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Clever Dripper Brewing Guide

Clever Dripper Brewing Guide

Petra Jones |

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 also combines the advantages of cafetiere and pourover. 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 pourover 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, Coffee, Grinder, Melitta 1x4 paper filters, water, kettle, jug, spoon or stirer


The process:

  1. Boil hot water.
  2. Place a Melitta 1x4 coffee filter inside the Clever Dripper.
  3. 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.
  4. Boil hot water once again to ~94 ᵒ C (~40 seconds after boiling)
  5. Grind 20g of coffee (3 level tablespoons) to for a coarse grind (but not as coarse as for cafetiere)
  6. Place the ground coffee onto the pre-wet paper filter while the Dripper sits on the counter.
  7. Pour just enough water over the coffee to saturate it, give it a quick stir and let sit for 30 seconds.
  8. 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.
  9. Place the Dripper on top of the jug and the coffee should draw down within 45 seconds.
  10. Enjoy!