Someone gave me the nod a few weeks back to pick up this interesting blend of Ethiopian coffees from Verve, and I'm glad I did. It's comprised of 50% washed and 50% natural processed coffees from the same wet mill in Kochere Woreda. Definitely getting those bright citrus and floral notes from the washed and deep berry and honey sweetness from the natural.
Also, I've been using the melodrip for a little bit and I'm finally coming around to posting with it. For those who are aware, Ray Murakawa has been creating these little tools for a while now, and has sent them out to a group of registered beta testers. Many people have been posting about their experiences and discussing the advantages of a more controlled agitation during brewing and the response has generally been very positive. While I really wanted to get in on the first round of betas, I was also hesitant to take something for free and especially to post about it, having not invested something in the product.
Once the second beta test opportunity opened up, I signed up and reached out to Ray asking if I could pay for mine. He declined, which is totally understandable, so I waited ... and waited ... and waited some more for mine to show up. Coincidentally, before my beta version eventually arrived, Ray also started a Kickstarter campaign which I backed (but at double the rate of a single melodrip). Now that the beta unit has arrived, it's been a great joy to use, and the majority of what I've been hearing from friends has turned out to be very true. Summing up my thoughts in my IG post:
It’s inexpensive but well built. Seems to work nicely with most brew methods. Being able to pin down/communicate turbulence as a variable is really handy ... where most recipes out there would not really talk about pour speed/technique/flowrate, one could easily share a recipe on the melodrip and be sure someone could replicate it. Cups are consistently clean and repeatable. It’s also useful for mixing it with bare kettle pours at different stages of the brew (eg. starting faster and finishing slowly/gently). Overall pretty happy with it, though it took a bit to get used to in the beginning.
I'm really hopeful that Ray's project continues to succeed. It's such a useful brewing tool, and definitely something I use more than most other fiddly little gadgets that I happen across.