I’ve tried everything from the Kuerig K-cup, to the French Press, to Hario, to Chemex, but none compare to the Clever Dripper. The Clever pulls the best of two brewing methods together. On the one hand you get the full immersion brewing of a French press style brewer and on the other you have the pour over functionality of a Hario. It is an uncomplicated method that can be mastered with just a little bit of practice. Below I have outlined the steps to make the perfect cup of coffee using the clever.
Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee
1) Fold the #4 filter seam on the bottom and the side to one side of the filter. Then place the filter inside the dripper.
2) Grind 15g of coffee beans to a medium coarseness or a paper filter setting.
3) Get your scale out
*Pro Tip #1: Remember to zero out or tare the scale for everything you weigh.
4) Heat 300g of water to around 205 degrees. You can heat the water to boiling and wait a few seconds for it to cool a bit.
*Pro Tip #2: When experimenting with new coffees on the clever it is a god base point to maintain a 15 to 1 ratio of water to coffee.
5) Set clever on top of your serving kettle
6) Pre wet the entire #4 filter by slowly pouring hot water over the entire filter.
7) Let the hot water drip from the Clever into your kettle to pre warm it. This ensures the coffee will not be shocked when introduced into a cold kettle.
8) Set the Clever on your scale with the coaster below.
9) Zero out or tare the scale.
10) Add the 15g of coffee grounds.
11) Begin to pour 300g of hot water onto the coffee grounds ensuring grounds are completely submersed.
12) Start the timer immediately when the water first makes contact with the grounds.
13) At 30 seconds in gently stir the water/grounds break up the plume, cover, and let the coffee sit.
*Pro Tip #3: While the coffee is brewing pour out the hot water sitting in your kettle in preparation to drain the dripper.
14) At 2.5 minutes, set the clever on top of your serving kettle to begin your drain.
15) The target total brew time is 4 minutes, so you are hoping to have a 1.5 minute drain.
*Pro Tip #4: No matter how much coffee is drained when you reach the 4 minute mark remove the Clever from your kettle. If you pass the 4 minute mark and continue draining you will have an over-extracted brew.
It’s that simple! Have fun and try altering your grind, coffee volume, water volume, and extraction times to find the perfect cup.