[Homeroast] Clever (was cool water)

John Nordling john.nordling at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 13:20:32 CST 2014

I don't know, but I think it partly boils down to preference.  I like the
clever better than my single cup pour-over, probably because it's closer to
French Press than drip.

However, I think I like my Chemex best of all the brewing methods I've
used.   Don't know why.  It's a clean cup, that might be part of it.

French press is right in there for a quality brew too, though I'm not that
fond of chewing the last couple swallows from my cup, so I tend to only use
my press when I'm camping.

I've never had vacuum brewer coffee made by someone who really knows how to
do it.  I bought one, and tried that method for months, but never
(consistently) got something I really loved out of it (I had a constant
struggle with pulling the coffee back down through the filter fast enough -
I have improved my chaff removal process since then, and I should probably
revisit the method to see if it goes better now).  I do love the process of
that method, but it was too hard for me to get consistency (or rather
consistently good).

I used to have a Cuisinart drip machine (still do, but it's been in the
garage unused for a year or two).  I suspect it ran on the cold side, but
it made better coffee than most of the lower budget drip machines out
there.  I didn't know about Technivorm or Behmor at the time, but if I ever
buy another electric brewer, I'll probably spring for the Technivorm.

The joy of espresso brewing still eludes me.  I've had great espresso (and
it was amazing), but I haven't the time or resources to put into it for
myself.  Maybe someday I'll pull the pin and get something besides my
little stovetop Ikea espresso pot.


"Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all."   Neutral Milk
Hotel, *In the Aeroplane Over the Sea*

Email:  john.nordling at gmail.com

On Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM, Sandy Andina <sandraandina at me.com> wrote:

> Speaking of Clever (my version's a Hario from Whole Foods), why does
> pour-over drip made that way taste SOOO much better than made from a
> single-cup Melitta, all other things being equal: pour technique, beans,
> freshness, grind, water, filters (whether I use Hario, Melitta or generic
> #2)? Is it the bigger open hole at the bottom, the slanted striations, or
> rationalization (i.e., reinforcing and justifying my decision to buy the
> thing)?

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