Filtercone Coffee Brewers

Manual pour-over drip brewing is one of the cheapest, easiest ways to make great coffee. All you need is a pack of good quality paper (or hemp) filters, a filtercone holder, and a way to heat water. With a manual method, you can be assured the water is 200 degrees (unlike most auto-drip machines), and that the grounds are thoroughly wet. If you don't have a stove handy, you can use an electric kettle.

Pour-over brewing has seen a lot of attention in recent years, and suddenly it seems there are a lot of filtercones to choose from. We carry thermoplastic dripper cones, two kinds of porcelain drip cones too, and now, the Clever Coffee Dripper. Which filtercone to choose? You can make good coffee with all of them; depending on the number of holes in the filter (or the drip stop mechanism with the Clever Coffee Dripper), you may need to use a slightly different method with each cone. The Clever Coffee Dripper requires the least amount of technique - it is sort of idiot proof. The more holes a filtercone has, the more you need to take care in how you add the water, essentially adding water slowly and carefully to maintain the thermal mass of the coffee and draw out the infusion time.

We have a revised page on Brewing Fundamentals that reflects some of the more recent thinking about coffee brewing. And I just wrote a Drip Brewing Tip Sheet.

Looking for paper filters? They are now on their own Paper Filter page Need roasted coffee? We have Regular and Espresso Roasted Coffee


Clever Coffee Dripper - A full immersion brewing method

I am really excited about this little filtercone; I think it greatly improves the quality of the coffee you brew. And it is so simple! You get full flavor extraction every time and good body.

It differs from a normal filtercone by way of a stopper added to the bottom: water only drains once the filtercone is placed onto a cup. In essence, that means the Clever Coffee Dripper combines the best features of French press and filter drip brewing, eliminating the drawbacks of each. With French press brewing, you have control over steeping time, but heat loss and sediment in the cup can be a problem. Brewing with a paper filter is easy and convenient; the problem is lack of control over steeping time (i.e. the coffee begins to drain immediately). By adding a stopper to the filtercone, the Clever Coffee Dripper combines control over steeping time with a sediment-free cup. We call this a "full immersion brewing" method.

Like all filtercone brewing methods, you directly control the temperature of the water, ratio of water and coffee and infusion time. As long as the filtercone is kept clean, you can make consistently good coffee. We have more information with photos and tips on using the filtercone here, and you can read discussion of the Clever Coffee Dripper on the SM Coffee Forum here.

The dripper will fit on cups and thermoses with tops wider than 1.5" and less than 3.75" in diameter. Of course, if you put the dripper on a very narrow thermos, you should make sure the dripper is stable.

Clever Coffee Dripper $13.50 (1.2 lb ship wt.) add to cart
BPA-free plastic

For wholesale inquiries, please visit the Clever Coffee Dripper page at our new wholesale business, Coffee Shrub.

The filter takes either a #4 or #6 Size Filter. #4 is recommended since #6 extends above the lip.


Plastic Filtercones

Black Plastic Cone Filter Holders

These are black ABS plastic filtercone holders -use with your favorite type of cone-shaped paper filters (I prefer Filtropa). We stock this model because it has 2 draining holes, whereas some others have 3 to 4 and drain way too quickly. You might be interested in this YouTube video Tom made showing proper technique when using a ceramic filtercone - this is made of plastic but the same technique applies.

Please note - our supplier has been changing the color of these cones seemingly at random - so we have black and red - same filter, two different colors. Our choice based on availability.

(Base diameter is 5" / flange diameter is 3")

#4 Size Black or Red Cone Filter Holder
$5.25 (.5 Lb ship wt ) add to cart


 


ABS Plastic Thermos Filtercone Holders

(For direct brewing into a thermos vacuum bottle)

The thermos-type filtercone has a narrow funnel to direct coffee into the neck of a vacuum bottle. This one works with most of the Zojirushi bottles we sell, even the narrow TuffSlim. I am sure it works with Nissan thermos too. These are a translucent dark colored plastic. They are made to fit #6 size paper filters (we sell the Filtropa brand) but work very well with #4 size or with #4 SwissGold filters. See the picture of this with a #4 paper filter and you'll see what I mean. Here's a picture of it in use with a Zojirushi TuffBoy thermos.

One thing to notice is that the flange that comes out to hold this over the bottle opening is not wide (just 3 in. wide) . It's made for narrow thermoses (thermosi?) not to brew into wider-mouth bottles or jugs...

$11 (1 lb. ship wt.) add to cart


Porcelain Filtercones

New!

Beehouse Coffee Drippers

The Beehouse filtercone holder is more expensive, but has a more attractive design. We like the 2 drip holes which help slow down infusion time, but don't stall it.

Beehouse Japan is a venerable maker of porcelain tea and kitchen wares, and they happen to make the most attractive coffee drip filter cone in existence. It's more expensive, but if it is something you are going to use (and look at) every day, we feel there is some value in this great design. It features a patented integrated handle as well as a view hole so you can see the volume of coffee you have brewed (in case you are brewing into an opaque pot or cup. The two drip holes means the coffee is extracted neither too fast nor slow. The small size takes a #1 or #2 size cone filter, and the large size takes a #2 or #4 filter (though the #4 filter will extend above the rim of the cone about an inch). I suggest pre-warming with hot water to prevent heat loss, and rinsing your paper filter to reduce paper taste. Once heated, it retains heat well, and will help create a better brew. You might be interested in this YouTube video Tom made showing proper technique when using a ceramic filtercone.
**Certified Lead-Free and Cadmium-Free

(Both sizes will fit the top of any mug that is between 3 inches to 3.5 inches in diameter. The base/bottom on Large and Small is 4in. long by 3in. wide.)

Small beehouse details: 1-2 cups. The inside of the small dripper is 2-1/4in. deep x 3in. wide x 3-1/2in. long at the top and tapers down towards the base at a 45 degree angle. It holds 1/2 cup of liquid.

Small Beehouse Coffee Dripper $15 (1 lb. ship wt) add to cart

 

Large Beehouse Coffee Dripper $17 (1.4 lbs. ship wt)add to cart

The 2 drip holes, from the top

Graceful design with nice "view" spaces so you can look down at the brew. Large and small drippers both are 4 in. dia. at the bottom - so that determines the diameter of the vessel you brew into.


Porcelain #1 Size Coffee Cone Filter Holder

For those who dislike plastic, we offer a nice heavy porcelain coffee filter made in China. I think you could practically drop this from your 2nd story window and not break it ...very heavy vitrified porcelain. These have 3 holes. It fits a #1 paper cone filter. This is a small size cone, and is great for brewing for one person, perhaps two. Here is a picture of the #1 next to the #4 size. Also see the Porcelain #1 Filter Drip Pot Set below. In cold ambient temperatures, I suggest pre-warming with hot water to prevent heat loss. Once heated, it retains heat well, and will help create a better brew. You might be interested in this YouTube video Tom made showing proper technique when using a ceramic filtercone.

**Certified Lead-Free and Cadmium-Free

$11.50 (1.2 lbs. ship wt.)add to cart


Porcelain #4 Size Coffee Cone Filter Holder

After several years, we have finally found a larger size of coffee filter made in China. This fits the #4 size paper cone filter or the Swissgold #4 cone filter. In fact, you could get away with our paper #6 cone filter too. For size comparison, here is a picture of the #1 next to the #4 size. This cone has three drain holes. In cold ambient temperatures, I suggest pre-warming with hot water to prevent heat loss. Once heated, it retains heat well, and will help create a better brew.You might be interested in this YouTube video Tom made showing proper technique when using a ceramic filtercone.

**Certified Lead-Free and Cadmium-Free
Dimensions: lip 4# dia. bottom flange 2.5# dia.

$15.00 (2.2 lbs. ship wt.) add to cart


Porcelain #1 Filter Drip Pot Set

We now have our #1 size filter paired with a very nice porcelain drip pot; an elegantly simple total pour-over brewing system made in China. These have 3 drip holes , just as a plastic filtercone does. It fits a #1 paper cone filter, which we also stock ... but this is a small size. It comes with a lid for the pot. In cold ambient temperatures, I suggest pre-warming with hot water to prevent heat loss. Once heated, it retains heat well, and will help create a better brew. Pot holds 16 ounces.

**Certified Lead-Free and Cadmium-Free

$17.00 (3.8 lbs. ship wt.)add to cart

Looking for paper filters? They are now on their own page