What Makes A Bee House Coffee Brewer Unique?

There is no doubt that when it comes to coffee, Americans prefer the drip method over everything else. According to Coffee Affection, drip is the single most popular method of home brewing in the United States. Let's face it, when it boils down to it, you're likely to prefer flipping a switch and getting fresh coffee after you get out of the shower instead of waiting for your kettle to boil and spending 5 minutes pouring hot water over frothing coffee grounds. It's just sheer convenience. However, if you're a coffee aficionado looking to get into the pour over game, you're in luck, as there are several excellent options to choose from.

The pour over coffee method was the invention of a German coffee enthusiast named Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz. According to Perfect Daily Grind, Bentz began experimenting with a new method of brewing that involved blotting paper and a punched-out can. Trial and error resulted in a primitive form of pour over coffee, which had a smoother, less bitter brew than the percolators of the time. Bentz filed a patent for her newly invented filter in 1908, thus beginning the Melitta coffee company. Other pour over companies, like V60 and Chemex, soon followed. However, there is another pour over coffee brewer that is more forgiving for those beginning their pour over journey. It's called the Bee House, and it's a truly unique way to brew coffee at home.

A forgiving pour over experience

The Bee House coffee dripper is a Japanese-made ceramic homage to the early cone paper filters of Melitta. The design of the Bee House is beautifully simple. It has a conical profile with a slim handle for ease of use, ribs on the interior, and two drain holes at the bottom. It is attached to a flat base, which can adhere to a mug, and has two openings on either side for better air circulation (via Prima Coffee Equipment). There are also two sizes, small and large, which take two different size filters, Melitta No. 's 1 and 2, respectively.

Why exactly is the Bee House so forgiving for pour over use? Other brewers require a special, refined pouring technique or a particular type of kettle. The Bee House requires none of these, per Prima Coffee Equipment. However, as Craft Coffee Guru recommends, having a goose-necked kettle is going to give you the easiest time with pour over as it allows for good pour control, which in turn leads to more even brewing. You want to be sure that you're using a medium grind for the Bee House dripper. Though not nearly as quick as a drip machine, the Bee House will give you an easy pour over experience and a great cup of coffee to boot.