I Drink Poop?!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Yes I know what you are thinking. Before you let your imagination run wild, let me explain myself. 


I was watching a TVB drama last year and the wealthy lawyers in the show always demanded 貓屎咖啡, which directly translates to "cat poop coffee".  I honestly didn't think any of it since TVB always makes up brands and alters names for legal reasons.  A few months later I encountered this phrase again at an event.  This time I decided to go home and do a little research on this poop coffee that everyone is talking about. 


Turns out this "cat poop coffee" is also known as Luwak.  It is actually a delicacy and costs about $60+ USD per ounce. Yes, that means each cup of coffee roughly costs $15- $20 to brew. 


In case you are wondering, the coffee is named after the way the beans were processed.  A feline-like animal called "civet" is fed coffee beans.  Then, as you can imagine the civet digests the coffee beans and excretes them back out.  Farmers then picks these feces and cleans the coffee beans.  So yes the process is quite disgusting but the result is marvelous.  I don't want to go too much into Luwak coffee detail since not everyone likes "poop coffee".  I myself only drink it on special occasions as well. 


Let's talk about how to use the Clever dripper!  I have a quite a few coffee machines. I have 2 Kurigs, a Nesspresso U with Areochino, a few french presses, a good old coffee dripper, and finally a large Clever dripper.  Depending on the grind of the coffee and how much time I have that day, I use different brewing methods.  I wanted to focus a little more on the Clever dripper since it has became my favorite way of brewing coffee.  Like a french press the Clever dripper is considered a full emersion brewing method.  This means, the coffee ground in fully immersed in water allowing for a cup of full body coffee.  The good thing about the Clever dripper is the clean up.  No more scraping coffee grounds out of the french press!  All I have to do for clean up is toss the filter and rinse the dripper. I also find this to brew less bitter coffee as well. The valve on the bottom of the dripper does not open until you set it on top of a cup.  Can't get better than this!





I wait about 3 minutes after pouring the water into the filter. 


You can choose to cover the dripper while you wait to keep in the heat.  For photography purposes I did pre-wet the filter, which also decreases the paper taste.  However, most people do not taste "paper" when using paper filters.


Coffee dripping. 



If you have poured a perfect cup of coffee, you should see an even layer of coffee ground residue on the sides of the filter.




So there you have it! A perfect cup of coffee. 
I am interested in seeing how you guys drink/ brew your coffee. Please leave me a comment below!

Coffee Machine/ Gadgets I own:

My favorite is Nesspresso 
The good ole: Coffee Maker
Fast and easy: Kurig
My new love: Clever Dripper  with #4 filter