Now more than ever, there are dozens of manual coffee brews on the market. But arguably one of the most visually appealing is the Origami. The brewer became much more popular after 2019 World Brewer Cup Champion DUJianing (the first Chinese competitor to win the championship) used it in her winning routine.
The Origami’s unique and eye-catching design allows you to use either conical or flat bottom paper filters, and thereby yield different extraction results. Additionally, its 20 folded inner ribs help to minimize clogging – creating much cleaner flavors in the cup.
WHAT IS THE ORIGAMI BREWER?
Inspiration for the name and design of the dripper comes from origami – the Japanese art of paper folding. The Origami dripper was designed by Yasuo Suzuki and Kiyohito Tanaka, the founders of Trunk Coffeein Japan. The brewer is made of Mino porcelain, which is specially hand-crafted at a factory in Toki in the Gifu prefecture of Japan.
Gifu is one of Japan’s leading production centers, where the fusion of craftsmanship and technology produces consistently high-quality and long-lasting products.
When used with conical paper filters, the 20 evenly-spaced ribs (or grooves) create space between the dripper and the filter. This enables a faster flow rate and thereby encourages a faster extraction time.
Conversely, when using Kalita Wave paper filters, they fit perfectly into the 20 ribs – making it a flat bottom brewer.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER POUR OVER BREWERS?
Although the Origami is a conical-shaped dripper (similar to the Hario V60), the dripper is unique for a few other reasons.
Hsu emphasizes the versatility of the Origami, citing the ability to alter the brew bed's shape with various paper filters. Notably, the substantial opening at the base ensures a swift flow rate, even when using flat-bottomed paper filters. This characteristic facilitates the accentuation of distinct flavors in the brewing process. Hsu highlights the larger opening compared to the V60, noting that it contributes to a more stable and uniform extraction, ultimately enhancing sweetness.
Elysia Tan, co-founder of Homeground Coffee Roasters in Singapore and the third-place finisher in the 2022 World Brewers Cup, offers a different perspective. Tan does not believe that one brewer can inherently bring out more sweetness or acidity than another. Instead, she advocates for adapting brewing methods to the specific characteristics of different coffees.
Rejecting a one-size-fits-all approach, Tan underscores the uniqueness of each coffee's traits. According to her, the key to bringing out the best in different coffees lies in understanding the shape and design of the brewer and leveraging it to one's advantage. In essence, Tan finds joy in the diverse and dynamic nature of coffee preparation, emphasizing the importance of tailoring methods to suit the individual qualities of each coffee.
pattern: plain Packing boxes Capacity: Below 50mL Craft: Mino ware Product Name: Origami Coffee Filter Cup