It has been a frustrating past week brewing with the Clever Dripper. I have been blaming my brewing technique, and even the brewing method itself when the issue at hand is so far off.
Surprisingly, it isn’t that I am doing something wrong. I am not brewing an over-extracted, or even an under-extracted cup, but instead I realized that coming from the AeroPress I had high expectations for what the coffee should taste like in the Clever without even realizing I had expectations for it in the first place.
I only realized this when I couldn’t stop bickering about how poorly a coffee tasted, and how the acidity and high fruit notes I had tasted from the AeroPress with a coffee weren’t coming through in the Clever.
I think using the AeroPress for as long as I did without playing with other brewing methods made me forget that every brew method will bring out something different in a coffee. I was not liking the coffee produced in the Clever not because it’s a bad brewing method, but because my thoughts were clouded with expectations that should not have been there in the first place.
Now that I figured out the problem I have now been able to finally enjoy the Clever for what it can bring to the table. I take back all my complaints. The Clever makes some damn fine cups of coffee.
I’m excited to share with you all some of the ratios I have been experimenting with and my thoughts. Keep a look out for that coming soon.
Have a good one!