During a surf trip to Mal Pais, Costa Rica some years ago I discovered the chorreador de café, a simple and old-fashioned coffee brewing system that involves a wooden stand and a wire handle from which hangs a cotton sock-like filter. The chorreador was responsible for the potent Costa Rican coffee that became the cornerstone of my late-morning meals there. The routine for Mal Pais days went something like this: wake up with the sun, grab a board and surf all morning, crawl back to the cabinas then post up at Victor’s Taco Shop to recharge with fresh fruit and yogurt bowls, casados, and, of course, a freshly brewed cup of coffee. After a month of these recharging sessions I decided I had to bring a bit of Costa Rica home with me.
The Alaya coffee brewer honors the Costa Rican style of
coffee brewing with the organic cotton flannel filter. The design of
the stand and handle incorporates a more modern look than what was seen in Costa Rica but still
retains the simple function of brewing great coffee.
Alaya is all about promoting the hands-on experience of
brewing coffee. We think of it as the anti-automatic coffee machine. You control every detail of the brewing process- the water
temperature, the fineness of the coffee grounds, the ratio of coffee grounds to hot
water, and the pour. The result is a handcrafted cup every time you
The clearance from the base of the stand to the bottom of the filter is 6"
making it easy to brew directly into your mug, decanter and travel mug.
The Alaya filter is about the same volume as a #2 cone filter. Although it
works best brewing between 10-16 oz. cups I have used it to brew 24 ounces of
coffee at one time.
The Alaya brewer is made from anodized aluminum and the handle is stainless
steel. It is difficult to do any damage to the brewer so it should last a
lifetime. Cleaning is simple. Wipe it down. You do not need to use the
dishwasher. Rinse the filter under hot water after every use, never using
detergent or soap.
The Alaya filter is made from ORGANIC cotton flannel and can be reused everyday
for at least six months. When you decide to retire your filter is completely up
to you. The aluminum stand and stainless steel handle are common materials that
often come from previously recycled materials and are easily recycled.
If you’re already using a Hario glass
V60 dripper, perfect, the Alaya brewer is compatible. Add a little variety to you’re coffee brewing
The coffee brewer is built from anodized aluminum, the
handle is stainless steel and the reusable coffee filter is organic cotton
flannel. It’s extremely durable and the materials are environmentally
responsible. I have been fortunate to have found skilled manufactures in
California who are ready and excited to put these coffee brewers into
Weight: 1.6 lbs
The Alaya Brewer is launching on Kickstarter at a discount pre-order price. With your support we will fund the first round of production of the black anodized aluminum stand, stainless steel handle, and organic cotton filter. If our goal is met we will immediately move into production.
Alaya Brewer Bent Metal Series
5 Color Variations:
Industrial Grade Black (anodized)
Alaya Red (anodized)
Deep Sea Blue (anodized)
Raw Aluminum (anodized)
Stormtrooper White (powder coat)
If the project is funded a survey will be sent to all backers. That will be your opportunity to choose a color from the series.
Kickstarter for providing the coolest crowdfunding platform ever.
Kickstarter backers for your much appreciated support.
All of those who have helped with this project.
Risks and challenges
Manufacturers for the metal parts and cotton filters are in place and ready to take the order for the first round of production. I have already received guidance from some suppliers that it could take as much as 60-90 days to deliver on orders over 500 units.
The materials being used for the Alaya Brewer are common and easy to source.
Best case scenario is that Kickstarter support goes beyond my ability to fulfill personally. In which case a fulfillment company in the Bay Area will be hired to manage packaging, shipping and receiving to get all Kickstarter rewards delivered as quickly as possible.
I have been brewing a dark roast almost everyday with the same filter for about 6 months. I'm only now starting to think about switching the filter for a freshy. Oils do accumulate in the filter after repeated use and are wicked to the top of the filter. The decision to lay a filter to rest is completely subjective. As long as you're happy with the quality of the coffee you're brewing and you're not getting sediment in your cup, keep using the same filter.
Custom 12 oz double wall vacuum insulated Klean Kanteen and cafe cap with Alaya logo. Makes a great coffee decanter when taking it slow at home. Perfect for keeping the coffee hot when you've got some place to be.
Alaya Pour Over Coffee Brewer Kit: Includes Alaya drip stand, handle, and 2 organic cotton reusable filters. Plus, custom 12 oz double wall vacuum insulated Klean Kanteen and cafe cap with Alaya logo.