Zojirushi AHGB-10DRA Thermal Serve Carafe, 1.0 Liter, Red, Made in Japan
- High quality vacuum glass liner with excellent heat retention
- Accommodates most direct brewing attachments
- Sleek design ideal for home or office use
- Hand washing recommended; made in Japan
The thermal serve carafe features a high quality Vacuum glass liner with excellent heat retention and easy-to-use twist open stopper. It also accommodates Coffee filter cones for direct brewing. Its sleek design is ideal for home or office use.
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It seemed to keep my tea comfortably hot for a decent period of time, just like the travel mugs we have. There were several reviews on opposite sides of the spectrum, some saying it kept their beverages really hot, others saying it didn’t keep their beverages warm at all. So I did an experiment.
I made tea using a glass infuser. My Zojirushi hot water pot said the water was at 208 degrees F in the pot. I dispensed hot water into the infuser, and after 3 minutes steeping, it was 191 degrees. After pouring it into the carafe (I did not preheat the carafe with hot water) it was 171 degrees. I screwed on the lid and left it for 6 hours. The tea was 153 degrees, which to me was still comfortably hot and hot enough to still melt my honey in my teacup with milk.
Some people may want their tea much hotter than 153 degrees even after 6 hours, in which case they should get a different carafe. I was satisfied with the time frame (6 hours) and the temperature of the tea.
I only use my carafe for tea, but the carafe is a bit tall and it doesn’t seem like you would be able to make coffee directly into the carafe from a standard coffee-maker. You’d probably have to make the coffee into the coffee-maker carafe and then pour it into this Zojirushi carafe.
The lid is hard plastic screw on, which I don’t mind. There is another version of this with a button pour.
This is not easy to clean with soap because the opening at the top is very small, which probably enables it to retain heat better. I don’t mind because I only use it for tea, so I just rinse it out (like I do with my cast iron teapot) and don't use soap to scrub the interior. You could probably insert a small bottle brush inside to clean it out if necessary, but you can’t stick your hand inside to clean it with a sponge.
Overall, I’m extremely satisfied with this carafe because I didn’t need anything fancy and I didn’t want to spend too much money on it.
There are three black dots inside the container, see one of the pics. I soaked the unit in hot soapy water and those three dots didn't seem to come off. Didn't take any star off since we are not sure if the three are suppose to be there or not.
Took one more star off due to its lid. It doesn't completely seal, when we tilt it, water drips...
We are very amazed at how long it holds liquid hot. We would boil water in the evening and it'll still be boiling hot the next morning, I'm pretty confident to say that it'll keep hot in a 12-24 hour period. Which is the reason why we are keeping the product regardless of the above mentioned. But would contact customer service to see if the three black dots are normal. Will update this review when I get an answer.
So, on with my search, I wanted a carafe under 30 dollars and well built that would last. I didn't want a massive one since it was just me using it. This carafe fit the bill, it holds a quart of liquid (4 cups; 32 ounces) which lasts me through the day. It stays fully hot for 6-8 hours and it's medium warm in the morning if I left it overnight.
There's no push buttons, no strainers, it's just a simple pitcher, the black plastic seems like it's a solid one piece with a glass center. I'm not sure what the stuff is to make it thermal around it to retain the heat, but it works, and a screw on top. It looks just like the picture. That's it. It's well built (from Japan), it's sturdy, I have a feeling if I take care of it this will last for many years.
Now, how to use it. First I was disappointed that you can't put dairy in it since I'm a chai lover. They tell you on the box 'do not use dairy in this'. I did, I had to try, it curdled and was gross, I tried non-dairy creamer, same result. They warned me so kudos to them. I wasn't upset, I like to experiment and had a good laugh. Only when I tried using dairy products did I have to use a bottle brush to get gunk off the inner glass, if you just make tea or coffee (sugar is fine in it, even spices from chai) you just rinse it out and wash the plastic off and you're good to go.
Here are their warnings on the box, which most of them you would think is just common sense. (I paraphrased)
Don't allow children to use, it's not intended for them
Don't overturn the pot, it may spill (I believe them on this, it seals in the heat but if that lid comes just a little loose and it tips...well...)
Don't drink directly from the pot. ('nuff said)
Don't hold by the lid when carrying. Always use the handle.
Don't remove the base, the glass liner may become damaged. (why you'd want to, I don't know, it all looks like one piece to me)
Don't fill with dairy products, baby food, fresh fruit juice, dry ice or carbonated beverages.
Third, and the reason I spent a few days trying to decide if I really wanted it. I wanted to see it with the cap off and what the cap looks like. It's just a screw on top made of the same material as the base. The section that goes down into the top of the carafe to block it from spilling and to retain the heat has two grooves in it (one for pouring and one for air so the pouring is easier). Closed firmly all you have to do is turn the lid half a turn, (I hold it out firmly so the lid stays still and it gives it a little more room for the liquid to pour) and gently pour your liquid into your cup. The liquid slides through the groove, it's not fast and a full container can sputter a bit, but holding the lid up just a little lets the liquid pour out more easily, and with a simple half turn back it's sealed shut. They even show you the pictures on the first flap when you open the box what's 'open' and 'closed'.
Oh, and don't fill it all the way up to the top, you have the 'neck' area where the lid fits in, I fill it up just to where the neck starts (which is 4 cups, I measured), all the way full and liquid will spit and drip out when it's closed.
For the price, I'm pretty darn sure it will not break if you care for it and treat it well. It's well made, but a little care goes a long way. I love this, I would recommend it to all tea and coffee lovers that want a cuppa now and then through the day but only want to make it once.