It’s about time I review the Clever Coffee Dripper; after all I use it at least as much as my French press and very often I prefer the results. I’ve had a great deal of success with this device and the fact that it uses a finer grind with a lower dose as compared to the French press means that I tend to get more consistent results as well.

The Clever Dripper is a hybrid system, it uses a full contact and protracted infusion much like your basic French press. What makes it Clever (ha!) is that it also works like a pour-over in that after the infusion the coffee is strained through a filter when it is poured into your glassware. Genius.

I first saw the Clever Dripper used at Café Fixe in Boston. I asked what the thing was and the barista told me about it, and also mentioned a website where I could buy it. As it happened I stopped by Elemental Roasters in Oklahoma City soon after and saw it for sale for about $15 and picked it up right away.

Note: I use your basic coffee filters which I do rinse with hot water before brewing; it is recommended that you use hemp or parchment filters of a higher quality, but I haven’t gotten around to ordering any yet.

The instructions for this device say to use a finer grind than what you would use for a French press pot, and that makes a big difference for me at the moment because I use a Hario Skerton hand grinder, and as I mentioned in a previous review the Hario is materially less consistent when it is grinding coarsely then when it is grinding for espresso or even stovetop espresso maker.

My rule of thumb is I use 24 grams of beans with 12 oz of water, and let steep for 4 minutes. As the instructions suggest I let steep uncovered for 30 seconds, stir, and steep covered for three and a half minutes. Another thing I like about the Clever Dripper is that, unlike porcelain or glass, the (BPA free) plastic does not leech heat away from the water, so the coffee comes out nice and hot.

Overall I like the Clever Dripper; it gives a very aromatic and “light” cup compared to the thick and rich cup you get from the press pot and sometimes I’m in the mood for exactly that. One thing I really do like about it is that cleanup is such a breeze, you just toss the filter! No scooping grounds out of the press pot (can’t hit the carafe or you will break it, as I’ve done a number of times) and disassembling the plunger to clean grounds out of the mesh.

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Yeah it is a great little device, it actually suggests covering the top in the latest edition of the device or at least the one I recently picked up. Check out SweetMarias.com to get more tips!

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>I have the older lid-less version so I use a small plate to cover the top while brewing.

Submitted by jbviau on
Used it this afternoon, in fact. I predict that with all these blog posts you won't be limited to the Skerton for long. ;)

Submitted by yeahyeah on
Has anyone ever tried adding some kind of bottom to a V60 for a Clever-esque brew?

Thank you for a very good review. The clever dripper is something that had been interesting to me but never had a chance to try.

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It’s about time I review the Clever Coffee Dripper; after all I use it at least as much as my French press and very often I prefer the results. I’ve had a great deal of success with this device and the fact that it uses a finer grind with a lower dose as compared to the French press means that I tend to get more consistent results as well.

The Clever Dripper is a hybrid system, it uses a full contact and protracted infusion much like your basic French press. What makes it Clever (ha!) is that it also works like a pour-over in that after the infusion the coffee is strained through a filter when it is poured into your glassware. Genius.

I first saw the Clever Dripper used at Café Fixe in Boston. I asked what the thing was and the barista told me about it, and also mentioned a website where I could buy it. As it happened I stopped by Elemental Roasters in Oklahoma City soon after and saw it for sale for about $15 and picked it up right away.

Note: I use your basic coffee filters which I do rinse with hot water before brewing; it is recommended that you use hemp or parchment filters of a higher quality, but I haven’t gotten around to ordering any yet.

The instructions for this device say to use a finer grind than what you would use for a French press pot, and that makes a big difference for me at the moment because I use a Hario Skerton hand grinder, and as I mentioned in a previous review the Hario is materially less consistent when it is grinding coarsely then when it is grinding for espresso or even stovetop espresso maker.

My rule of thumb is I use 24 grams of beans with 12 oz of water, and let steep for 4 minutes. As the instructions suggest I let steep uncovered for 30 seconds, stir, and steep covered for three and a half minutes. Another thing I like about the Clever Dripper is that, unlike porcelain or glass, the (BPA free) plastic does not leech heat away from the water, so the coffee comes out nice and hot.

Overall I like the Clever Dripper; it gives a very aromatic and “light” cup compared to the thick and rich cup you get from the press pot and sometimes I’m in the mood for exactly that. One thing I really do like about it is that cleanup is such a breeze, you just toss the filter! No scooping grounds out of the press pot (can’t hit the carafe or you will break it, as I’ve done a number of times) and disassembling the plunger to clean grounds out of the mesh.

Thanks for reading

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good review!

December 19, 2011 | by sontondaman

Thank you for a very good review. The clever dripper is something that had been interesting to me but never had a chance to try.

clever

October 25, 2011 | by yeahyeah

Has anyone ever tried adding some kind of bottom to a V60 for a Clever-esque brew?

You guys are making me want

October 25, 2011 | by Karrde

You guys are making me want to buy one of these gadgets.

I do love my Clever

October 25, 2011 | by jbviau

Used it this afternoon, in fact. I predict that with all these blog posts you won't be limited to the Skerton for long. ;)

they are great

October 25, 2011 | by wakeknot

no question about it

home plate

October 25, 2011 | by EricBNC


I have the older lid-less version so I use a small plate to cover the top while brewing.

Yeah it is a great little

October 25, 2011 | by intrepid510

Yeah it is a great little device, it actually suggests covering the top in the latest edition of the device or at least the one I recently picked up. Check out SweetMarias.com to get more tips!

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