It’s been a while since we have spent time with a Clever Dripper. All things immersion-brewing have come back into the limelight with a combination of people having more time to brew coffee at home and James Hoffmann making another one of his epic brewing videos. Most people who roast coffee for a living, taste coffee as immersion, so often most of the flavour notes coffee roasters suggest come from a bowl with just coffee and water.
The Clever Dripper is great because of the relatively small cost and the ease of brewing, you have a halfway house. The advantage of the body of cafetiere but filtered.
The Clever Dripper
The Clever Dripper has been around for some time now. The reason it has stood the test of time is the simplicity. Lots of brewing equipment has a short window of popularity and the Clever Dripper has stood the initial test of time.
It’s a simple concept, where you rinse your paper, add your coffee and water. Wait until you are ready. Then release the coffee. A basic idea of coffee making helps, so you have an idea of grind size and how long to make your “contact time”. In general, if you used a standard filter grind, worked on 60g a litre and started with a 3 minute steep, you would probably be off to a great start.
In your kit, you get a Clever Dripper, a lid to avoid thermal loss, a coaster to avoid making a mess and your first 100 filter papers. More can be found here
Advantages as a brewer
It’s plastic. Low heat loss. Simple to use. Inexpensive. Clean, filtered cups of coffee from an immersion brewer. Low Cost. Great for a small scale cold brew concentrate. It’s a fun brewer. 2K filter papers are cheaper than V60 papers and also widely available.
The shape of the cone is very “Old School” and the flow is not as good as a V60, but it doesn’t really matter, because it’s not a V60!