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Clever Cleaning

Clever Cleaning
Feb. 10, 2017
We have been selling the Clever Coffee Dripper for about a decade now and during that time, we have gotten pretty familiar with it. It's always a great and simple way to brew an excellent cup of coffee. It's made of BPA-free plastic and and it has a little flex to it so it can withstand some drops and rough handling.
Here's a few ways to give your Clever Coffee Dripper the proper care it deserves.
Give it a good rinse after you are done brewing coffee.  As long as you don't let coffee dry and turn into residue inside the nooks and crannies, a good hot water rinse will keep your Clever clean.

You don't have to wash it every time you use it. Pour over brewers like the Clever don't need to be scrubbed down all the time since it takes a lot of brewing for coffee oils to build up. Occasionally wiping between the ridges with a soft sponge and some warm mildly soapy water should keep any coffee build-up from happening. Oh yeah, don't put it in the dishwasher. The Clever's crystal clear appearance will turn hazy from all the heat.

Clean the gasket if your Clever is dripping when it's not supposed to. The upper gasket, when removed, looks like a tire for a toy car. If you look closely at the upper, inside edge, you will notice a thin, little flange. This flange is the secret to the Clever Dripper's liquid stopping power. If your Clever is leaking, remove the gasket and take a good look. There might be a rogue coffee ground or some piece of who-knows-what stuck in there. Rinse it out under warm water. Don't use anything that would damage the thin silicone. If you end up with a damaged gasket (whether it it's your fault or not, email us at [email protected] and we'll send you a new set).

Use cleaners at your discretion. Some people use vinegar. Some people use lemon juice. Some people don't use anything at all (yuck). We think Oxiclean does a good job but someone on Youtube told us that it affects the taste of their coffee. If you decide to use a cleaner (yes, soap is a cleaner) be sure to give every edge and corner a thorough rinse to avoid adding a soapy flavor note to your coffee. In the video below, Tom explains some Clever cleaning basics. FYI, the opaque, black Clever was a test model from the manufacturer.

  1. Laurie
    June 18, 2018
    THANK YOU. My Clever has gotten drippy and this is just what I needed.
  2. George
    July 21, 2019
    Hey, nice post! I ve been looking about this topic because no matter the grind size, brew ratio, contact time, etc. whenever I brew a coffee in my clever I get a particular aroma and taste(which I can smell in the brewer itself btw). It's kind of hard to describe it since it's an off flavor to me but if you I had to, I guess, I would say something like plastic or tire. I suspect that it could be from use and coffee residue. Any ideas?
    1. Byron from Sweet Maria's Coffee
      July 24, 2019
      We suggest cleaning it with some soap and water or even oxyclean, that should remove any residue or off smells or tastes.