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The Clever Coffee Dripper Revisited

The Clever Coffee Dripper Revisited

Dec. 17, 2015

We see cases of Clever Coffee Drippers every day here in the Sweet Maria's warehouse. They scoot around on pallets carried by our forklift, our warehouse crew affixes shipping labels to them countless times a week and our stock of them looks like a life-sized lego castle wall. You'd think we would be completely sick of them by now but we have loved Clevers since we began importing them over 5 years ago.

It's one of our favorite brewers because it doesn't require a special brewing technique to get an excellent cup. It's simple to use and simple to clean. "Clever" couldn't be a more appropriate word to describe it's functionality. There's only one moving part. The base doubles as a plug so when you place the dripper on your cup, the base goes up and your coffee goes down...into your mug.

Non-electric coffee brewers seem to ride the wave of their own hype and are dismissed once a new form of brewing is popularized. Remember when cafes and restaurants each had a fleet of French presses lined up? One day, the now popular ceramic drip cone will be a thing of the past too. This doesn't mean that French presses and drip cones stop making great coffee once people stop Instagramming them and foodie magazines stop featuring them in their holiday gift guides.

So after the past few years, we still feel the Clever makes excellent coffee and we wanted to dig up a few older Clever-related articles for you, to celebrate our favorite plastic (BPA-free) brewer.

 

The Inside Scoop

Being a smart shopper, you have probably gone online and seen different versions of the Clever Dripper at different prices. The world of internet selling and reselling can be a modern day wild west. Here's why you should buy Clevers from authorized resellers and how you can tell the difference between the Clevers we sell and the older ones floating around the internet.

Clever vs. Technivorm

This is more of a comparison than a competition since they are two completely different brewers that accommodate two very different brewing needs. This article is from our old paper-turned-digital newsletter called Tiny Joy.

Oh so Clever

When Chris Schooley attended a brewing event at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)'s headquarters, the participants took notes not only about the way different brewers made coffee but recorded their thoughts regarding the moods of different methods and even compared them to different brands of shoes. The Clever ended up being the favorite brewer but for some reason got compared to Converse Chucks....good thing shoe comparisons aren't a standard judging method.