tap line. This means that ultimately you will need to pour the brew out the top of the vessel. This just adds additional inconvenience. As nice as this brewer appears, and as good as its brew tastes, the design is not well executed.

Lastly, the filter is quite large so when you take it out you should allow it to drain into a dish. We left it for 30 min and collected an additional 50 ml of liquid coffee.

8.5

Cleaning and Storage

9.0

One thing the Hario Mizudashi has going for it is the practical filter design. The bottom comes off so it was very easy to clean. The slender brew decanter is too narrow and long for hand cleaning, but you can use a brush. All parts are also dishwasher safe. Once everything’s dry, store it fully assembled. Its height is the main concern when it comes to storage.

The Willow & Everett brewer is quite easy to clean. Both the filter and the glass brew jug are big enough for any hand to reach inside. We also recommend cleaning the spout by running clean water through it. We worry that coffee oils might clog the mechanism over time but haven’t run it through enough cycles yet to say. 

While cleaning, we noticed the inside of the mesh filter is a little rough at the seam, so you have to be selective about the kind of sponge you use. Also, take care to avoid pricking your finger while you work with it.

Because there are minimal parts, everything fits together easily as one unit for storage. Take care not to lose the small filter that plugs the rear of the tap assembly.