I’m going to be honest, if you asked me last week whether the world needs another coffee dripper my answer would have been a resounding no. Between the Hario V60, Kalita Wave, Beehive, Melita, and even this collapsable silicon thingy, there’s more than enough products on the market. But then I saw this Kickstarter campaign and realized how wrong I was.
The December Dripper was design by specialty coffee luminaries Nick Cho and Youngmin Lee. Cho, amongst many other things, came up with the now global Brewers Cup competition and introduced the seminal Kalita Wave dripper to the US market. The December Dripper picks up where the Kalita Wave’s flat bottom geometry left off. The main improvement of the December Dripper compared to other brew devices is the ability to adjust the flow rate of the dripper without changing your grind. This allows the user to have unprecedented control over their recipe, not to mention more versatility with different batch sizes.
We’ve been burned on more than a few coffee Kickstarter projects, so we don’t back this one lightly. Ostensibly, the December Dripper will allow the user to combine the best characteristics of drippers like the NotNuetral Gino or Kalita Wave, with immersion brewers like the Clever. We, of course, withhold our final opinion until we can test the product for ourselves, but the genius of the concept plus our faith in Nick Cho means we’ll be throwing our own money into the hat. Thankfully, the projected shipping date of the December Dripper is actually in June.