Clever Dripper

The Clever Dripper is a hybrid-style brewing method that combines pourover water flow and filtration with full immersion brewing like a French Press. The result is full flavor free of sediment. We find that it’s the easiest way to make a great cup of coffee, especially for people who want better quality without the attention required by other methods.

You Will Need: Clever Dripper | Paper Filter | Coffee Grinder | Kettle
The following items are what we like to use and are available through Amazon by clicking on the images. Additional suggestions are provided at the bottom of the page.
Clever Dripper

#4 Size Filters

Coffee Grinder
Electric KettleElectric Kettle

Measure a bit more water than the amount that fills a 10 ounce mug.
Heat to about 205˚ Fahrenheit or boil and let cool a bit before brewing.


Fold the seams of the filter. This helps it sit in the dripper better.


Pour a bit of the extra water you heated to soak the filter.
Swish this water to preheat your mug and discard.


Measure a healthy tablespoon of beans (approx. 16-18 grams).
Grind to the coarseness of coarse salt.


Remove the dripper from your mug and place on a flat surface.
Add the ground coffee.


Pour water in a circular motion to saturate all the grounds.
Stop when you get to about 1″ from the top.


Using a spoon, press down on any dry grounds to fully saturate the coffee.


Cover and set a timer for 3 minutes.



Remove the cover and give the coffee a good swirl with a spoon.


Place dripper on your mug and appreciate how “clever” your brewed coffee fills your cup.


Enjoy your hybrid full-immersion / pourover-style coffee!


Choices are a good thing! Here are more suggestions for items you might want in your coffee cabinet.

GRINDERS: A blade grinder is inexpensive, compact, and beats using a hammer but burr grinders produce more uniform and consistent grounds and allow you to set the size of your grind.

Small & Economical
Good Quality & Easy to Use
Pro Choice for Home

KETTLES: Sure, you can just heat up a pot of water but features like a gooseneck are invaluable for accurate pouring, electric kettles are more user-friendly than stove top, and temperature controls help you nail the proper temps for ideal brewing (the kettle shown at the top of the page incorporates all of these features).

Affordable Stovetop
Plug-In Convenience
Our Top Pick!


Reusable Cloth Filter
Reusable Stainless Steel Filter