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This Week in Kickstarter: The Remarkably Simple Obrew Filter

A former Colorado coffee roaster is raising funds with hopes to begin production on the Obrew, a meshed-and-silicone-topped cup filter that replicates the qualities of professionally cupped coffees.

Created over the past 18 months by Morgan Jones, the head roaster at Denver’s former Flying Five Coffee who publishes his thoughts on coffee here, the Obrew is remarkable in its simplicity: Coffee is infused in a separate vessel for approximately four minutes, then poured directly into the cup, which is topped with a fine mesh stainless steel filter with wide silicone edged that grasp the cup lip and prevent spill-overs.

(related: This Week in Crowdfunding: The Intriguing La Fenice Brewer/Espresso Combo)

The Obrew coffee filter

The Obrew coffee filter

“I’d always wanted a brewing method that was like cupping,” says Jones, who adds that the Obrew functionally resembles a French Press, without taste variations caused by the pressure of the plunge. Jones says the Obrew also filters out the bloom, which in cupping would otherwise be whisked away with the spoon.

“The direct infusion of the Obrew process results in a flavor profile more directly linked to the flavor in the coffee beans,” Jones suggests.

A Kickstarter campaign for the Obrew launched May 16, and as of this writing had reached just over $1,300 toward the $25,000 goal.




Just as lottery tickets are a tax on people who cannot do math, I’ve become more and more convinced that most crowdsourcing efforts are simply a tax on people who don’t understand business loans or venture investing.

David E. Schellenberg

It looks to me as if you have to be very careful with the obrew not to pour the coffee in too quickly, otherwise it will spill over the edge.
Why not just bring back the swiss-gold one cup coffee maker. It works similar to the obrew, but with much higher sides.

Kevin Knox

The thing is filters to do this well already exist, such as the Finum, which even has a lid (to retain heat) that converts to a drip tray:

I’ve spent much of my career as a professional cupper but cupping coffee and drinking it are two differen things. I don’t want any sediment or turbidity in a brewed cup of coffee, and neither do most people. I’d take an Aeropress cup over strained coffee anyday for actual drinking and enjoyment, rather than evaluation.

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