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Don't worry -- we won't all necessarily need owners' manuals in order to brew a cup of joe. Sometimes the best methods and mechanisms are also the simplest. Enter the latest one-cup maker, aptly called the Clever Coffee Dripper -- a sort of hybrid between a Melitta cone and a French press.
Manufactured by a Taiwanese company known primarily for dreaming up new tea-brewing equipment, the Clever can create a sediment-free cup of coffee that still allows the beans' nuances to shine through. The grounds sit in a paper filter that's fit into the brewer (it takes standard No. 4 cones), and hot water is added directly to them, filling much of the basin. The coffee and water then typically steep for anywhere from two to four minutes, after which the liquid's drained through a small valve that opens once the brewer is placed on top of a cup or serving vessel.
Read more about the Clever Coffee Dripper after the jump. What's so great about the Clever? It's an easy, unfussy and fast way to brew individual delicious cups of coffee, making it an increasingly popular tool at boutique coffee shops. And for the home user, it makes small batches of coffee cleaner than a French press can and with more controlled output than a Melitta cone, meaning the coffee only comes out when you tell it to -- you're the boss of this brew.
What will be the next newfangled thing that comes along to help us get caffeinated? Do you think technology or technique will win the battle of the brewers? Tell us in the comments.
Erin Meister trains baristas for North Carolina-based Counter Culture Coffee and sporadically maintains the blog Meet the Press Pot from her home in New York City. This is part of a series for the caffeine-addicted.