CLEVER DRIPPER BREWING GUIDE
While no coffee brewer can be completely perfect, we can’t help but belt out the Hannah Montana hit — “You get the best of both worlds…” — about the Clever dripper, combining the ease of full immersion brewing with the crispness and clarity of filter brews.
It’s also one of the easiest and least equipment-intensive methods. You don’t need a special kettle or carafe and you can get the filters (standard #4 paper filters) whilst meandering down the coffee aisle of the grocery store. Plus, its made with heat-resistant, durable and BPA-free Eastman Tritan™ copolyester plastic, so you won’t have to worry about babying this brewer.
We love the Clever because it produces a balanced, consistant and clean cup of coffee without much hassle. Now, let’s “rock out the show”.
RATIO: 1:16 (25g coffee, 400g water)
GRIND: Like wet sand, finer than ‘regular’ drip
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Clever Dripper
- #4 Paper Filters
- 25g of Coffee
- Water Kettle
Fill kettle (or any vessel that you can boil water in) and heat water.
Fold the #4 filter along the base and edge seams to allow it to sit neatly and place in the Clever.
Rinse filter with hot water and discard by depressing the plunger and allowing it to flow through.
WEIGH & GRIND
Weigh out a little more than 25 grams of coffee. Grind coffee — similar to wet sand — and set aside. (DO NOT ADD TO CLEVER YET!)
Pour 400g of water, right after boiling, into the Clever.
Quickly add 25g ground coffee on top of the water and start timer. Gently stir to ensure there are no dry pockets and no grounds floating on top of the slurry.
Let steep for 2 minutes.
When timer reads 2:00, gently stir the slurry again to break up any crust that's formed; let settle for 30 seconds.
DRAIN & SERVE
When the timer reads 2:30, set the Clever on top of you mug or carafe allowing coffee to begin to drain through. It should take between 45 seconds and 1:15 for the Clever to fully drain. (Total brew time should be 3:15-3:45.)
Pro Tip: If it takes longer, you'll want to adjust your grind setting coarser for the next time. If it drains too fast, adjust your grind setting finer.