The Clever Dripper is one of our favourite ways to brew coffee at home. It is easy to use, easy to clean, it doesn’t make much of a mess and most importantly – it makes a great cup of coffee.
The Clever Dripper combines the advantages of cafetiere and pour-over. In cafetiere, the coffee is submerged in the water, allowing even extraction though the brewing process. The disadvantages are sediment in the cup and loss of heat.
The pour-over method is easy and convenient, however the grounds are not in consistent contact with the water as the water begins to drain immediately. Hence, the coffee is often over- or under-extracted and the results can vary from one cup to another.
The Clever Dripper eliminates both drawbacks by having a stopper on the bottom of the cone, which doesn’t allow the coffee to go through unless it is placed on a jug or cup. It uses also a paper filter, which ensures sediment-free coffee.
What you need:
- Clever Dripper
- Melitta 1×4 paper filters
- Spoon or stirrer.
- Boil hot water.
- Place a Melitta 1×4 coffee filter inside the Clever Dripper.
- Fill the Clever Dripper with hot water for about a minute. Then drain the hot water by placing the Clever Dripper on a jug. This is done in order to preheat the Dripper.
- Boil hot water once again to ~94 ᵒ C (~40 seconds after boiling)
- Grind 20g of coffee (3 level tablespoons) to for a coarse grind (but not as coarse as for cafetiere)
- Place the ground coffee onto the pre-wet paper filter while the Dripper sits on the counter.
- Pour just enough water over the coffee to saturate it, give it a quick stir and let sit for 30 seconds.
- Continue evenly pouring water over the grounds until it reaches the top of the sides of the Dripper. Stir and let sit for ~ 2 1/2 minutes. Place the plastic lid on during this time to keep the temperature stable.
- Place the Dripper on top of the jug and the coffee should draw down within 45 seconds.