I am always on the search for new and innovative ways to brew coffee. That is why when I saw the December Coffee Dripper on Kickstarter a few months back that was designed to have an adjustable brew flow it sparked my interest. I love my Hario v60, but from time to time I keep thinking to myself that the coffee is brewing really fast and that I wish that I could just slow it down.
That is where the December Coffee Dripper comes in. With a quick turn of the top of the dripper it automatically adjusts how much water flow is possible. It is a very clever design from Nicholas Cho, the co-founder of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco, which is a lovely place to drink coffee.
Each stage allows a brewer to dial in exactly what they want with Stage 0 enabling the perfect bloom to occur. I often settle between Stage 1 and 2 as I am pouring 1 or 2 cups, but they have a nice guideL
- Stage 1 is optimized for about a 10-12 ounce (300-360mL) brew.
- Stage 2 is optimized for about a 14-16 ounce (400-475mL) brew.
- Stage 3 is optimized for about a 18-24 ounce (500-700mL) brew.
It has been nearly two weeks now since I received my December and it is built solid from 18-10 stainless steel. This thing does get hot when brewing as you would imagine, but they added a nice rubber bumper to the top so you can pick it up when you are done brewing. It turns with ease and looks beautiful on the counter.
Brewing and Sipping
It can look beautiful, but how does it brew a cup of coffee? My favorite part of the December is that it has Stage 0 to help the grind really take in the water and bloom properly. Not that you can't achieve this with a normal pour over system, but it sure does help to have a dripper that wont let the water escape. One gotcha here is that Stage 0 can cause some leakage out the side if you pour too much water in, but adjusting it to Stage 1 or higher fixes that up. They have some workarounds that they have documented to re-align the metals, but in my opinion it isn't a real issue at all.
The coffee that comes out of the December has been a delight to drink. Since you can control the flow, you can also control how strong of a brew you are looking for, which I really appreciate. I also seem to be getting a more consistent cup as my beans age over the week since I follow my Stage 0 practice over and over.
I have many options to brew from a Chemex, v60, french press, and now the December and it is on the top of the list for sure.
- Written by Motz