THE LITTLE DRIPPER
The Little Dripper is a ceramic coffee maker, designed and handmade in Portland, Oregon. It is also a celebration of our favorite method for brewing delicious coffee, and a humble attempt to make it even better. More simple.
The Little Dripper highlights the best qualities of two beloved brewing styles: the sweetness and clarity of pour over filter brewing, and the full-bodied mouthfeel of immersion brewing. There's more to this coffee brewer than meets the eye...
Quality - The Little Dripper is a durable piece of ceramic serveware, handmade by artisans in the USA. The Little Dripper is built to be a cherished heirloom - just like your favorite cast iron skillet, or your grandmother’s wooden spoon, with proper care the Little Dripper will last a lifetime or more.
Sweetness - When it came to designing the Little Dripper one of our first requirements was to utilize a flat bottom shape that fit both #2 and #4 size coffee filters. We believe the flat bottom design is more forgiving compared to conical coffee makers, which sometimes produce bitter and over extracted coffee. Flat bottom filters are our personal favorites because they promote even extraction, accent sweetness, and highlight each coffee’s subtle characteristics. Aside from their technical proficiency, we also dig that we can find these filters EVERYWHERE.
Air Flow - We're suckers for ruffles. Not like the kind you see on a puffy pirate shirt, more like the ones on the side of a cupcake wrapper. We modeled the Little Dripper’s interior walls with exaggerated “accordion-style” flutes. Besides being cute, the fluted edges of the Little Dripper are functional because they help separate the filter from the edge of the brewer, promoting increased air flow. The grooved ceramic walls not only keep the filter from sticking to the sides, but they also provide improved temperature stability by insulating the brew with channels of warm air.
Body - The Little Dripper boasts two precisely measured brew holes which are slightly smaller than those found on other coffee makers. Brew holes help dictate the rate at which water flows through the coffee bed, and when properly designed this feature can help prevent over extraction. The Little Dripper’s intentionally small brew holes work to gradually pull water through the coffee bed, allowing for steady draining, thus permitting a coarser grind and contributing to the forgiving nature of the device. Similar to immersion style brewing, the minimization of turbulence results in decreased agitation, and thus produces a cup with rich, full body.
Ease of Use - The Little Dripper is designed to work flawlessly without the need for scales or additional equipment, allowing coffee novices to quickly achieve professional results. We love a good digital scale as much as the next person, however there are times when it is impractical to use a scale, and not everyone has one. The Dripper itself functions as a visual cue for water volume. No overflow, no spills, and no scale required.
Aesthetic Design - Coffee is a labor of love. From seed to cup, an unbelievable amount of work goes into producing good taste. Coffee brewing is a celebration of everything that has already occurred throughout a coffee's life cycle, and a prelude to the pleasure one experiences during it's consumption. As such, we wanted to steer clear of anything that felt mass produced and chose to work with artisan ceramicists in effort to create a coffee brewer with honest character. The Little Dripper pays homage to the farmers, buyers, roasters and coffee lovers who each play an important role in the supply chain. The result is a stylish, handcrafted, and modern design deeply rooted in the belief and benefit of creating something special with your own hands.