Pour Overs & Clever Drippers-A Great Way to Brew Your Favorite Coffee At Work

It seems we are running 100 MPH. We are so busy with family...running kids to school and practice, weekly errands that must be done, commitments with volunteering, working out AND for many...WORK! 

My reason for roasting coffee is to enjoy that great cup of coffee at home. Sharing laughter with family and friends over a cup of coffee after a great meal...while at home. 

Fresh grind coffee beans

Fresh grind coffee beans

Come Monday morning and you're rushing around, who has time for coffee at home. So you grab a coffee out OR you grab a cup at the office which may or may not be good. Some offices do have some sort of Kuerig which is a quick way to get a cup of coffee and many of our customers will grind their Johnny Lolita's coffee for their reusable filter.  A great way to enjoy your favorite fresh roasted coffee. 

If you're not fortunate to have a great way to grab a cup of coffee at work and you don't wish to buy a cup of coffee out everyday...you can brew coffee yourself at work in about 4 minutes. All you need is your fresh roasted coffee, a microwave, your coffee cup and a pour over or clever dripper. 

Enjoying fresh roasted coffee is simple. You probably don't wish to grind your beans at work so grind at home. If you have a hectic morning, go ahead and grind your beans the night before. Store your fresh grounds in a small mason jar to take to work. 

A coffee cup/mug, a ceramic pour over or clever dripper and some filters along with your coffee is all you need. You don't need a lot of space to store and it takes just a few minutes to make. 

Pour overs and clever dripper are easy to use, store and great for 1-2 cups of coffee. A clever dripper works slightly different and many would say it is easier than a pour over. There is no need to "pre-wet" the filter and you soak the grounds then release verses the ceramic pour over where you slowly add hot water as it continues to pour through the filter. It is more of an immersion way of brewing your coffee. The other cool thing is that you set it on a flat surface and it will not drain until you "sit it' on top of your cup or decanter. 

Ceramic Pour Over

Ceramic Pour Over

I will provide some simple directions...However, for the true coffee enthusiasts, you will be much more precise with your grind, water temp and coffee ratio. Here, I want to show that anyone can make a great cup of coffee while they are away from home. 

I have both options (honestly, I have just about every way to brew coffee. wink wink smiley face). Depending on my mood and what I am doing when I am away, I will grab one of them to go. 

I guess the important thing is to have access to hot water. Some places offer a hot water machine which would work in a pinch. If you have access to a microwave that works great too. 

Getting the water just below boiling is what you are seeking. Don't worry if you don't have a way to measure how hot it is, just get the water to boil (in the microwave) and then let it sit for a minute. 

The rest of the instructions will be individualized based on the Pour Over or Clever Dripper. 

Ceramic Pour Over

  • Grind 3 Tablespoons coffee to a medium fine (like table salt).
  • Grab a filter and place in pour over.
  • Run hot water through the filter and cup to pretreat filter and heat mug/cup.
  • Empty water out of cup.
  • Add coffee grounds to pretreated filter.
  • Add water to just saturate the grounds with hot water (just off boil).
  • Stir and agitate the wet grounds and break any clumps.
  • Fill pour over with remaining hot water in a circular motion starting in a small circle and growing to the outside washing the grounds down the sides of the filter. You will add about 12 ounces of hot water.
  • In 2 minutes brew time your mug is ready.


Clever Dripper via Amazon

Clever Dripper via Amazon

Clever Dripper

  • Grind 1 1/2 Tablespoons coffee to a medium coarse grind.
  • Grab a filter and place in clever dripper.
  • You can pretreat the filter by pouring hot water into the filter and clever dripper. Then place dripper onto your mug and let the water release and drain from dripper. If you don't, thats ok.
  • Be sure to empty drained water from your mug.
  • Add your grounds to your clever dripper and pour enough hot water to saturate the coffee grounds. You will see it "bloom" (the grounds seem to rise and bubble up like its blooming, hence the name).
  • Add remaining hot water to dripper and put the lid on top and let it sit for about 2 minutes.
  • After 2 minutes, place your clever dripper on top of your cup/mug which will cause the dripper to release your brewed coffee into the cup.
  • Enjoy! 

If you are a coffee purist, you'll be much more precise in your measuring. However, anyone can (and should) enjoy their fresh roasted coffee beans regardless of where you buy your favorite coffee or where you are...especially at the office where you spend most of your day. 

Two simple brewing options, however, there are plenty more options out there that I will share in the coming weeks. If you're interested in purchasing these items, go to Amazon. They have these and many more!  Thanks for taking the time to read and be sure to share our post with friends & family. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! 

Lolita 💋