The Clever Coffee Dripper combines the best features of French press and filter drip brewing, eliminating the drawbacks of each. With French press brewing, you have control over steeping time, but heat loss and sediment in the cup can be a problem. Brewing with a paper filter is easy and convenient; the problem is lack of control over steeping time (i.e. the coffee begins to drain immediately). By adding a stopper to the filtercone, the Clever Coffee Dripper combines control over steeping time with a sediment-free cup.
We call this a "full immersion brewing" method. Plus, they now come with a lid! The lid is important to keep the hot during infusion. We have used all manner of small plates, saucers, etc which all work but it is nice to have an actual lid now. (They still have a coaster - which is smaller with a lip on it. The lid is larger with a small handle in the middle.)
Like all filtercone brewing methods, you directly control the temperature of the water, ratio of water and coffee and infusion time. The filter takes a #4 Size Filter (or a #6 paper filter). Not dishwasher or microwave safe.