Clive Coffee, Portland's high-end coffee equipment boutique, has put a high-tech spin on one of the most low-tech forms of brewing: the pour-over.
Instead of physically having to pour hot water onto the coffee grounds in your cone filter, the $480 Ratio will do it for you. How is this different from a traditional coffee maker, which also automatically pours hot water over coffee grounds? We're not really sure.
But we'll give Clive Coffee this: The Portland designed and assembled Ratio is really very pretty. It's made of die-cast aluminum and Oregon walnut, and is outfitted with a glass carafe, metal Able Kone filter (which alone retails for $60), and a cork stopper.
Coffee geeks will argue there's an art to brewing a proper pour-over, with water temperatures and "bloom" times coming into play. We've suffered through our fair share of badly brewed pour-overs over the years to agree. The Ratio purports to take out the guesswork and, well, free up your hands.
If you want to see it in action and taste the results for yourself, the new TOMS store on Burnside, which opened Wednesday, is serving its TOMS Roasting Co. coffee on a Ratio. They say they're the first business to use the machine.
You can also watch the Ratio Video here. And if you fall in love, you'll have to wait to get your own. Clive is taking pre-orders now for February delivery.
TOMS Shoes: 1235 West Burnside, Portland. Hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Clive Coffee Showroom: 79 SE Taylor St., Portland. Hours: 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday.