The Clever Coffee Dripper is an underrated brewer that deserves a lot more fans. Read my review to find out why.
Do you want the kind of clean and aromatic coffee that has been associated with pour over coffee without all the exaggerated hipster mannerism?
Then the Clever Coffee Dripper might be the perfect brewing tool for you.
If you ask me, most people could benefit from having a Clever Coffee Dripper at home.
Read on, to find out what separates this from the horde of pour over cones currently available.
You’d be forgiven for seeing the Clever Coffee Dripper and thinking:
“What’s so clever about this device?”
On the surface, the brewer looks pretty much like a standard plastic Melitta filter cone.
But go beyond appearances, and you’ll quickly realize that the Clever lives up to its name.
Most popular coffee drippers such as Hario V60 and Kalita Wave work in a simple way, where you pour water deliberately on top of the grounds to saturate the brew bed evenly and control extraction. The water then runs out through the holes in the bottom. The only way you can control the total contact time is by grinding finer or pouring slower.
The Clever Coffee Dripper, on the other hand, has a special valve in the bottom that blocks the water flow. When you put the dripper on top of a cup or range server, the valve is opened, and coffee flows out.
Contrasted with normal pour over espresso, this makes fermenting a ton smoother. If you ask me the Clever Dripper is even easier to use than brewing a traditional pot of drip coffee with a machine.
What you need to pay attention to is only the steeping time, and coffee to water ratio. Once, you have nailed these things you’re pretty much able to brew the same cup of Joe every morning.
All this means that the Clever Coffee Dripper is a lot more simple and straightforward than most third wave brewing gear.
The Clever Coffee Maker is quite close to pour over coffee in terms of flavor since it uses a paper filter as the filtration method. But because of the steeping time, it also has some traits in common with a brew method like a French press.
Imagine a full-bodied cup of Hario V60, and you got something pretty close to the typical result.
As you might already have figured out, I’m a Clever fanboy. I really think it could improve most people’s daily coffee setup. Here are some scenarios where I think it’s useful:
Most people thinking about getting the Clever Dripper are most likely considering whether you should get this model or an Aeropress of a French press. All three models are great, but I would make the case that the Clever Dripper is an ideal fit for most people.
I think all coffee geeks could use a Clever Coffee Dripper in their life. If you want an easy no-fuss method, this brewer is for you.
If you’re looking for a travel companion, it’s also a great option.
If you are really attracted fruit forward coffee, and the more intimate ritual of brewing coffee manually, the famous Hario V60 will likely be more rewarding since it offers a bit more in terms of geeking out and modulating the flavor profile.
The Clever Dripper is available in two sizes but if you ask me the big one makes the most sense since it also allows you to brew a smaller batch should you want it.