Best Glass Coffee Carafe and How To Pick Them

Best Glass Coffee Carafe 2023 and A Quick Buying Guide

In this article I will go through the best glass coffee carafe out there for this year.

I have worked with a lot of coffee carafes in my days. From cheap thermal carafes to high end designer glass coffee carafes.

To the surprise of many the main use I have had for them was not hot coffee but cold. Evey time I made a batch of cold brew I would transer it to the glass coffee carafe to stow it. 

It wasn’t only practical but there is something special about coffee being poured from a nice looking glass carafe that just makes it taste better.

So follow along to find the best glass coffee carafe to spice up your kitchen.


Looking for something to fill your coffee carafes with besides drip, check out my list of coffee makers under 50 and 100 bucks.


Best Glass Coffee Carafe for 2023

Best Insulated – Fellow Stagg Double Wall Glass Coffee Carafe

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The Fellow Stagg glass coffee carafe is probably as good as it is going to get if you want a mix between a glass carafe and an insulated one.

“A jack of all trades is a master of none” is probably an accurate assessment here. 

The Stagg keeps your coffee warm for about 30-45 minutes, a lot better than a regular glass carafe but much less than a regular insulated one.

The Stagg has a decent 1-2 person capacity, a lot less than some of the larger glass carafe options like the Chemex.

The design of the Stagg carafe is beautiful with a floating coffee illusion, and customers seem to enjoy the quality of it.

So if you are looking for a middle ground of design and functionality the Stagg glass coffee carafe is the way to go.

Best All Round Glass Coffee Carafe – Chemex Coffee Carafe / Maker

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The chemex is probably the most recognisable carafe on this list. You can most likely walk into any kitchenware store near you and find this one.

Beloved for being both a straightforward pour-over coffee maker and a high quality and good looking glass coffee carafe.

The glass is high quality borosilicate to endure fast changes in temperature. The downside to a glass carafe is that you have to be a bit careful since it obviously can chatter.

The Chemex is not an insulated glass carafe. The borosilicate insulates heat better than a regular carafe but still not great, hence the beautiful wooden handle. This also means you will have to use a hot plate of some kind to keep the brew warm for longer. Be aware that heating coffee for longer periods of time will destroy the taste.

As for using the Chemex as a drip coffee maker, it requires some getting used to but in the end it is quite simple and easy to use. You have the option between a disposable filter and a reusable one. They both work great but I personally would go for the reusable one since you wont run out of that one.

Overall the Chemex glass coffee carafe is a great allround choice. With great customer reviews and a long record for being a solid product you really can’t go wrong with this one.

Most Design choices – Yield PourOver Glass Coffee Carafe

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If you are all in for form over function then the Yield pour over glass coffee carafe is the way to go.

In terms of design the carafe stands out with its bold design choices and many colors to choose from.

The combination of borosilicate glass and lid means that the Yield has slightly better heat retention than some of the non insulated options on the list. It is also one of the larger.

It’s not only look with this one either, you can make some nice pour over coffee with this one as well.

The combination of size and artsy design means this is one of the more expensive options on the list, but if this is what you are looking for then by all means, go for it.

The one downside with this one is that you have to be a bit careful when pouring. The tall design means the yield can be a bit unwieldy when full. Not a big issue, just something to be aware of.

Best Small – Hario Glass Range Server

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As with everything Japanese, the Hario glass carafe has a wonderfully japanese way of solving the glass coffee carafe equation.

The server is made out of a thinner japanese glass to keep down the weight, also being both microwave and dishwasher safe. The downside to this is that the carafe becomes a bit more fragile, so keep that in mind.

The main reasons for choosing this carafe has to be the playful design and the fact that the carafe works with the Hario V60 drip coffee maker. No matter the size you choose.

So if you are on the lookout for a smaller alternative to the Chemex carafe with a bit of that japanese ingenuity, the Hario glass coffee carafe is a great choice for you

Best Luxury – Hario Olive Wood Coffee Server 

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The Hario Olive wood glass coffee carafe is an even more beautifully designed server than the Hario glass range server.

It comes with an olive wood handle and lid as is compatible with the Hario V60. The japanese glass is of the highest quality, being scratch and heat resistant as well as crystal clear.

The Hario olive wood exists in two sizes, 360, 400 and 600 ml depending on your needs. The pourability is great as well thanks to smart design making it harder to spill.

These luxury features does have some downsides however. The Hario Oive Wood is quite expensive for a glass coffee carafe and the beautiful glass is a bit more prone to shattering.

But if you are looking for a nice coffee carafe to spice up your kitchen, or if you are looking for a great coffee themed gifts, look no further.

Best Affordable – BUNN Coffee Decanter

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This carafe is for those of you that just want a carafe that works without spending your hard earned cash on luxury features.

These carafes are not designed to be pretty, they are designed to work. And they do. The large size means you can serve multiple people with one carafe if you need to.

The carafes work with drip coffee makers such as the BUNN coffee maker and others, making it very versatile. 

You will not turn any heads with the BUNN coffee maker, but it will help you make and store coffee for a fraction of the price of other options on this list.

Add to that the brew trough lid and tapered spout and you have yourself a very capable carafe for the money.

Coffee Carafe Buying Guide – Understanding Your Choices

In the world of coffee carafes you basically have two options, Glass and Thermal.

(the fellow stag might be something resembling a middle ground in this case)

There are positives and negatives for both.

If you are looking for pure performance in heat or cold retention and don’t care about bulk or looks. A regular thermal coffee carafe is probably the way to go. They work great for camping and picnics as well.

If you are on the lookout for a lighter and more esstetic option for home use then you should go for the glass coffee carafe.

Things To Keep In Mind When Buying A Glass Coffee Carafe:

Heat Rentention

Is heat retention something you need? If you only brew cold brew maybe you can throw the carafe in the freezer when you are not using it. Do you bring your 

If you are truly looking for heat retention then maybe you should aim for a thermal carafe instead. Or at least go for the Fellow Stag since the double walls help with heat retention. 

Ease of Use 

This really boils down to how large and unwieldy the thing is. I remember working with a lot of designer carafes that were a pain to work with. They really enfasised form over function.

How easy it is to pour the coffee is also important to keep in mind. Some carafes require one hand some require two. Some are large and some small. 

The point is, find one that works for you.

Ease of Cleaning

Most glass coffee carafes are easy to clean. If they are not dishwasher safe (most are) than they usually have a large opening so you can reach in and give do quick cleaning.

However be aware, some glass carafes manage to be hard to clean by hand and not dishwasher safe. Stay away from these, trust me.

Price

This boils down to what you are willing to spend on your glass coffee carafe, and what you are looking for. 

Is designer luxury a necessity for you? then you might need to pay a bit more. Just dont overspend for things you dont need.

How To Clean A Glass Coffee Carafe

Cleaning a glass coffee carafe is important to ensure that it doesn’t affect the flavor of your coffee. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean a glass coffee carafe:

Materials you will need:

  • Dish soap or mild detergent
  • Warm water
  • Soft sponge or non-abrasive scrub brush
  • Rice (optional)
  • Bottle brush (optional)
  • White vinegar (optional)

Steps:

Empty the Carafe:

Pour out any leftover coffee or grounds from the carafe.

Rinse with Hot Water:

Rinse the carafe with hot tap water to remove any loose coffee grounds or residue.

Prepare a Soapy Solution: 

Fill the sink or a basin with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap or a mild detergent. You can also use a gentle glass cleaner if you prefer.

Soak and Scrub: 

Submerge the coffee carafe in the soapy water and let it soak for a few minutes. Then, use a soft sponge or non-abrasive scrub brush to gently scrub the inside of the carafe. Pay attention to any stubborn stains or coffee residue. For tough stains, you can make a paste of baking soda and water and use it as a mild abrasive.

Rinse Thoroughly:

After scrubbing, thoroughly rinse the carafe with warm water to remove all soap or detergent residue. Make sure there are no lingering soapy tastes.

Dry: 

Allow the carafe to air dry upside down on a clean dish rack or towel. Make sure it’s completely dry before using it again.

Optional: 

Use Rice for Stubborn Stains: If you have stubborn stains or residue that won’t come off with regular scrubbing, you can try adding uncooked rice to the carafe with a little water. Swirl the rice around, and the abrasive action of the rice should help remove the stains. Rinse thoroughly afterward.

Optional: 

Bottle Brush: If your carafe has a narrow neck or hard-to-reach areas, you can use a bottle brush to clean these spots effectively.

Periodic Deep Cleaning with Vinegar

If your coffee carafe has developed a residue buildup over time, you can periodically deep clean it with white vinegar. Fill the carafe with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water, let it sit for an hour, and then scrub and rinse thoroughly. The vinegar will help dissolve mineral deposits and coffee oils.

Maintain Regular Cleaning: 

To prevent the need for deep cleaning, it’s best to wash your coffee carafe after each use. Regular cleaning will keep it looking clean and tasting fresh.

FAQ

Does A Glass Carafe Keep Coffee Hot?

No, not unless it is doubled walled. If it is double walled it will keep your coffee warm for longer but not as long as a regular insulated one.

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John has been in the game of blending and brewing for years now. Originally from Sweden, he has worked as a barista at coffee shops in the US and as a bar manager at a smoothie and juice bar in Paris. Now he is the main editor for Blend Brew Enjoy where he puts all his passion and effort into helping people find their love for coffee and smoothies.

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