Hi everyone! It's Nao from the marketing team.
One of the biggest hits this year so far has been ORIGAMI Dripper Air. It was attracting attention on SNS even before its official release.
With the iconic ribs still in shape, Air dripper has changed its material from standard porcelain to AS resin.
Airs went flying off our shelves and sold out only hours from our first release, and we've been negotiating with the supplier to get restocked as soon as possible...Thank you for your patience, they're back!
Now that we've got them on our shelves again, I'd like to take some time today to go through their features. I've also compared two coffees brewed with Air and porcelain. Hopefully, this blog post will give you a better understanding of ORIGAMI drippers and help you make up your mind on which to get.
1. Three unique features of Air
2. Comparison of extracted coffees
3. Which one should I get?
Let's get into it!
Light, Tough, Steady: 3 Features of Air
What advantages do Air have over porcelain?
1. 50% reduced weight
Light and airy, you can lift and carry it around with you at ease.
2. Improved toughness
With enhanced shock and scratch resistance, you no longer need to fear accidental drops and clashes.
3. Steady brewing
AS resin has low heat conductivity, and therefore it keeps the influence of hot water and open air to minimum.
How does it taste?
With the help of Kosuke, our head roaster, we've tried brewing and tasting coffee using both Air and porcelain under the same condition.
Here's our thoughts!
AS resin doesn't get affected by surrounding temperature so much. This means the dripper gets neither hot nor cold during extraction and maintains steady temperature throughout. This feature makes Air a perfect beginner model for new home baristas, as you can avoid astringency better.
Resulting coffee was overall clean. Each flavours stood out yet coming together to a soft, tender finish. Personally, it's the type of coffee I'd like to drink in the morning for a fresh start to the day.
Porcelain has higher heat conductivity, which means the dripper is easily affected by the surrounding temperature. By warming up the dripper beforehand, you can extract coffee at high temperature and bring out full flavours of coffee. It does require a bit of practice and experience, but it expands the potential of your pour-over.
Coffee had clear acidity. It was juicy, with sufficient body and left me with a pleasant satisfaction after finishing my cup.
Which dripper should I get?
To sum up:
- If you're new to home-brews and/or like clean, refreshing coffee, then Air is your choice. Also, if you frequently go outdoors with your gears, then Air would enable you to brew consistently regardless of outside temperature. Of course, it also has improved portability!
- Porcelain requires careful attention to maintaining steady temperature, but once you're in control of it, you can bring out rich flavours of coffee to its full potential. Highly recommended to coffee-lovers who enjoy juicy coffee with rich body.
There's no answer to coffee, and honestly I can't say which dripper is better. They both have their strengths and it's up to you to decide which features you favour more.
I hope the above descriptions and comparisons will help you decide which one to get (or both!) If you're still unsure of which one to get, my advice would be to choose the one that lifts your mood the most; there are a wide range of colours to choose from, and it's a good idea to choose the one you would feel happy seeing and using on a daily basis. Just follow your heart!
Thanks for reading and happy brewing everyone ;)