HOW TO BREW COFFEE WITH THE ORIGAMI DRIPPER
The Origami dripper is very popular in the coffee industry. It first appeared in the 2019 World Brewers Championship when it was used to win the competition. Since then, it has been used by many coffee enthusiasts because it is beautifully designed.
Are you one of the coffee fanatics that want to try another type of filter for coffee? Then you should get an origami dripper and follow these recipes. The first recipe brews coffee that is balanced and sweet, and it is better to use medium roasted coffee beans for it while the second recipe brews vibrant and juicy coffee.
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What You’ll Need
- A scale
- Gooseneck kettle
- Kalita wave filters
- Origami dripper
- Freshly roasted coffee beans
- A timer or your phone will do
TIP: Always make sure you pre-wet the paper filters, so it doesn't leave your coffee with the papery taste. Ensure that you start your timer once you start pouring the coffee.
FIRST RECIPE- WAVE FILTER
The ratio to be used is 1:15 and the grind size is medium-fine. Also, the water temperature should be between 90 and 96 degrees Celsius. This recipe is similar to the classic pour-over coffee using the Kalita wave.
As we previously mentioned, use light or medium roasted coffee beans, it pairs well with the origami dripper. The final cup will have an emphasized sweetness, rich with balanced flavors. The reason we are using wave filters is that the water will flow faster with the Origami than when it is used with the Kalita Wave. You’d be able to grind the coffee beans finer than for the Kalita wave without worrying that the coffee will over-extract.
What we are trying to say is that you can use Kalita recipes for the Origami dripper, what you need to adjust is the grind size. Grind the coffee beans, then pour 50ml of water first and allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds.
Stirring the coffee as it blooms is optional if you are using a flat-bottom filter because the coffee grounds are already distributed evenly. These filters make it easier for the grounds to be saturated properly as the coffee blooms.
After 30 seconds, pour the remaining 200ml slowly over the grounds. Start pouring from the outward part of the filter, make sure you are pouring the water in a circular motion.
Pour the water in 5 circles, both inward and outward, then pour in the center. You should make long, continuous pours, we know that it is a bit tricky to master, but you’d get a hang of it. Long pours will produce a more balanced coffee because the coffee will extract at a steadier rate. Also, the continuous pour regulates the brew temperature when compared to the pulse pour.
SECOND RECIPE- CONE FILTER
The ratio for this method is 1:16.6 and the perfect grind size is medium. Ensure that the water temperature is between 92 and 96 degrees Celsius This recipe uses V60 filters, and we must say that the origami dripper is similar to the V60 coffee maker.
Most times both coffee makers will produce coffee with similar taste- they both highlight the acidity of the coffee. The only difference between both brewers is the mouthful. The origami dripper produces delicate brews because the coffee flow rate is faster than Hario V60. That is why we recommend using light roast coffees. You can use the pulse pouring method for this recipe.
The longer pouring method will help to extract more sweetness out of the grounds. Pour 50m of water first and allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds. Unlike the flat bottom filter, cone filters won't distribute your coffee or make the grounds fully saturated. So you need to stir the coffee with a spoon. After 30 seconds, pour the remaining 100ml.
Start pouring from the center, then slowly pour outwards, then inwards. Allow the coffee to drain a bit before pouring the last 100ml, make sure you are targeting 250 on your scale. The coffee will take about 3 minutes to drain fully 4 minutes.
Now that you know how to brew delicious coffee with the origami dripper, we’d want you to learn more about this wonderful brewer.
THE ORIGAMI DRIPPER
This brewer was inspired by the art of Origami (paper folding), a popular Japanese art. The origami dripper is not just visually appealing but gives you complete control as you brew. The dripper is a 20 rib-designed brewer, which means there will be proper airflow as a brew to prevent clogs.
Although the origami is designed in a cone shape, it can be used with Kalita wave filters. Because the brewer is versatile and fits any filter, you can use different recipes for it. All you have to do is make similar adjustments.
Origami comes in two sizes, small and medium. The small size can produce cups while the medium size produces 4 cups of coffee. The Origami dripper is made with only ceramics. The Japanese call it Mino porcelain.
It is one of their prestigious potteries and has been in use for more than 4000 years. It is renowned for its durability and quality. Although heat retention supersedes glasses, it can't be compared to plastics. This means that you’d have to preheat the brewer more or the water should be at a higher temperature so you can get the best taste.
The top of the origami brewer is wider than the other brewers, and the bottom is also wider. So this will allow you to brew faster and produce a sweeter cup of coffee. So expect a more balanced cup of coffee especially when you are brewing naturally processed coffees. The brewer also comes with a holder where you can place a cup or serve as you brew.
You can always buy a plastic or wooden holder for the brewer because some people find it slightly awkward to level the brewer when it is sitting in the carafe. We recommend buying the wooden holder as it is of a higher quality.
The Origami brewer comes in 9 beautiful colors. We don't think there is any brewer that has as many colors as theis brewer. The hardest decision you might make is to pick a color because all of them are so beautiful.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGAMI, KALITA WAVE, AND V60?
As we mentioned earlier, you can get almost the same results when you brew with the origami dripper and the Kalita Wave or V60 brewer, you just have to adjust the grind size settings. All you have to do is to adjust the grind size. While the Kalita wave is not compatible with Hario V60 filters, it is possible to use Kalita filters with the V60.
So how do all these relate to the origami brewer? From our experience, you can make coffee that tastes similar when you use the Kalita filters but just to a point. The Hario V60 was not created to fit the Kalita filters so if you are going to use both, you have to pour more carefully else the filter may fall inside the Hario V60.
This means you may not have the chance to experiment more unlike when you are using the Kalita filters for Origami. You can still do heavy pours and the filters won't fall into the brewer.
To us, the origami dripper is best. Because the Origami dripper is versatile, it is perfect for those who want to vary their brewing equipment and styles without changing their brewers. If you don't already have a V60 or Kalita then you should buy the Origami because it will give you the option of using different kinds of filters and that is a plus.
One interesting thing to note is that some coffee enthusiasts say that they use Chemex papers for the origami brewer. We find it quite strange though because the Chemex filters are big, but they say it works well.
You’d have to experiment with it yourselves because it will be quite interesting to taste coffee that is brewed from those thick Chemex papers.
You can look out for our other recipes and choose the one that best suits your preference. Remember that you can't get the best out of the Origami dripper if you are using stale coffee beans to brew. Always buy freshly roasted specialty-grade coffee beans for all your brews.