Little known fact: the clever dripper is one of the most magical of all brewing apparatuses, plus it's quick and makes a great cup of coffee. Our resident caffeine magi, Courtney, is going to show us how harness the powers of the Clever for this next installment (peep the full IGTV episode via @moderntimescoffee).


  • Clever Dripper
  • Paper Filters (Malita size #4 or similar)
  • Cup
  • Scale 
  • Spoon
  • Kettle 
  • Timer
  • Coffee (recommended: Black House Blend)
  • 300g of hot water
brew at home: clever dripper
Illustrations by Courtney



Between 2:30-3:00 min


  • Rinse your filter to get rid of the paper taste. Discard rinse water. 
  • Grind your coffee. It should be a medium/fine grind (similar to what you’d do for a V60).
  • Set your ground coffee aside.
  • Pour the 300g of water into your Clever.
  • Add the ground coffee to the water and give it a little stir...Not too much!
  • Steep for 2 minutes.
  • At 2 minutes, break the crust--you want as much coffee as possible to fall to the bottom, creating a bed for the water to pass through, which allows an even extraction. Either stir it or shake it a little.
  • After 30 seconds of the coffee falling down to the bottom, it’s time to brew.
  • Place the Clever on top of your cup and let the extraction begin! 
  • The extraction time will be just around 1 minute, and you will be left with a flat bed of grounds in the filter.
  • Enjoy!


  • Perfect blend of immersion and pour-over brewing techniques.
  • Paper filter helps create a clean cup.
  • Recipe is quick and the clean-up is easy.
  • End result is a cup with an amazing texture and sweetness. 
  • The Clever also lets you brew tea and iced coffee!


I feel like the specialty coffee world was hiding this method from me. I have no idea why, because this has now become one of my favorite methods. It’s so easy and doesn’t require a lot of focus--like so many other brewing methods--but still yields an amazing cup of coffee. All you really need to make a good cup is good coffee, good water, and the right grind. And, as always, have fun with it; every coffee is different, don’t be afraid to mess with the grind and go finer. You’ll know you’ve gone too fine when your coffee is bitter. I picked our Black House Blend for this because it is truly one of my favorite coffees. We get a lot of great ones, but I always go back to our Black House. It’s 90% natural Ethiopia, 10% Papua New Guinea; think berry explosion with a hint of milk chocolate. That’s really all I want in a coffee sometimes. I like this coffee for the Clever because it highlights its smooth, natural sweetness with a really kick-ass texture.

Catch the entire Brew at Home series on IGTV.