Clever Coffee Dripper

Clever Coffee Dripper, commonly known as the “Clever”, is a smart invention that combines the simplicity of traditional drip brewing with the immersion of a French press. This unique fusion has captivated coffee enthusiasts worldwide and earned a special place in the specialty coffee scene.

What is Clever, and how does it work?

The Clever Coffee Dripper is an innovative creation by the Taiwanese company Abid Co., launched in 2008. Its unique design combines the simplicity of traditional drip brewing with the immersion of a French press, resulting in a surprisingly intelligent and practical coffee brewing experience.

Made with high-quality materials, the Clever is built to last and withstand the test of time. Its main body is heat-resistant plastic, while the essential drainage valve is chemical-resistant.

The operation of the Clever is simple and efficient: After placing a paper filter in the filter holder and adding ground coffee, hot water is added and stirred to ensure even extraction.

The coffee maker allows you to control the infusion time, as the coffee is released only when placed over a cup. This drainage system is what makes the process so flexible and adaptable.

General features:

  • Combination of methods: The Clever combines the best pour-over coffee with percolation methods like the Hario V60 or Chemex, with the convenience of immersion methods like the French press.
  • Value for money: This coffee maker offers excellent value for money ($39), making it an affordable choice for coffee enthusiasts.
  • Lightweight and compact design: Its lightweight and manageable structure makes it easy to carry, perfect for home use or taking it on trips.
  • Two available sizes: The Clever is available in two sizes, 10 and 17 Oz, to suit your brewing needs.

The Clever Coffee Dripper stands out by combining the best of pour-over coffee with percolation methods.

Structure and operation:

  • Plastic cone: Made with a high-quality plastic cone, the Clever ensures durability and resistance.
  • Drainage valve: It has a valve at the base that allows you to control the extraction process. When closed, the coffee is immersed in water; when opened, the filtered coffee is poured into the cup.
  • Valve activation: The drainage valve only opens when you place the coffee maker over the cup.
  • Infusion and pouring: Coffee infusion occurs like in a French press, while pouring takes less than 1 minute.

Result in cup

The Clever Coffee Dripper provides really good and, above all, consistent results. This coffee maker combines the best of both worlds: you’ll get a coffee with a good body, similar to what you achieve with a French press, but unlike it, the drink will be cleaner thanks to the paper filter.

The taste of coffee prepared with the Clever is a true delight. It stands out for its sweetness and fullness, delighting the palate with every sip.

The Clever’s intelligent design allows optimal control of the extraction time, resulting in a balanced and satisfying cup of coffee.

How to prepare coffee with the Clever coffee dripper

To enjoy the exceptional experience the Clever Coffee Dripper offers, you’ll need the essential tools, such as the coffee maker and some Melitta filters (the most commonly used). Also, ensure good coffee, a scale, a timer, and a grinder.

The coffee-to-water ratio is 60 gr. of ground coffee per 32 Oz of water. For our preparation, we’ll use 8 Oz of water with 15 gr. of coffee.

The coffee grind should be medium-coarse, keeping the grounds between 500 and 700 microns for best results. A medium roast will bring fragrant and intense notes to the final coffee.

Type of grind just slightly larger than sand
Type of grind just slightly larger than sand

A step-by-step guide to preparing coffee with the Clever coffee dripper

  1. Heat the water until it boils. We’ll use freshly boiled water for the best result.
  2. Moisten the filter with hot water to eliminate paper flavors, and preheat both the filter and the Clever Coffee Dripper.
  3. Drain the water and prepare for extraction.
  4. Essentially, add 8 Oz of water to the Clever first. By doing so, the coffee will drain much faster in just 1 minute.
  5. Pour the ground coffee (15gr.) over the water and stir with a spoon to ensure all the coffee comes into contact without breaking the paper filter.
  6. Close the lid and allow approximately 2 minutes for the infusion.
  7. After two minutes, break the crust on the surface with a spoon without creating turbulence.
  8. After two and a half minutes after adding the coffee, place the Clever Coffee Dripper over a cup and enjoy the drainage.
  9. The complete drainage should last between 1 minute and 1 minute and 15 seconds.
Coffee extraction with the Clever coffee dripper
Coffee extraction with the Clever coffee dripper

Following these simple steps, you’ll get a perfectly prepared cup of coffee with the Clever Coffee Dripper. Enjoy every sip of this delicious and balanced beverage. It’s time to immerse yourself in the pleasure of well-made coffee!

Written by Pablo Barrantes Nevado
I am Pablo Barrantes, a coffee lover. I decided to start this website to solve all the doubts that arise every day when preparing our favorite drink: coffee. I am an industrial engineer by profession, but I have worked in coffee shops for many years, where I have learned all the secrets about coffee machines and coffee. My passion for coffee has led me to investigate and study beyond the obvious, and thanks to this, I can offer solutions and give news about coffee and coffee makers. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I research, document and write here.

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