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  • How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

    How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1 1-2 Cup Cloth Neru/Nel/Sock Drip brewer:
    I learnt this in Japan at a few pour-over coffee bars. I tried asking a few questions in broken Japanese and taking a heap of ‘brain-photo’s’
    By no means is this the perfect or only way of brewing with the cloth. Just one way. I’d love to hear any feedback anyone has.

    Dose: I use a similar dose to what I use for most manual brewing methods. Approximately 7.5-9grams per 100ml. Note that the ‘cup’ sizes on a lot of these brewers is equivalent to 120ml (I think). I use a similar grind to paper pour over. As with all methods, grind on demand immediately before brewing. For this brew I am using an Ethiopian Aricha #14 amazingness.

    I usually pour boiling water over the sock before brewing as I keep the socks damp in a plastic bag in the fridge to avoid it drying out and growing green mankiness that ends up in the cup. I have the seam of the filter ‘out’ too. Dunno why, it’s just what I noticed everyone in Japan seemed to do.

    Put the grinds in the filter and distribute with a chopstick, pushing down the sides of the filter to make sure there aren’t and big air pockets for the water to ‘channel’ through. Then I make a small divot in the centre where I’m going to aim my first pour with the kettle. It stops the water shooting out to the side going straight toward the walls of the cloth.
    I boil my water and pour it into my pouring kettle, this usually works out to be a good temp for brewing (88-94degC)
    Pour in the water slowly, saturating the grounds. Pour just enough for the coffee to bloom.
    Once the coffee is saturated, start the pour, slowly moving in concentric circles from the centre out, making sure not to pour too far to the edges and channel out the side walls, or collapse them. Keeping the water at a constant level (relatively full) I reckon is key, keeping equal pressure throughout the brew. I also keep the spout of the kettle as close as I can to the coffee so it doesn’t shoot through the coffee from falling from afar.

    After you’ve poured your water I reckon it’s important to pull away the filter so you don’t get the over-extracted dregs into the cup.

    You should end up with a nice, even concave in the coffee, following the shape of the sock. Hopefully a sign of an even extraction.

    Most importantly, drink the brew!

    I usually drink it out of a wide mouthed cup so it cools quicker. My favourite part of drinking brewed coffee is when/ if it ‘turns’ and the profile changes. That’s delish.

    I hope some find this helpful.

    Cheers,
    Dan











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    Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

    It didnt really come out in the pics all that clear, but in the distribution its good to make a little crater in the centre as a target for your first pour to let the coffee bloom up.

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    • #3
      Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

      Nice work Dan 8-)

      I use the same method for some reason : I just dont have one of those waaaay cool kettles ... yet

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      • #4
        Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

        Excellent posting :-)

        Looking forward to mine arriving. With the Hario Kettle any reason in particular you wouldnt use it to heat the water or is it just a speed/electric kettle thing or is the kettle a bit light duty?

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        • #5
          Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

          Originally posted by 4F484C434B415444434A2D0 link=1243672405/3#3 date=1243674770
          any reason in particular you wouldnt use it to heat the water or is it just a speed/electric kettle thing or is the kettle a bit light duty?
          Nah, its more a speed thing, the kettle is made to go on the stove top.

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          • #6
            Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

            this is exactly how I saw it done in Taiwan- only they used a finer grind- the result was much darker. they used the same kettle with the long thin spout- pouring slowly. But you can get a good result using an ordinary kettle.

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            • #7
              Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

              Dan that looks like quite a large grind size :-/

              I maybe way too fine with my pour over methods??

              Chris

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              • #8
                Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

                Nice howto. Thanks Dan!

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                • #9
                  Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

                  Originally posted by 3522233D282922767576470 link=1243672405/6#6 date=1244020175
                  Dan that looks like quite a large grind sizeUndecided

                  I maybe way too fine with my pour over methods??

                  Let your tastebuds do the talking on that one mate. I change it up every now and then, depending on bean/roast profile/age.

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                  • #10
                    Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

                    Yep you are so right Dan, I have gone coarser and really enjoyed the result in the Aeropress

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                    • #11
                      Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

                      50%Yemen
                      50%Sumatra Blue Lintong

                      WOW 2 days post roast, first try with the sock courtesy of Jack through a chemex (perfect fit) best ever pour over bar none . Albiet in my very limited experience. Great "how to" Dan !

                      Chris

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                      • #12
                        Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

                        here is a GREAT video of how to do it -



                        if you are 1 foot tall!

                        note the excellent technique- airtight bean storage, fresh ground, slow pour...

                        Awesome!

                        BTW- is it possible to embed the youtube video here?

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                        • #13
                          Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

                          Thats awesome... and very random ;D

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                          • #14
                            Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

                            Got my toys yesterday 6 weeks by surface mail from Canada but all intact No time to play yet

                            The one on the right is for brewing Iced coffee (needed one of them as the hail comes down tonight)  :



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                            • #15
                              Re: How to brew coffee using a Hario DPW-1/2 Cloth/Nel/Neru/Sock Drip Filter

                              Premo BF, I am not surprised you havent had time. But you will find it no doubt ;D

                              CB

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