Clever Brewing Ideas

The clever is a hybrid between an immersion and percolation method. It is shaped like a pour over, but has a mechanism that locks and holds water until it is placed on a vessel.  Then the water pours through like a percolation device. This is just about the simplest way to balance body and clarity in your coffee. The full immersion rounds out the body, while the paper filter holds back enough to not overwhelm qualities that might not come through in a french press.

What you need: 

Clever 

Filter

Ground Coffee

Vessel for Coffee

Kettle (preferable gooseneck) 

Timer 

Gram Scale 

 

How to brew:

Grind: medium-coarse

Starting ratio: 1:14

Time: 3 minutes

Option A (Basic):

1. Start by folding the filter seams flat, then inserting into the cone. 

2. Place the cone on a mug or other vessel so that the valve is released. Rinse with hot water and let drain thoroughly. 

3. Place the cone on a level surface, so the valve is disengaged. 

4. Add weighed coffee, tare your scale to 0g, and start your timer. 

5. Pour 50g of water over the grounds, just wetting them all.  This is called the bloom.  Let the coffee bloom and expand a bit for about 30-45 seconds before continuing your brew.   This allows the coffee to release some gases before you continue to saturate the grounds.  

6. Use a circular pour to wet all the grounds evenly without pouring onto the filter directly. 

7. At three minutes place the brewer onto your mug so that it engages the valve and starts straining the coffee. Give the top a gentle stir to free up grounds on the filter, and then let it brew through. 

8. Compost the grounds and the filter! 

9. Enjoy. 

 

Option B (More Advanced):

1. Start by folding the filter seams flat, then inserting into the cone. 

2. Place the cone on a mug or other vessel so that the valve is released. Rinse with hot water and let drain thoroughly.

3. Place the cone on a level surface, so the valve is disengaged.

4. Add 25g  coffee, tare your scale to 0g, and start your timer. 

5. Pour 50g of water over the grounds, just wetting them all.  This is called the bloom.  Let the coffee bloom and expand a bit for about 30-45 seconds before continuing your brew.   This allows the coffee to release some gases before you continue to saturate the grounds. 

7. Use a circular pour 200g of water evenly without pouring onto the filter directly. 

8. At 2:30 minutes place the clever on a cup or vessel to engage the valve.  Give the top a gentle stir to free up grounds on the filter.

9. Pour 75-100g of water through in the same circular pattern. Wait for all the coffee to drain through. 

10. Compost the coffee grounds and filter.

11. Enjoy! 
 

Things to try:

Does blooming the coffee change anything?

Is the flavor different if your water is just below boiling vs 205 degrees?

How does adjusting the ratio affect the flavor?

 

Be sure to:

Fold the filter at both the side and bottom seams to ensure a good fit in the brewer

Give it a good rinse with hot water immediately after use

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