If you love coffee, you will love and appreciate the Osaka Titanium Coated Cone Dripper. The fine mesh allows water to slowly seep through the coffee grinds on the inside, to the outside, where it drips neatly down the central column and into your cup. The titanium coating may be overkill but it definitely prevents any flavour from the metal mesh from being transferred into the brew, so you get an unadulterated, rich cup of coffee just the way the beans intended.
Even though it’s made of metal it’s very light weight and a convenient travel accessory. Pop it into your carry-on and you’re good to go. Now, you can have great coffee wherever you find beans and water!
If you are used to paper filters, you will definitely appreciate how smooth coffee can this way, because there are no grinds in the cup. However, paper doesn’t let all the oils through, can sometimes impart some of its flavour to the brew, and ultimately comes out weaker than the flavour you can get from this Osaka cone dripper. I am amazed at just how different the experience is whenever I use this on coffee that I thought I was already familiar with – it can bring out so much more nuance and character.
Also, I like not having to dispose of filters at the end of each brew. This cone dripper will pay for itself over time. Nevertheless, you’ll get immediate benefit from it in terms of flavour.
I am sure that there are aficionados out there that have better pouring techniques than mine but here’s what I recommend to get started:
- grind the coffee very fine
- gently pour boiling water until it reaches the top of the cone dripper
- after the water has passed through, wait another 30 seconds for the grinds to ‘bloom’
- pour more boiling water to the top (or slightly less, depending upon cup size)
If you find that the water is taking longer than usual to drip through, then you didn’t clean the cone dripper out properly. You must clean it after every use and the coffee oils can clog the tiny pores. Hot water and a little dishwashing soap does the trick.
There is a stainless steel version of this filter, which is cheaper. I have used both and while there isn’t any discernible difference in terms of flavour or utility, there is a psychological difference in that the gold colour of the titanium coated filter just makes the brewing process feel more luxurious. If that sounds silly to you, purchase the stainless steel one – but if you know what I’m talking about, then go for gold!