HOW TO MAKE A DRIPPER COFFEE - DISCOVER HOW TO USE A COFFEE DRIPPER IN DIFFERENT WAYS
If you’re wondering how to use a coffee dripper, the principles are very simple but you’ll see from Rubin and Ian there are some differences in style... Rubin brings a coffee roaster’s precision while Ian takes an informal approach
Ian explains that drip coffee has has grown massively in popularity – and if you’re wondering what the difference is between pour over coffee and drip coffee, the answer is that they’re the same thing. You can invest in the simplest Coffee Dripper or V Dripper from £5-ish or you can upgrade to the Clever Dripper which allows the coffee to brew before it filters through. We asked Ian how to make pour over coffee without a dripper and he suggested the traditional cowboy’s favourite of using a sock as a filter. None of us fancied that so the focus here is on making a filter coffee with a V dripper.
The coffee dripper is an honourable method. Along with the Aeropress, it is used in Barista competitions and to brew coffee for cupping (professional tasting).
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Let's make a V Dripper/Pour over coffee (Ian’s not too fancy version):
- your preferred cup
- a dripper with a paper filter (or a permanent filter)
- some medium ground coffee (either grind fresh coffee beans or use pre ground coffee)
- Kettle of hot water
Ian explains how he makes his drip coffee
- Boil water
- Put V-dripper (or whatever you like to call it) on top of your cup
- Place paper filer (or permafilter in it)
- Pour a little hot water around the inside of the filter paper - this sticks it to the V dripper, rinses the paper and warms all the bits you want warm
- Empty the water out of the cup
- Measure your coffee - I'm using 12g which is 2 level scoops for my favourite Steve Mc Queen mug
- Put the coffee in the bottom of the filter and shake it gently to settle it
- Pour a little water over the grounds just to soak them and let them bloom - wait 20-30 seconds
- Now carefully pour the water over the grounds SLOWLY in a circular pattern, trying to soak all the coffee.
- Keep repeating the step above, checking how full the cup is and keep going until you have as much as you want
- Wait for it to cool a bit - enjoy a great tasting cup of coffee
Remember to be cognisant so you can reproduce results and adjust amount of coffee used, grind*, amount of water used and how quickly you are pouring it to vary the outcome.
*If you have a grinder, you can adjust your grind to get different strengths and flavour extraction otherwise, our Brilliant Raccoon, Hectic Hamster, Partied out Panda, and Fancy Cat ground coffees will be a good general starting point. To be honest though, if you're going to try these 4, you should get one of our fabulous coffee starter sets and get all 5 Coffee Buddies plus a free organic cotton bag.
NOW, HOW TO MAKE A DRIPPER COFFEE, RUBIN STYLE
Can you spot the differences?
Rubin says that making a Dripper coffee gives him a moment to pause. It's a process that you can't hurry. He describes it as a fusion of science and meditation which lets every flavour note come through without distraction.
As a roaster, he says he loves the way that a V dripper lets the freshness of the coffee really pull through. He finds he can easily taste every note and his coffee is free from any residues that detract from him enjoying every last drop.
Rubin also enjoys technical stuff so he applies precision to the process when he’s using a coffee dripper.
Gather together your trusty Dripper and filter paper, coffee beans and a grinder, a kettle, stirrer, scales and the timer on your phone. Just like Ian, Rubin has picked Hectic Hamster for the brew.
Rubin’s desire for precision requires a quick maths lesson! Today, it’s about ratios. The Golden Ratio for your coffee is 1:15 coffee to water.
Measure the water and boil it. Then measure the coffee and grind it – on the finer side of coarse. To measure, Rubin suggests weighing the water and coffee to get the ratio of 1:15 – if your coffee container holds 1 litre, weigh out 60g of ground coffee and then 900g of water and see how that goes. If your container is about a cup, weigh 15g of coffee and 240g of water.
Put your filter in the coffee dripper and put the dripper onto your coffee container. To avoid a papery tasting coffee, moisten the filter with water and discard the water that runs into the container. Then add the coffee to the V dripper, saturate it in water and allow 30 seconds for it to bloom. This step lets the carbon dioxide escape from the coffee (you see, I really am a coffee nerd ha ha!).
Next, here comes the art! Pour the remaining water into the dripper in a slow, circulating motion to agitate the coffee grounds. This may take more than one pour. Stir the coffee after one pour (but not for the following ones) and allow the water to drip into the container below. Your total brew time should be 2-4 minutes.
Rubin has some top tips if you find you have problems with your drip coffee…
Your coffee might taste weak and thin if your grind is too coarse or there is too little coffee in the brewer. The brew time will probably be quick too. On the other hand your coffee might taste burnt and sludgy because your grind is too thin and your brew time too slow.
So Rubin’s advice is to play with the golden ratio and your coffee grind for perfect results!
Whether you tend towards the scientific method or a more casual approach, we hope you’ll find the perfect technique so you can brew drip coffee that you love. Remember you can easily use your coffee dripper for camping and you can let your coffee drip on ice for delicious flash free iced coffee.
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Updated from an original post in July 2020