Welcome to Jean's World of Hand Drip Coffee!
-by Yoo Hyun "Jean" Kim
What is hand-drip
coffee? Isn't it just... coffee?
Well, yes it is still coffee.
You just make it in a
slightly different way, by manually dripping the coffee.
allows you to control for the subtle diffences in flavor depending on
types of beans, the dripping speed,
the temperature of water, etc., and
the list goes on.
Just as there are many
different types of wine, there are many differnt types and flavors of
And Hand Dripping is the
best way to experiment and discover your own favorite.
Oh, and it is not always as fancy as it looks in the
It is actually very easily do-able at your home. All you
1. Beans- Imposter!
Would you be surprised if
what we know as a coffee bean is actually the SEED of the coffee plant? Depending on growth
environment, processing methods, and genetic
subspecies, different coffee varieties yield different flavors,
caffeine content, body or mouthfeel, and acidity. The two main
varieties are Arabica, which is used for your regular dripped coffee,
and Robusta, which is mainly used for making cheaper, powder-mixed
kind of beans work fine for hand dripping. There are plenty of local coffee exchanges in NYC that offer raw or
roasted beans from all over the world, so take your time and explore.
2. The Genie's Lamp! (Or just a
tea kettle is fine too.)
A Goose-neck style kettle is
recommended for making hand drip coffee for its adjustable control and
accurate pouring. Commonly used brands include Hario and Tiamo. You
can also order these kettles at online coffeeware stores such as Orphan
Espresso. Or if you are really interested and have the time and
money to commit, you can go all the way and try the Syphon(pic on
right), which is also known as the "Vacuum Brewer".
3. Filters, Filter Holders,
choice is yours: Disposable paper filters are more convenient compared
to cloth filters, but they retain more flavor from you coffee
the oil from the beans stick to paper. Metal coffee filters are
than cloth filters to clean, but nonetheless bothersome.
There are tons of types and brands of filters and filter holders, which
are readily available at any marts, convenient stores, and
stores, so shop around!
For servers, you can easily buy them around as well, but if you just
used your regular mug it wouldn't hurt either.
4. How to Hand Drip: a
helpful and thorough YouTube video, not by me.
Thank you for visiting Jean's World of Hand Drip