How To Use Clever Coffee Dripper? Instructions And Recipe

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In the age of coffee, there is no end to how much people can learn about their favorite drink. From how to make it properly to what type of beans should be used, everyone has an opinion on how best to enjoy your morning cup of joe. One thing that many people don’t know is that a clever coffee dripper helps you get the perfect pour-over every time! It’s easy and simple, so we’ll show you how to use Clever coffee dripper in this article today.

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What Is A Clever Coffee Dripper?

The Clever Dripper is a mix between a French Press and a Pour-over coffee maker. It brings the best out of the two extraction methods; immersion and filter. This special thing helps you extract coffee within 3 minutes.

One of the Clever Dripper’s features is an automatic low-bottom lock valve. The valve will keep your brew inside until you are ready to use it. The Clever dripper makes the experience of brewing coffee similar to that of a French press. The paper filter helps prevent the resulting coffee sediment from coming through in your cup.

How To Use Clever Coffee Dripper To Make Coffee?

What you need

  • 23 grams of freshly roasted coffee beans
  • Clever Coffee Dripper
  • Filter papers
  • Grinder
  • Digital scale
  • Timer
  • Kettle or urn
  • Spoon or bamboo paddle
  • 345 grams of Water (Plus 15g for pre-rinse)

At a glance

  • Brew time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • The ratio of coffee to water: 1:15

How to make 

1. Grind your coffee beans and boil some water.

Before you begin brewing coffee, you need to grind the beans. Almost every brew guide calls for a 1:15 ratio of coffee to water – and we’re no exception. This Clever coffee dripper recipe calls for 23g of coffee and 345g of water. The other 15g is used to pre-rinse the filter just before adding brewing grounds.

Weigh out 23 grams of coffee and grind until it is a medium-coarse grind. Your clever dripper requires a grind that is similar to the French press, but slightly finer.

Heat 400 grams of water with a temperature range between 195ºF – 200ºF.

2. The Clever Dripper should be prepped with a paper filter before it’s filled with coffee grounds. Rinse out any papery taste by pouring hot water through the machine and don’t forget to drain this water before carrying on with the brew! 

It’s important to rinse the filter paper before every use to avoid altering the taste of your coffee and get the delicious flavour notes of your coffee, 

3. Place Clever coffee dripper, with pre-wet filter paper on scales, add ground coffee and tare the weight.

4. Pour 345 grams of your coffee’s brewing water and place the lid on top to keep the heat in. There is no special pour or bloom required; your goal should be to immerse all the coffee grounds fully.

5. As your coffee brews, a layer of crust will form on the top of your coffee. At around a minute after your pour, use a spoon/ paddle to stir your brew to break up the crust and ensure all the grounds are fully immersed. Just give the brew a gentle stir enough to break any “crust” of grounds floating at the top of the coffee.

6. Let Your Coffee Draw Down.

Just after two and a half minutes, it’s time to draw down your coffee. Remove the Clever Dripper from the scale and place it over a carafe. This should take 30-45 seconds – giving the coffee enough time to “draw down” through the dripper while leaving the grounds in the filter. Make sure you have a big enough carafe to avoid spilling your fresh brew.


How much coffee do you use in a clever dripper?

Clever coffee dripper, just like other brew guides, accepts a 1:15 coffee-to-water ratio.

How do you clean a Clever Coffee Dripper?

After every use, it’s essential to clean a coffee dripper with hot water and let it dry. This way, all parts – including the inner valve – remain relatively clean.

Sometimes, it’s good to clean it more thoroughly by taking the dripper apart. This obviously makes it much easier to clean the valve and all the rubber parts. 

Why Is your coffee not strong enough or is too strong?

Adjusting the ratio of ground coffee to water can change how strong your coffee is. If your coffee isn’t as strong as you would like, consider adding more ground coffee. Conversely, for a cup that’s a bit too strong, feel free to disobey the brew guides and subtract a gram or so.


If you’re looking for a coffeemaker that is both easy to use and fast– then we suggest the Clever Dripper. After a few brews, you’ll have a feel for the timing and process that works best for you. Enjoy your clean, full-bodied, delicious cup of coffee made with the Clever pour-over coffee dripper.

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