How To Brew: Bee House Dripper

The Bee House Dripper has been a highly-regarded brewing device in the coffee industry for many years. The Dripper is produced in Japan, by Zero Japan—ceramicists who combine traditional skills and modern techniques to produce high quality ceramics. Their artistic ideology consists of three key points: Good Looking, Good Touch, and Very Useful. The thick ceramic construction helps to retain heat, which leads to a balanced, even extraction.

You Will Need:
Bee House Dripper
No. 4 Coffee Filter
Coffee Grinder
Hario Buono Kettle
Decanter, or Mug

Step 1: Preparation

Fill your kettle with approximately 650 grams of fresh, filtered water. Begin heating your water. Ideally you want to brew with water between 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit, or roughly 1 minute off boil. You will use 400 grams of water to brew your coffee. The remainder will be for preheating your Bee House Dripper, filter, and decanter. Place the dripper atop your decanter, insert your filter in the dripper (you may want to fold the bound edge of the filter beforehand, as it will make the filter fit more easily). Once your water has heated, pour around 250 grams of water through the filter & dripper, and into the cup, making sure to get all of the filter wet. This will heat your devices, wash away the paper flavor of the filter, and prepare the fibers for filtration. Finally, discard the water.

Step 2: Weigh and Grind Your Coffee

For our House Blend, we recommend using 35 grams of coffee, and 30 grams for any of our Single Origins. The grind setting you use should be a medium grind. Many grinders will retain a small amount of coffee, so your output may be about 1 gram less than your input. Because of this, you may want to grind an extra gram or two of coffee, so make sure you have the correct amount of ground coffee.

Step 3: Add Your Coffee

Place your decanter, and Bee House Dripper & filter on your scale, and tare it out. Take your ground coffee, and pour it into the filter. Check the weight on the scale to make sure you added the correct amount. Give the sides of the dripper a few light taps to make sure you have a flat, even bed of coffee.

Step 4: Brew Your Coffee

Start your timer, and pour approximately 100 grams of hot water onto the coffee. Use a zigzag motion from top to bottom, ensuring you wet all of the coffee (it’s more important to get all the coffee wet than to hit exactly 100 grams). This stage is called the bloom; Allowing the coffee to sit with a small amount of water helps the coffee release some of its natural gases, which in turn helps the coffee brew more readily. At 30 seconds, slowly pour 300 grams of water onto the coffee, spiraling out from the center and then back into the center (continue going in and out until you have used up your 300g of water). Make sure to pour the water directly onto the coffee and not onto the paper filter, as the water will drain directly into your decanter, without brewing any coffee. The water should completely drain out at around 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Discard the coffee grounds, pour the coffee is to your favorite mug, grab a good book, sip & enjoy.

Notes & Troubleshooting

If the brewing process takes longer than 3:30, it means your grind setting is too fine. Coarsen the grind as much as needed to hit the 3:30 target. Conversely, if the brewing process takes less than 3:30, your grind setting is too coarse. Adjust your grind as finely as needed. Keep in mind that the 3:30 target is an approximate target; if you are over or under by 15 seconds, for example, the coffee will likely still taste delicious.

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