With the increasing demand for smaller, domestic alternatives for commercial coffee equipment, Hario have released their newest slow drip brewer, the Hario Shizuku.
The Shizuku allows coffee lovers to brew their favourite cold drip in the comfort of their own homes, with a very simple brewing method and easy operation. Hario have even removed the traditional drip tap and instead have opted for a unique ‘free drip’ mechanism, making one of the simplest brewing methods even more user-friendly.
Hario has manufactured the Shizuku Slow Drip Brewer using a range of materials from stainless steel, polypropylene, silicone rubber, and the famous borosilicate glass. This resilient dripper can withstand temperatures of 120°c +, allowing the option of both hot and cold brewing (if you dare to experiment).
How it works:
- Add 50 grams of ground coffee to the stainless steel filter basket and place a paper filter on top.
- Place the stainless steel filter basket on top of the bottom chamber. (During this stage you can also pre-wet the coffee, depending on your preferred brewing method.)
- Place the top chamber onto the bottom chamber and add 600ml of water to the top chamber.
- Place the lid on the top chamber and let the Shizuku do its magic.
- You can leave the unit on your kitchen bench while it brews. Alternatively, the sleek design allows for the unit to fit into most fridge doors. Within 1 to 2 hours your brew should be ready to drink.
Specifically designed for the Shizuku is the multipurpose rubber seal, which holds the filter basket in position and creates a seal between the top and bottom chambers. This seal also acts as the main mechanism that releases water from the top reservoir, through the coffee, into the bottom chamber. The water is released through a slit in the rubber seal, which is designed to allow only a controlled amount of water to drip through continuously.
As there is no option to adjust drip speed, the grind setting will be a vital part in both the taste and the brewing pattern. And as with all things coffee, it is best to try acouple of different grind settings to ensure that you are getting the best flavour profile possible.
With the introduction of this unit, Hario has delivered a sleek, classy and effective slow drip brewer at a price point that is attractive to everyone, while still using the highest grade of materials that the Hario brand has become renowned for throughout the world.
- Joe Le Mura