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.
“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.