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How to Brew: Clever Coffee Dripper

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Clever Coffee Dripper brewing video

The Clever is one of our favorite coffee makers for no-fuss, no-matter-where, single-cup brewing. Gather a few familiar tools (#4 filters, a scale, and a stirrer), quality ingredients (fresh coffee and clean water), and your new Clever and you'll have a delicious cup in front of you in just minutes, sans hassle.

How do we brew with the Clever? Let Chris walk you through our method, below.


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Thanks, Jason! We're glad you enjoy them. Keep playing.

Few notes - Filtropa coffee filters work much better (and are more consistent and reliable) than Melitta when used with a Clever. The Melitta's sometime tear and release grounds into the cup during extraction. I never experience this problem with Filtropa.

Also, follow Clever's instructions - 4 minute extraction, stir 90 seconds into the extraction, stir a bit more while the coffee is dripping into the mug.

Love these things. Very easy to use, very consistent coffee, and also very good.

With any Melitta-style filters, we recommend folding the seams over to prevent rips and tears. It's a surefire way to make sure the grounds stay where they're supposed to - out of your cup!

Chris, after reading the beginner's guide post and watching you talk about the Clever in this video and on the product page, I just decided to order it. Looking forward to using it soon!

Your informational posts are always so great! Despite being deeply familiar with most of these brewers I learn something new in nearly all your articles & videos.

In regards to this post, it was fun to try your specific ratios/method; it produced great results with this months Counter Culture Apollo offering.

The Clever has become my "go to" method for manual brewing. While I still love the V60, chorreador, Aero, french press, etc. the Clever is so amazingly flexible and forgiving I find it the most to "play with". By contrast the V60 is far more fussy and while in some ways it can be more rewarding I don't always want focus that much energy into making coffee at 5am.

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