If you’ve heard about the Hario V60 or the Melitta, then you’re going to find that the Bee House coffee dripper is right up your alley. What makes this special is not that it’s made in Japan, but the combination of two highly competitive products that are morphed into a single coffee dripper. Here are some interesting facts that make the Bee House dripper a top choice if you want to have the best of both worlds.
What Makes The Bee House Dripper So Special?
The best advantage of the Bee House dripper is that it’s made from ceramic, which is great for holding immediate heat. This is optimal when the ceramic is preheated while you wet out the paper filter. And though this is a standard task, it helps to keep your paper filter from making the coffee taste pulpy. If you didn’t know this, you probably don’t mind the taste of bleached paper pulp.
With that being said, most people just thought it’s being done to warm up the coffee dripper; which is actually true. The other reason is lesser-known since a paper filter transfers liquids through a process called capillary action. It’s a lot like gravity mixed with surface tension and is one of the unique qualities the Bee House dripper has to offer. Taking a look inside is somewhat satisfying to see washboard-like ridges on each side of the brewing vessel.
These raised ridges aren’t just for appearances and work in conjunction with the paper filter to create a drainage system for your brewed coffee. Just like the veins under your skin, these raised ridges make contact with the paper filter in a way that pulls liquid like a magnet and allows the fluid to collect and drain down into the holes on the bottom. It’s actually a simple science that isn’t always explained in schools anymore.
There is another nice feature about the Bee House dripper which gives you a nice gravy boat handle off to the side. You can perch your dripper on the top of your favorite coffee mug easily enough, but that handle is very nice to grip the brewing vessel without burning your fingers. There are also two different sizes this dripper can offer with the small and large model keeping it as simple as it gets.
Other Great Benefits
Because this dripper is made from ceramic, it’s also perfect for putting into your dishwasher. Try doing this with other drippers if they aren’t made from ceramic. So the option to use soap and water in your sink or washing the dripper with a sponge is perfectly fine. Plastic drippers are tricky since the heat in a dishwasher can warp the shape and make it difficult to sit in a coffee mug.
If you’re looking for color choices, the Bee House dripper comes in 10 various colors so you can choose a color that’s appealing in your kitchen.
Besides that, it does have some weight to it making it feel more valuable than molded plastic would. But because it’s made from ceramic, it can break if you aren’t careful. But that won’t be a problem if you are treating it like every other object that is worth taking care of.
When it comes to paper filters, you’ll find it take any generic brand that you can buy from any grocery store. A cone filter will work just fine depending on the size of your dripper which needs to be specific. The small dripper uses a #1 filter and the big dripper needs a #2 filter, but that’s all there is to it unless you decide to use cloth or natural fiber filters such as bamboo.
If you’re brewing a lot of coffee you’ll want to buy the larger vessel since the small model makes a single cup. It’s not really all that hard to decide if you’re going for more than one cup if your home likes drinking coffee in the morning.
How To Brew Using The Bee House Dripper?
- The Bee House Pourover Dripper
- Scale (optional)
- Instant Read Thermometer (optional)
- 1/4 Cup Medium-Fine Ground Coffee or 25 Grams
- 13.5 oz Water or 400 Grams
- Boil water in kettle over medium-high till a solid boil begins (205°F). Remove from heat.
- Place filter into device and soak the filter with 1/4 cup (or 60 grams) of water. Discard rinse water. Add coffee grounds to filter; gently shake device to level the coffee bed.
- Bloom: Slowly pour about 1/4 cup (or 50 grams) of water in a circular motion over the entire coffee bed, soaking the grounds. Wait for bloom to complete - about 25 seconds.
- Pulse Pouring: Pulse 1: Over 10 seconds, pour about 1/4 cup (or 50 grams) of water over the middle of the coffee bed in a circular motion. Wait 15 seconds.Pulse 2: Over 10 seconds, pour ¼ cup + 3 tbsp (or 100 grams) of water over the middle of the coffee bed in a circular motion. Wait 15 seconds. Pulse 3: Repeat abovePulse 4: Repeat above
- Allow coffee to drain down.