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Clever Coffee Dripper

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SKU: Clever

Aptly named the Clever, Abid's full-immersion dripper produces a clean, tasty cup that couldn't be any easier to use. To brew a cup, simply place a filter in the brewer, add ground coffee, pour water over the coffee, steep for 2-4 minutes, and then place the dripper on top of your cup. The cup's rim engages the release valve and the coffee begins to drain through the bottom of the dripper into your cup. Depending on the size selected, this brewer takes either a standard #2 or #4 filter, either of which can be selected after clicking "Add to Cart." If more filters are needed, see our listing for Melitta coffee filters .

  • Durable BPA-free plastic body
  • Includes dripper, lid, and coaster
  • Works best with #2 or #4 size filters
  • Available in 18-ounce (yields ~16 ounces) or 10-ounce (yields ~10 ounces) size
  • Designed for manual, immersion-style coffee brewing
  • Brews one cup at a time

How to brew

  • 24-27 grams of medium- to coarse-ground coffee
  • 400-450 milliliters of water, heated to 200-205 degrees
  • 3:30-4:00 total brew time

design changes between the clever v1 & v2

*Image is a representation. Actual product may vary based on model, size, and options selected.


Abid is the brains behind the Abid Clever Dripper, a full-immersion by-the-cup coffee brewer. The Abid Clever Dripper is an easy to learn, single cup manual coffee brewer that simplifies the brewing process. To brew, you place the coffee filter and coffee into the Clever Dripper, pour the desired water volume over, let it sit for 3 to 4 minutes, and then set the dripper on top of a coffee mug to drain out. The Clever has a release mechanism on the bottom that allows the dripper to drain when placed on top of the mug. Clean up is as easy as dumping out the filter and rinsing with water. The Clever is the perfect place to start for someone who is wanting an easy to use single cup coffee brewer.
Clever Coffee Dripper is rated 4.5385 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brews Delicious Coffee But ... Purchased thru Amazon a week ago.  Gives my old French Press a run for its money and NO GRIT in the bottom of my mug.  I'm not using a permanent, gold-tone filter because paper filters are easier to clean up.  I first followed the directions to the letter and loved the flavor of the coffee; I think it extracts more flavor than a conventional pour-thru, where the coffee doesn't have time to steep.  The gotcha is you can't move the Clever once you pour the water into it; it drip-drip-drips on the table.  I tried picking the Clever up and walking it to the kitchen table and it dripped a mess onto the table.  Two mornings in a row.  I replicated the problem by filling it with boiling water then moving it to the sink and drip-drip-drip.  I don't know if this could be corrected, but it works a treat as long as you don't move it after pouring.
Date published: 2013-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Consistent and Reliable! I love the Clever! It's a great value at $19 and a great brewer for beginners and seasoned baristas alike. I get consistently sparkly and tasty cups of coffee with little to no effort. I especially like to recommend it to people who are new to coffee, citing the ease of use, reduction of waste, and the fact that you wouldn't need a gooseneck kettle to get started. And you can buy Melitta #4 filters ANYWHERE. The only thing that bugs me is that it takes on a bit of color after a few weeks. I wish they made it in a different color.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I only wish more people new about it! This Clever Coffee Dripper is such a simple product, but one that does EXACTLY what you want it to do!  It makes great coffee.  You can alter the taste to your liking.  It cleans up so easily. And it's inexpensive. While I often use a typical electric drip maker if several people are going to be having coffee, or I want coffee available throughout the morning, if I just want a quick cup or an afternoon warm-up for me and my wife, the Clever is my go to devise.   In the past we always used a French press for single or double servings.  I do enjoy FP, but we all know that clean up is a hassle and you're going to get significant sediment in the your last few sips.  Both of those issues are GONE with the Clever.   Clean up is a piece of cake.  I grab out the paper filter (and toss it in the worm bin), run the Clever under the faucet and that's it!   I just wish more people knew about it.  It's probably just too simple for big retailers to sell it.  Why would anyone buy the other, more expensive systems single serving systems when this one is less expensive, easier on the planet and will never give you an "error' message? I highly recommend!!!
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Coffee for Dummies (Myself included) Sitting here drinking a cup of Clever brewed coffee as I type, very easy to use and pretty much fool-proof. It comes apart nicely for cleaning and is very convenient. I typically like the coffee from my Aeropress more (when I get it right, which is not often, sigh) but the Clever does a great job every time. Cleanup is easy too, throw out the filter, rinse and done. One problem I had with it was that the filters have a tendency to split open if you stir too much or don't fold the seams over, so make sure you go easy on them!
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple to use, great cup of coffee Just purchased last week through Prima Coffee, and I've very impressed. Simple to use, great cup of coffee, easy prep and most importantly cleanup.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best of both worlds I have been using the Clever drip brewer for a month. What a wonderful design. The practicality of a cone drip with the added bonus of an immersion brewer. I love the durable construction and the ease of use. It nice that you don't get the silt, due to the use of a cone filter. Sometimes you don't want the added texture that come from using a french press design. The self actuating valve works well, and it even comes with a coaster to keep your work area clean.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great entry product I'm new to good coffee, and this has been a great first brewing device. It's simple enough that I feel like I can focus on the effects of changing the really basic variables - beans, grind size, ratio, brew time - without having to worry about pouring technique. After a few weeks, I am starting to see a little bit of the staining that other reviewers have commented on, at least at the very bottom. But I haven't experienced any dripping - I walk the brewer from my counter to the trash can every morning to dump the grounds, and it's stayed sealed without fail.
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from use daily this works great and couldn't be easier. I do weigh the amount of coffee I use. You need to be careful not to bump this during the brewing process. Easy to do in a small kitchen. It's a real mess to clean up. And if the dripper falls on the floor, the little "legs" could break off and then it's done for. Just watch what you're doing and you'll be happy with this!
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great way to make coffee Boo, Prima crashed when I posted my lengthy review so I'm going to keep this one short! I agree with everything Kait said above and would only add that you should be careful when stirring and ALWAYS fold the seams of the filter over. Otherwise you're likely to have the filter open up and get a cup-o-soot. The folding seems/seams to have fixed that problem though.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this coffee maker I love my new coffee dropper. I don't drink a lot of coffee at home so having a large pot did not work and I don't like the single cut coffee makers I can never get the coffee to taste the way I like but with this one it come out right every time.
Date published: 2014-10-10

After reading up on all the great information on the Prima site, I'm just about to purchase a Clever.  Any recommendations for particularly good beans to use?

Asked by: MattyO
Send us an email at and we'll try and give you a recommendation based on your location!
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-09-08

Hi, Do you have stock for New Clever (small)? Thanks!

Asked by: syspfy
Sure do!
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-07-15

We've been using the Clever for nearly 2 years and it's great. Now, the inside of the base is getting a little moldy. Is there a way to remove the base to clean? Or any other tips for internal cleaning? 

Asked by: Mcas
Hello. You could try submersing your entire brewer in a coffee detergent, like Urnex. This cleaner will help remove the oil buildup.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-07-08

Hello! I received the Clever (S) as a gift from a friend and have seen many articles on how to brew coffee with the larger vessel but wasn't sure about how much water and grounds are required for the smaller one. What do you recommend?

Asked by: yeti_jr
Because the Clever is a Full Immersion type brewer (meaning all the grounds and all the water are in contact during the entire process, and that the user has total control over the brew time) the Clever can be used with just about any amount of coffee. We usually recommend a 1 part coffee to 15 parts water ratio. Start with, say, 20g coffee and 300G (or ml) of water. Brew time will depend on your grind size. Coarser grinds require 3-3:30 brew time, and finer grinds from 2-2:30.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-07-08

Is the center stopper replaceable? Mine came out while turning the Clever (L) upside down to put the filter + grinds into the compost. It's the second time this has happened and it was lost. I find this to be a flaw in the product which I love so much.

Asked by: Jeannie
Contact us at with your shipping address. We've got one we can give you.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-07-08

What size of Clever Coffee Dripper is this? I know there is a large and a small.

Asked by: michaelv25
Click on the "Add to Cart" button and you'll be prompted to choose between the small and the large.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-06-17

will a #4 gold filter work or does it require a paper filter?

Asked by: lostagain
You could certainly use the #4 filter! We've seen it done.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-04-15

what size is the base that sits on the cup or pot?

Asked by: curlupwkelli
The base is 4 inches in diameter.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-04-12

Clever Coffee Dripper center stopper broke off can I purchase a replacement?

Asked by: barry
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