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Melodrip Review: Cleaner Coffee?

Melodrip is a tool that makes your pour over coffee cleaner and brighter. Say goodbye to unwanted agitation.

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Asser Christensen

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The Melodrip is a small tool that has built a cult-like following on Instagram. It looks quirky and futuristic at the same time. Imagine a petri dish that had a child with a beehive, and you have the Melodrip. 

The goal of this product is to make your pour over coffee taste better by reducing agitation. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I also happen to see agitation as one of the main culprits when it comes to subpar pour over. 

In this review, I’ll take a closer look at the Melodrip. I will also compare it carefully to the Gabi Drip Master B, a similar tool, and help you decide which one you should get. 

About the company

Like so many other modern coffee companies, the Melodrip began its journey on Kickstarter. The campaign was fully funded in early 2018, and the product has since made its way to users all over the globe. 

Ray Murakawa, the founder of the company, is a dedicated home brewer, who realized that gooseneck kettles are way more inaccurate than they appear to be. Even the thin stream from a spout held close to the brewer would introduce some agitation to the brew bed. This leads to less repeatable brews. 

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Another goal of the Melodrip is to reduce the number of micro-particles (aka fines) that get churned up while brewing. According to the company, some of these fines can drain through the paper filter. The softer droplets from the MD (as users affectionately call it) mitigates that.  

People have been talking about stuff like flow rate and ‘pouring technique’ for some time, but most of the discussions have been anecdotal. There’s no industry-wide consensus about agitation and the correct pour. So just as a proof-of-concept, the Melodrip is extremely valuable. Much in the same way as the Kruve sifter has been regarding other coffee-discussions. 

That also seems to be the sentiment of the founder, who does a wide range of shareworthy coffee experiments on the brand’s IG account. He also appears to be in close contact with the userbase of the product. 

The “MD” is instagrammable

Japanese Inspired Design

The Melodrip comes in a striking triangular-shaped box. It’s evident that even the packaging is the result of numerous design hours. It has pink accents and a slightly Japanese vibe. Inside the box, there’s a glass swizzle stick and the Melodrip. 

The stirring stick is made of borosilicate glass, and it actually works well. Compared to something like a teaspoon, it’s more precise and fewer grounds cling to it. However, being made of glass, I am a little worried about how it will handle the rough life on my countertop.

The Melodrip itself consists of a stainless steel handle attached to a plastic disk made of the food-safe Eastman Tritan material. 

Even though it’s a tiny tool, it feels solid and well-made. 

Again, I have to mention the aesthetic factor of the product. It looks good and feels comfortable in hand. 

Gabi and Melodrip working together to bring out the best in this Peruvian bean

Does it work?

But one thing looks; another is actual use. At first, it’s a little bit awkward to hold an additional tool in the hand when brewing. Already pouring carefully with a gooseneck kettle can be stressful enough, so suddenly, holding a chopstick with a disk attached close to the slurry is a bit challenging. 

You still have to control the stream while using the Melodrip — if you only pour in the same spot, only a few holes will be activated, not resulting in the shower-like effect that’s intended.

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However, after just a few brews, you get the handle of things. Despite taking some of the art and flair out of controlling the kettle, it’s still fun to brew with. 

The cups I made tasted excellent, and have that bright, clean, and ‘precise’ aftertaste that brews with controlled agitation have. 

The Gabi sits on top of the dripper and is not supposed to be moved.

Compared to Gabi Master B

Long-time readers of this blog will know that I have been a big fan of a similar device called Gabi Dripmaster B for a while. So how do these two products compare? Well, they are more different than you’d assume. 

  • Flowrate: The first thing to notice is that the flow rate of the Melpdrip is a lot faster. 

    I tried to run some experiments to see how fast I could pass 200 ml through each device. It turned out that the Gabi restricts the flow way more than the Melodrip. This can be either good or bad depending on who you ask. 

    200 ml’s time to complete drain:
    ➡️ Melodrip: 25 seconds
    ➡️ Gabi Drip Master B: 85 seconds

    Relating to the same point, the droplets produced by the Gabi are also smaller and lighter. If your goal is to avoid agitation, this is desirable. 

    On the other hand, you can get closer to the brew bed with the MD, so that should reduce the impact a bit. 
  • Dispersion: The third point worth considering is that the Gabi automatically disperses the water to run evenly through the entire screen. This is something that you have to do manually with the Melodrip. If you keep the spout a single spot, you’re only going to activate the adjacent drain holes. 
  • Repeatability: The last point worth considering is that the Gabi Master B is fixed on top of the brewer, while the Melodrip can be moved around. I think that also speaks to the increased repeatability of the Korean product. Sure, it might be further away from the slurry, but it will drip consistently every time. The same can’t be said for the Melodrip. It requires more of the user. 
  • To sum it up: I think that the Gabi is the device to go for if you’re looking for a tool that is consistent and repeatable. The fixed height and predictable flow rate will give you that. 

    It’s also a more hands-off device, which can be both good and bad, depending on who you ask. I sometimes joke that it’s not fun for me to make pour over anymore, because I usually follow the same, straightforward Gabi recipe. The enjoyment and the tactile sensations of the brewing are worth taking into consideration. With the Melodrip, you have more options, and the ability to tweak things as you go.

Melodrip: The Conclusion

The Melodrip is a cool gadget that lives up to its intentions. It’s fun to brew with and an upgrade compared to just using a kettle. 

This product is for people who like the brewing process. It’s not a tool that takes all work out of making pour over. If anything, it probably takes a somewhat experienced brewer to use it to the fullest potential. 

However, if you’re looking for a way to control agitation to make pour over coffee more repeatable and straightforward, the Dripmaster B is the one I’d personally recommend. 

Learn more about the Melodrip here.

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Asser Christensen

Hello, and welcome! I'm the editor & founder of this site.
I have been a coffee geek since I started home roasting more than a decade ago. Since then, coffee has taken me on countless adventures: From ancient coffee ceremonies in Ethiopia to the volcanos of Sumatra.
My background is in journalism, and today I'm also a licensed Q Grader under the Coffee Quality Institute.