Nice article on the Hario set up Colin. I have had one for about a year now ( shameless plug for Michael Oughtred and Oughtred Coffee in Delta BC who set me up).
Now for my main unit , well that remains my OCS12 and it still pumps out great drip coffee en masse.
Sometimes though you just want that really exceptional brew well I have yet to see a drip system close to this for taste and yes it is better than the OCS albeit a fully manual operation.
I have not tried their grinder as I settled in with a Barata Virtuoso at the same time ( yay my Braun blade finally broke so I *had* to get a new grinder) . I actually picked the grinder and the Hario up at the same time from Michael who had brewed up a wicked cup and it was amazing.
I love the Barata as I can dial in my grinds easily between OCS12 and the Hario.
I married this usually with Oughtred Founders Series Guatemalan Antigua ( source plants from Gaut , grown in Antigua ) or their Oughtred Founder Series Rocket Fuel...okay okay enough plugs
This is as good as it gets in drip from what I have seen
I have varied the technique and timing and have a routine now for consistent exceptional coffee and well better coffee than I can most places anywhere in town , Canada , US or Europe but maybe I need to check my java locations for the road trip more closely.
Thanks for a great article and yes the kettle is the whole key and best money I ever spent too on equipment though the Barata ranks in there too.
My setup is
Barata Virtuoso Burr grinder
Hario Buono kettle
Hario Filter holder though mine is mainly glass
Hario Glass carafe
Pile of Hario filters