The best part of waking up is not Folgers in your cup. These days, it’s all about high quality, small batch coffee from the likes of Blue Bottle and Stumptown. With improved coffee comes improved methods of brewing. The pour-over method has become the preferred way for extracting bold flavor out of the coffee without any residue or bitterness. It’s also a more efficient way to brew a single cup.
There are lots of pour-over brewers out there. To help you decide, we selected a good, better, and best option. Keep in mind that whichever brewer you choose will require a kettle to pour the water evenly and slowly. The ones from Japanese brand Hario are an industry standard. If you really want to get fancy, you can also get a scale to measure your grounds (it will also come in handy if you’re dealing drugs).
Good: Stumptown Bee House Coffee Dripper
An elegant design that looks good even when it’s not in use, this ceramic dripper sits atop your mug, and is an efficient solution for brewing a single cup of joe.
Better: Snowpeak Collapsible
If you’re traveling but don’t want to wake up to a cup of hotel room swill, this stainless steel brewer from Snowpeak folds flat so it’s easy to pack.
Best: Chemex Ottomatic
Face it, as great as a cup of pour-over coffee tastes, it is still less convenient to make than a traditional brewer. Chemex, whose hourglass-shaped brewers have long been loved by coffee aficionados, figured out a way to have the best of both worlds. The Ottomatic sprays a precise amount of water at the ideal temperature over the beans with the push of a button.