As its title suggests, the manual drip method requires constant attention, but yields a flavorful, bright coffee.
How It Works: Place ground coffee in a wedge-shaped filter holder and pour water over it into a container below.
Why We Like It: The manual drip allows the natural acidity of coffee to shine through, yielding bright, flavorful coffee. As with the French press, you control water temperature and brew time.
Downside: Since you have to add water in batches, you can’t leave the kitchen during brewing.
The Right Grind: Medium (like coarse cornmeal) for paper filters; medium-fine (like fine cornmeal) for metal filters.