The Bee House is a ceramic dripper made in Japan. It comes in two sizes, large and small, as well as a variety of colors (ten to be precise). It retails for around twenty dollars. The elegant design and wide availability have made it one of the favorite drippers of the manual brewing world.
What I like about the Bee House dripper
It is made of ceramic
Ceramic is better at retaining heat than plastic. If you are preheating your brewer and brewing vessel, the Bee House helps to keep your grounds and water at a fairly consistent temperature while brewing.
Additionally, some people have serious qualms about brewing with plastic. If you don’t relish the idea of pouring 205 degree water over a plastic dripper and then drinking the results, a ceramic brewing may be for you.
It uses standard filters
Unlike it’s fiercest ceramic competitor, the Hario V60, the Bee House uses standard cone filters. The large Bee House fits a #2 filter (I typically just use #4’s) and the small Bee House fits a #1 filter.
If you run out of coffee filters (horror of all horrors), you can run to your nearest grocery store and find replacement filters immediately. There is no need to wait until your coffee shop opens in the morning or for your online order to come in the mail.
There is an assortment of materials that are used for standard cone filters as well. You can use natural, white, bamboo or even cloth filters. If you are upgrading from the plastic Melitta dripper, you should already have a nice stockpile of the correct filters.
It is dishwasher safe
Enough said about that.
It comes in different colors
I like the white ones, but I can appreciate the fact that people might want to add a little variety into their manual coffee brewing arsenal. The Bee House comes in colors from “Tangerine” to “Pepper Yellow.” Pick one that fits your personally or matches your favorite mug.
It brews great coffee
Most importantly, I have had great results with this dripper. It has made me many memorable and delicious cups of coffee over the last few years.
What you may not like about the Bee House
It is heavier and breakable
This is not a big deal, but if you are looking for something for on-the-go, it might be a reason to rethink the Bee House. The Melitta plastic filter cone is cheaper, lighter and nearly impossible to break on accident.
If you are concerned with brewing with plastic. Consider a lighter, non-plastic dripper such as the Kalita Wave dripper.
The large is pretty small, the small is really small
The Bee House is really not that big. The large is only the size of #2 filters. The small is tiny, I don’t really even use it. I let my daughter play with the small one in her toy kitchen. Here are the approximate dimensions of mugs each size can accommodate.
The small Bee House– The diameter of the mug opening should not be less than 2.5 inches. The outer rim of the mug should not exceed 3.75 inches in diameter.
The large Bee House– The diameter of the mug opening should not be less than 2.75 inches. The outer rim of the mug should not exceed 3.75 inches in diameter.
For comparison purposes, the Melitta dripper I own can fit on a mug with an outer rim diameter less than 4.25 inches.
You should get one
To some of you, I am sure, writing a product review on the Bee House is a little like someone writing a video game review for Super Mario Brothers. It is definitely not a new product and it has been around for a bit. Still, I wanted to recommend it to those of you who are looking for a dripper as well as share why I value it.
The Bee House is a great dripper. It is aesthetically pleasing, functions as well as, if not better than, the other popular ceramic drippers and is the perfect upgrade from the Melitta Ready Set Joe. You should get one.
Do you have something to add to the Bee House discussion? Are there features you love or hate about it? Please share your Bee House impressions and experiences in the comments below.