Unbelievably Clean and Revealing Pourover Coffee.
MELODRIP (IN) PARTICULATES STAY (OUT)
MELODRIP transforms the pour from any kettle into a zero-agitation sprinkle resulting in PERFECTLY PRECISE POURS. Regardless of the type of kettle your using.
It can deliver even-hydration and temperature distribution while virtually eliminating the negative effects of kettle agitation (i.e. particle suspension) in the brewbed.
Simply put, this means fewer insoluble particles flowing out of your dripper and into your cup.
The result is a taste experience of unparalleled clarity.
Taming the BEAST made EASY.
By simply controlling agitation, you can reduce the amount of fine particles that flow into your cup. All it takes is a sprinkle!
Precision. Durability. Usability. Guaranteed. For LIFE.
Every melodrip is made of kitchen safe, bar-proof, enthusiast tested, hand assembled, and qc'd. If for any reason your melodrip malfunctions, breaks, or cannot be used anymore, we will replace it for free! (*shipping charges apply.)
melodrip handle | material data
stainless steel: machined 304 stainless steel//knurled for optimal handling//bent to maximize visual clearance. 38.2g
copper plated: 100% copper plating//electroplating process//anti-microbial benefits: over 99.9% of E. coli microbes are killed after just 1–2 hours on copper.
melodrip dish | material data
Eastman Tritan TX1001 copolyester//BPA free//certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 51 for Food Equipment Materials//Excellent clarity//Good chemical resistance//Good heat resistance//Excellent clarity//Outstanding impact resistance//11.8gcertified to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 – Drinking Water System Components-Health Effects//
melodrip stick | material data
Lab-grade borosilicate glass//6mm diameter//152mm length//High heat resistance
Standard kettle-pour agitation is essential, but only when skillfully applied.
The major drawback of the pouring kettle, is its inability to isolate the negative effects of agitation when applying heat and hydration (particle-suspension/unintended spikes in extraction.)
It's great for dissolving solubles (tasties), but it's equally great at distributing insolubles (nasties).
The Finest of Fines.
Average paper coffee filters are capable of retaining most particles larger than 20 microns.
Although this seems sufficient from a practical standpoint, a single dose of ground coffee can include a considerable volume of dusty <20micron particles.
Once suspended in the brew, these fine particles will not settle and can flow through the filter paper.
The Difference Is Clarity.
We can brew two coffees side by side with identical variables and extractions. The only difference being one is brewed with a melodrip on the left, and the other brewed with a standard bare kettle on the right.
Same extraction. The big difference is flavor clarity.
Precision Pours Perfected.
In June 2016 we had sent out limited quantities of beta test units to coffee enthusiasts across multiple continents. Their specialties ranged from competitors, to baristas, roasters, educators, home brewers and the list goes on! It was with their feedback, patience, and continued exploration that gave us the confidence to make the move to Kickstarter. Here are impressions from some of our first wave of testers…
When we brew, we don’t control coffee, it’s usually the other way around.
I realized early in my brewing journey that good coffee doesn’t like being forced into conformity. Whether being shattered into trillions of uneven particles when ground, or swirled randomly inside a brewer with a kettle pour, coffee behaves the way it wants to, whether or not our intentions are scientific or purely casual.
It was then, when I began to question the concept of “precision” in coffee brewing, and the tools and methods that claimed to do the job accordingly. I started to focus less on variables we can control, and more on those we can’t control.
I’ve spent years testing, documenting, and understanding every subcomponent of various pourover techniques, and I soon realized that pouring water was a process that contributed to the highest amount of variability in the slurry.
Hydration, saturation, temperature distribution, and agitation… After observing and measuring the effects of these techniques, it was clear that in many cases, the gooseneck kettle alone was not capable of fully controlling these variables with precision. Especially in regards to controlling agitation.
So I started making various prototypes assembled from petri dishes, kitchen utensils, lab gear, and hardware paraphernalia, then MD was born.
In 2015, In early 2016 year, I decided to take the next step and take this project on full time, not only to realize the potential of melodrip, but to share it first hand with the public and exchange ideas on this new way of brewing.
So I shared my theories and prototypes with two friends, Julie and Haomin, and immediately found myself establishing a partnership that was to become our company - melodrip co.
We invested our time and money, and exhausted our passions and expertise to develop a multitude of prototype dishes and handles. We spent countless hours of testing and developing recipes that would work with the myriad of home and professional 'setups'. Then in early 2016, melodrip finally went into production.
We created a limited number of fully operational "beta test" versions of melodrip, created packaging, some early instructions, then hand assembled and sent them around the world. Entirely self funded.
We immediately gained worldwide interest, garnering attention from the professional and enthusiast community, have been featured in major media outlets, and had the opportunity to be used in competitions.
Since the launch of our world wide beta test, we've had an overwhelming demand from the coffee community. This gave us the confidence and support to get here! Now we're off to Kickstarter!
We have arrived at a point where the concept and product was proven by some very discriminating people in coffee, and we are now excited to get melodrip into the hands of everyone else who has been eagerly waiting!
We thank the community for both encouraging and championing innovation in the pursuit of education, refinement, and knowledge, and everyone else who has challenged the legitimacy of the melodrip method.
You have all made us the company we are today.
Ray Murakawa | Juliana Hung | Haomin Lo
Risks and challenges
The product design, testing, and manufacturing capabilities have been established for the final product.
The final product has been in production at low volumes, but has been shipped and tested around the world since March without any durability issues. This will be the exact version of melodrip that will be shipped to you.
We are partnered with a manufacturer who guarantees the life of our dish-molding, and they have produced a very high quality product that has surpassed our standards. We have ordered our handles from two separate manufacturers and we have chosen one that has also delivered a quality product.
As we have already transacted with both, we are confident of their manufacturing capabilities.
Both partners are capable of switching to a high volume production pipeline.
The major risks are as follows:
The final packaging is currently in design. Although we have packaging for our beta units, we want to redesign the entire packaging with optimal durability and space consciousness in mind.
We have not decided on a manufacturer of the packaging, and depending on our initial order we will need to calculate the logistics of assembling the packaging for shipment.
Although melodrip is easily assembled, we will need to assemble and QC each piece. Doing this correctly at a high volume is something we are currently calculating.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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