The Clever Dripper is another very simple method that produces a great cup. It combines the great benefits of full immersion brewing with the clarity of paper filtration. This means you are able to brew your coffee for a desired amount of time. The cone has a release stopping plug which opens up once you place it on a cup.
What you will need:
- Clever Dripper
- Filtropa #4 filter papers
- Freshly ground coffee
- Hot water
- Stir stick or spoon
- Place your paper filter into the Clever Dripper. Rinse the paper filter with hot water. Place the Dripper over a cup and let the water release. This step preheats your cup and makes sure any paper-like flavors are removed before you start brewing. Once all the water has been drained, place the Dripper on a scale.
- Weigh out 23 grams of coffee. Grind to medium-coarse. It will most likely feel like table salt. Add the ground coffee to the Dripper and give it a tap to settle the grounds. Make sure you set your scale to 'ZERO'! We are about to add some water.
- Let your water reach boiling point and allow it to cool for about 30-45 seconds. If you can test your water temperature, it should be in the range of 92-96 degrees. Let's start brewing.
- Start your timer. Pour in a circular motion. This brewing method doesn't really have a pouring technique like a V60 or Chemex. We are aiming for 300 grams of water. Once you hit the 300 gram mark place the lid on the Dripper. This just helps keep the heat within the Dripper.
- After 1 minute take the lid off. You’ll notice that a thick layer of grounds has formed on the surface of your brew. With the back of a spoon give it a push. We want all the grounds evenly submerged in the water. Place the lid over your Dripper again. Throw out the water that's in your cup!
- Once your timer hits 3 minutes, place the Dripper over your cup to drain. This should take approximately 1 minute. We are aiming for a total brew time of 4 minutes.
So simple. Don't over complicate it. Just remember it all comes down to what you like. Enjoy!
All my methods are straightforward and simple. I hope they give you an understanding to brew better coffee to the taste you like.