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How to Start Brewing At Home

Posted by Keith Yee on

Coffee is a necessary thing for most of the people. Some people just enjoy drinking it but for others this is not enough, they are interested in learning how to prepare it so they can enjoy wherever they are. However, it can be troublesome for a coffee lover to head down to a café, especially in the morning when you are getting ready for work or school, so here are my tips to start you off brewing at home with just a few simple tools.

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Many of my friends and customers have asked me this question, 'How can I brew a coffee at home that tastes delicious whilst not spending too much money on coffee equipment?' My answer is always the same, go buy a Clever Coffee Dripper (CCD) and a good bag of CMCR coffee! The CCD is suitable for every beginner because it doesn’t require too much technique and the cost is relatively low. All you need to have is a CCD, paper filter, a stirrer, delicious coffee and you are good to go!

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So a little about the CCD, firstly it brews coffee in what we call the immersion method. This method allows you to control the steeping time while brewing, resulting in a much more balanced cup compared to other brewing methods.

Once you take your CCD out it’s box, you’ll notice it has a release valve at the bottom of the brewer which unlocks when pushed and allows the water to start dripping when you place it on a cup. You’ll also see it comes with lid which keeps the heat in the brewer, so you can have a lovely hot cup of coffee every time! The CCD is also lightweight and portable so you can enjoy the same great coffee at home, work or even on holidays.

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Here’s my recommend recipe and a list of the tools you’ll need:

Paper filter
Scale (Optional but if you want a consistent cup is worth the investment)
Stirrer (a kitchen spoon will do)
Boiling Water
Delicious coffee (roasted for filter and CMCR of course!)

Once you have all these, here how to start brewing:

  1. Place your CCD on either your scale or worktop but do not place on your cup yet otherwise you’ll release the valve!
  2. Fold the paper filter according to the line on the side and place it nicely in the CCD.
  3. Rinse the paper filter with hot water to get rid of the papery taste and warm up the brewer.
  4. Put 15g of ground coffee into the CCD (medium coarse grind size – ask your barista for a filter grind if you don’t have your own grinder).
  5. Pour 250g of hot water into your CCD (or equivalent 1:16 ratio).
  6. Stir 5 times and put the lid on.
  7. Allow to steep for 2:15 minutes.
  8. Take off the lid and stir 5 times.
  9. Now place your CCD on your cup to release the valve and let it drip.
  10. Sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of joy!

It's really that easy! This is my recommended recipe but you may find you like it slightly stronger or weaker depending on the type of coffee you have. Why not have an experiment at home to see what works for you? remember consistency is the key so having a scale and a home grinder will mean you can repeat your recipe again and again.

Did you know that you can also brew cold coffee at home using a CCD? check out our blog for our method and enjoy a delicious cold brew made by you!

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Clever Coffee Dripper Brew Guide

Posted by Matthew Patrick McLauchlan on

When comparing different brewing devices, there are two main attributes to focus on: the mechanism for brewing the coffee and the method for filtering the grounds out of the coffee. The mechanism for brewing, or brewing style, will impact the flavour of the brew as well as the parameters you have available to tweak.

Essentially, every device will put some constraints on you as a barista. For example a pourover will constrain you to a reasonably short brew time (as water is constantly leaving the device), while a syphon will constrain you to using fairly hot water in order to stabilize the top temperature. The filtering method will mainly impact the body of the brew. A metal filter will let through a fair amount of sediment and oil into the cup, leaving you with a full body, but potentially a bit of graininess or roughness in the texture. A paper filter will clean up the body, removing sediment and providing clarity, while a cloth filter will be cleaner still. When people ask me what the best brewer is, I always ask “Well, what do you want to do with your coffee?”

Enter the Clever Coffee Dripper (CCD). In terms of the brew style, it is what’s known as a “steep-and-release” brewer. Although it looks like a pourover, the valve in the bottom means the coffee can be constantly immersed in all of the brew water, before a short drawdown phase, giving it more in common with immersion style brewers such as the humble plunger. Because of this, the brewer is very easy to use and also very repeatable. The valve makes it possible to tweak certain parameters in isolation from each other. In a Kalita, for example, changing the grind size will also change the brew time. With the CCD we can tweak these separately, along with temperature and agitation levels, to dial in the coffee super quickly and get drinking. We’re also able to avoid some variables which are difficult to control, like the pour rate and amount of agitation during pouring. By removing these from the equation we can get more consistent results at home or between a bunch of different baristas in a shop.

To sum up, the CCD is a very accessible brewer. It’s easy to use, but also a powerful and versatile tool in our search for the perfect cup. Time to get clever.


Great brewed coffee should be complex, satisfying and clean. But most of all, it should be easy to repeat! Here’s a good starting point for a rockin’ Clever Coffee Dripper (CCD) brew:


  • 15g of your favourite filter roast coffee (lighter than espresso)
  • 250g (or ml) of filtered water
  • … or adjust to a Coffee Brew Ratio of 16:1 (brew water : coffee)
  • Target TDS: 1.23% — 1.48%


  • CCD
  • Filter papers
  • Grinder
  • Digital scale
  • Timer
  • Kettle or urn
  • Carafe for decanting


1. Bring your kettle to the appropriate temp (~94°C).
2. Insert filter paper into CCD.
3. Use hot water to thoroughly rinse filter paper and preheat device.
4. Grind 15g of coffee at a medium coarseness (18-22 on a Baratza grinder).
5. Place CCD with pre-wet filter paper on the scale, add ground coffee and tare the weight.
6. Pour 50g of 94°C brewing water over the first 15 seconds. This allows the grinds to release the gas they contain and makes it easier to integrate them in to the brew while pouring.
7. Wait 15 seconds before pouring another 200g of brewing water over 15 seconds (during 0:30-1:00) in a steady circular motion.
8. At 2:15, drain into a carafe or pot.
9. After all liquid has dispensed, discard the used filter paper and rinse CCD. Clever_7
10. Sit back, relax and sip your deliciously brewed coffee.

To get your hands on a Clever Coffee Dripper for home, you can grab one from our online shop. If you’re keen to rock one of these tools in your cafe, then just mention it when you place your next order and we’ll pop one in with your next coffee delivery.

This article was originally published on the Five Senses Coffee website: Clever Coffee Dripper Brew Guide.

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