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Developed and designed by Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters co-founder Nick Cho and our very good friend in Seoul, Youngmin Lee, the December Dripper is the first coffee brewer that's designed from the ground up by specialty coffee brewing experts, making a truly great cup easier than ever!
The December Dripper is a flat-bottomed pourover coffee dripper, similar to a Kalita Wave dripper or a commercial coffee brewer. Having a hockey-puck shaped coffee brew bed sets things up for an even brew dynamic, meaning the water interacts with all of the coffee grounds in a similar way, whether you're talking about the grounds at the top of the bed, the bottom, or one of the corners. Other drippers come in some sort of cone shape, setting things up for an uneven brew.
The main innovation of the December Dripper is a variable aperture base. The ability to change the number of openings at the bottom of the dripper allows you to slow the flow of water through the dripper, consistently reaching your target brew time. In most other drippers, which have no adjustable flow control, you can only control flow by varying the amount of coffee you're brewing, or worse, by adjusting the grind away from what's optimal. Both of these stop-gap efforts to finish your brew on target diminish the quality of the coffee in your cup. Why buy an expensive bag of specialty coffee if you can’t get a great brew every time? Even the most skilled baristas are limited by the confines of traditional pourover drippers.
When you twist the base of the December Dripper, you have the option of four different stages.
Stage 0 is when the dripper is fully closed. No water will flow out of the bottom of the dripper. This setting is convenient at the end of the brew, when a continuous drip might make a mess when you move the dripper off of your server or cup. In our prototype release, we have seen that some baristas like to close the dripper off during the "bloom time," the period when you're first wetting the coffee and waiting for carbon dioxide gas to release.
You have the option of adjusting the December Dripper during the brew or choosing a stage that is optimal for the resulting volume of coffee you intend to prepare.
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.
To use the December Dripper, you simply rotate the dripper-section against the saucer-section and set it to your desired position. When you can control the flow rate, you are suddenly free to dial-in your grind size to where you really want it for the best flavor and aroma that your coffee has to offer.
The December Dripper is great for light, medium, or dark roasted coffee. We do recommend that you have a good quality grinder, though many cafes will grind your coffee for you upon request. A pouring kettle for brew water is also recommended but not required.
The December Dripper is compatible with Kalita Wave #185 filters.
The dripper is made from 18-10 stainless steel, with a food-grade silicone rubber gasket and insulation sleeve.