We have been asked a lot of questions about which coffee brewer is the right one for our subscribers. Our typical answer would be, it all depends on what sort of character they are looking for in their cup of coffee. However, it gets tricky when we ask them that question. The answer we get is mostly “I’m not sure”.
We have put together a brief guide that details three brew methods that we use at the HQ. We also include difficulty level, benefits and drawbacks, as well as the resulting flavour.
1. Clever Dripper
Difficulty Level: Easy
Due to its simplicity, we brew coffee with this gear at the HQ almost all the time. If you are a multitasking kind of person and don’t really have much time to brew coffee, this method is the way to go. This gear has the same principle as a french press: immerse the coffee in water for a period of time. During that long period of waiting, you can do something else like putting on your shoes, brushing your kids’ teeth, mowing the lawn, or perhaps running for president.
Taste: Full flavoured and clear. Due to the full-immersion, the resulting coffee is full bodied, yet embodies the clarity of drip method.
2. Hario V60
Difficulty Level: Normal
Price: IDR60k IDR600k (depending on material)
V60 is one of the most iconic manual brewing methods out there. We think compared to Clever Dripper, this method requires more patience and experimentation. There are many variables to tweak, including grind size & water temperature, so it may take a few trials and errors to get the best flavour out of this method. This is the perfect method when you have plenty of time to perform a coffee brewing ritual on the weekend. Trust us, when you have achieved the intended flavour, you will feel awesome.
Taste: Light, clear, and bold. Easier to identify individual flavours of the coffee.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Price: IDR 590k
Fun to use, good looking, and in trend. You will surely impress your friends at house parties with this one. This gear allows you to experiment with two different methods, both involving application of air pressure to extract the rich flavours from the coffee.
Taste: Clean, smooth, and complex. The taste profile can vary remarkably depending on the method used.
4. Burr Grinder
Before closing this article, we want to remind you about the importance of owning a grinder at home. You can maintain the freshness of your coffee longer by buying whole beans and only grind it before you brew it. Over time, ground coffee will lose its aroma. You don’t want to end up with stale coffee, do you? We also have mentioned that experimentation is important too. With a grinder, you can adjust your grind setting anytime, to get the best flavour out of your coffee. We do not recommend buying one of those blade grinders from the kitchen section at the local supermarket. Buy a burr grinder instead to get consistent grind size. Here are a few burr grinders that we think is perfect for home brewers:
Hario Slim Hand Grinder IDR 500k
Porlex Hand Grinder IDR 750k
Latina Electric Grinder IDR 1,4mio
Baratza Encore IDR 2,3mio
So, which one do you think is the right one for you? Or perhaps, you have tried them all? Let us know in the comments below or head to our Instagram.