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The unit really is a combo of French press and drip. It is easy to use and produces excellent coffee. No mess!
I love this coffee maker. Not long ago I was doing a half perked half drip coffee. It was a complicated, long winded process using the stove and non electric drip coffee maker. This does what I was trying to get back then with ease!!! I mix my roasts a bit.. .90% medium roast, then I add a small touch of fine grind Italian and maybe a pinch of dark roast. Add the water, pop on the lid and hit the timer. While I am waiting the four minutes for it to brew/steep I tweak my breakfast. Then just pop it on my cup and viola!
I had an electric drip coffee maker and since then strongly believe they should be outlawed for how bad they are and the fact millions of them end up in landfills. I used an Areopress for a couple years and though I liked it the process felt too fiddly and pressing it through took a bit of awkward pushing. Hard to multi-task with it. My normal non-electric drip system was ok but not the same smooth full bodied flavor. I even went through a couple of vintage electric percolators and really liked them for the smoothness I got. I have to say though this Clever Dripper is my new all time favorite by a long shot. I have been able to amp up my coffee consumption to at least three strong ones a day now. My goal is to get two or three more. Then when I have guests they can all mix up their own combinations. I am quite picky when it comes to how long things look like they will last and I have to say this looks very well made. Best coffee maker I have ever had.
Oh and frenchpresscoffee.com seems to be a very cool company to deal with!! I got mine shipped up here to Canada and it came very fast. I love the feel of their website also. I look forward to dealing with these guys again!!! Whoa!!! its coffee time!!! Then I got to hit the sack.
The clever dipper produces great taste--what else is important? It's relatively easy to clean: just dump the paper filter and rinse. I had a few issues: the paper tore once; the silicon seal is not perfect, so it continues to drip; the coaster has a chip in it already and I don't remember dropping it, not hard anyway.