The Melitta dripper in many ways is the mother of the filter drip phenomenon. It should come as no surprise that it was created by a mother. Melitta Bentz, a German housewife, was tired of grounds in her coffee. One day in 1908 she decided to punch holes in the bottom of a sauce pan. Then using a piece of her son’s blotting paper, she covered the bottom and filtered out the sediment and grounds that coffee had always contained. The result- the first really clean cup!
As far as function and design, the dripper is a truncated cone shape that has one small drain hole in the bottom. This restricts the water, allowing appropriate water contact time with the coffee. After several trials with different grind settings we found it to be incredibly consistent in brew time, which was a bit of a surprise. All of them were delicious in their own way, just different interpretations of body and flavor. Unlike the plastic models, the ceramic helps to keep the temperature more stable throughout the brew process, helping extract flavors more evenly. What does that mean for you? You don’t have to be an expert to get great results time after time.
Whether imbibing alone or sharing, the Melitta makes a balanced cup! And for those of us who don’t like to deal with a mess in the morning, clean up is quite easy. Just lift out the filter and rinse the device. It’s that simple!
If you are looking for a reliable, no-nonsense device that can brew a range of batch sizes with a clean and balanced result.
Don’t Buy it
If you are looking for a heavier bodied cup of coffee. If this is what you are looking for check out the Sowden or a French Press.