Change Your Life for the Better: Coffee Time

I’m not a coffee “guru” or aficionado or any kind of expert, but I am one important thing: an addict. I also have little patience for exotic brewing techniques, though I also frequently burn my coffee on the old-school Mr. Coffee brewer and generally get annoyed. That is, that was the case until I found the solution: The Clever Coffee Dripper. Forgive me for this (entirely unsolicited commercial), but I assure you that the quality (and quantity) of my caffeine intake is not unrelated to this website.

The device is simple, which is what I like about it. It’s literally just a cup that has a gravity held seal at the bottom; you insert a filter into the top along with hot water, and then put the dripper on top of a cup and — voila — you have coffee in your cup, and the grinds are easy to throw away. This all sounds shockingly silly and simple until one remembers the great lengths (and often expense) of brewing decent coffee. (And often the expense of brewing mediocre or bad coffee is even greater, given that Keurig machines cost around $200 bucks and your per-coffee cost hovers just shy of a dollar per cup. (Link is to a PDF.)) Here is a quick video showing how simple this little guy is:

So I highly recommend this (this post is purely out of my affection for this thing, as I am currently drinking a cup of its product), and much of my recent content, going back to the fall, can be credited in part to this device. You can check it out here, though if you Google for it you can find additional information elsewhere.

  • http://twitter.com/TacoHole Troy Coll

    Simple, cheap, and makes a great cup of coffee. My local fancypants coffee shop uses this technique with their fancypants coffee beans for serving made-to-order drip coffee.

    At home I use an Aeropress; similar concept, but uses a vacuum plunger to get a little more out of the grounds: http://aerobie.com/products/aeropress.htm

  • Evan Hartman

    I teach high school math (and coach Football) and this style of brewer keeps me sane. I actually use a melitta pour-over filter (which is essentially the same as this one, but without the seal on the top). It cost me $3 and I pay about $0.50 per cup of truly great coffee. I just use an electric tea kettle to boil water between classes.

    In addition, my students tell me that my room smells “heavenly”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Hall/100000665031766 Charles Hall

    A french press is also very efficient. This system seems nice because it looks easier to clean.

  • http://mountainerd.wordpress.com/ James

    The French Press is a Godsend. I wouldn’t have made it through the last three years of work and school, and still have the energy to diagram series after series of Airraid plays without one.

  • Cromulent

    I used to think about this stuff. Then I tried dropping coffee in favor of Yerba Mate tea. All the caffeine kick without the nasty catecholamines. With nice theobromine thrown in for good measure. Definitely a better drug. Give it a shot.

  • http://twitter.com/TacoHole Troy Coll

    LOVE yerba mate. I agree that it give a more balanced, less jittery high than coffee or espresso. Also it can be prepared a bunch of different ways – I like mint and lemon juice in mine.

  • Cromulent

    The problem I have is that most of the formulations I see in my local health food store are just that; formulations. I don’t want my YM mixed with add’l sweeteners or other teas.

    And one other issue. You can’t use water that is too hot. Or you end up destroying YM’s good qualities. I understand the perfect temp is about 195.

    In the end its worth it. All of the upside and little to none of the downside. I do skip a couple days a week to avoid adrenal exhaustion.

  • http://twitter.com/TacoHole Troy Coll

     Oh yeah. I stick to the Guayaki dried mate for the most part. Their line of bottled teas is good too; nothing too weird in them but most of them do have added sugar.

    The temperature thing is a problem for coffee too (flavor-wise, at least), even if a lot of coffee drinkers don’t realize it :D

    I’ve been gradually reducing my daily caffeine intake for a few weeks now. I’m down to 25mg in the morning and that’s it. Trying to cut it out entirely on a daily basis so I can get a proper jolt from it when I need it rather than just taking maintenance doses every day.

  • http://twitter.com/TacoHole Troy Coll

     Oh yeah. I stick to the Guayaki dried mate for the most part. Their line of bottled teas is good too; nothing too weird in them but most of them do have added sugar.

    The temperature thing is a problem for coffee too (flavor-wise, at least), even if a lot of coffee drinkers don’t realize it :D

    I’ve been gradually reducing my daily caffeine intake for a few weeks now. I’m down to 25mg in the morning and that’s it. Trying to cut it out entirely on a daily basis so I can get a proper jolt from it when I need it rather than just taking maintenance doses every day.

  • http://twitter.com/Rldinvestments Ryan

    I love a great cup of coffee. Funny how we get all high-tech with things in the name of speed or supposedly quality, yet we end up coming back to the old ways which were better all along.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7BXLIWM2YSXJZ2VAG27KR7NCMY Texas

    I had just found a new coffee roaster in town who brews in in a very similar way, best coffee I’ve had.  Shortly after I read your Clever Dripper write-up.  Ordered one from Amazon….I love it.  So far (4 days) it has been great.   Thanks.