Ceramic Drippers & Mugs, and lead leaching?

Coffee preparation techniques besides espresso like pourover.

#1: Post by dsc106 »

EVERYTHING WILL KILL YOU AND POISON YOU!! (Sorry, not one of those threads :D)

I am just curious, for all the talk of some people being concerned with plastics in drippers like a V60, Clever, Aeropress, etc. - why is there never any talk of potential lead leaching from ceramic coffee drippers and mugs, which are regularly exposed to high heats? Is this a concern at all?

Thought crossed my mind after using the ceramic Blue Bottle Dripper for the first time. I washed it in warm soapy water first, but then I was wondering if I should have run a few pours of boiling water through it, before brewing my first cup?


#2: Post by thirdcrackfourthwave »

A pretty quick search of leading brands, Hario, Kalita, Bee House, etc., . . . .well they all state they are using 'lead free' ceramics.

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#3: Post by dsc106 (original poster) »

Ah yes that's true, I couldn't find that for Blue Bottle Dripper though, or a number of mugs.

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#4: Post by Jeff »

The regulations have gotten stricter over the years, so it may just be that it isn't as heavily advertised as it once was in the EU or countries with strict(er) lead-content regulations. I know that we'll never be able to "perfectly" match the glaze on our stoneware from a reputable, California-based pottery as they had to change the formulation several years back to meet the regulations that were put into place.

Edit, some interesting articles:

https://www.fda.gov/food/metals-and-you ... al-pottery

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ ... ?fr=109.16

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/i ... t_122.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/20 ... -poisoning


#5: Post by Acavia »

I wont try the lilyDrip for this reason. I wish it were made of glass.