clog up or back up," a barista named Jason explained this morning. "There's really big hole at the bottom for quicker extraction ― the water doesn't back up, resulting in some of the grounds being overextracted and some being underextracted. It's a cleaner, more efficient cup of coffee." Another barista said that Hario's light paper filter doesn't give the coffee any paper taste. Ritual's using the
installation of its new V-60 bar to a) showcase its single-origin
coffees and b) sell more of the pricier coffees by the cup. The cafe now features three V-60 coffees each day, which range in price from $2.25 (about the same as a basic cup at other local microroasters) to $6.50 (about the same as Blue Bottle's luxury siphon-bar cups).
What was the reason for the banishment of the Clover machine, which is supposed to be the ne plus ultra of coffee makers? "It created a really good smelling cup of coffee, but it didn't taste as good," Jason said. "Plus it was
really expensive to maintain." (Not to mention the Starbucks association, which caused a couple of A-list roasters to sell off their machines in 2008.) If you're interested in picking up one of Ritual's four discarded machines, they're on the market at a discount: $8K apiece.
You can also buy a V-60 setup for home use at Ritual for $25 (or directly from Hario
for as low as $7); the coffeehouse sells a pack of 100 filters for
$8.50. Of course, that's only just the beginning. If you, O Third Wave convert, go down the
rabbit hole, you'll next have to drop $100-$250 on a proper burr grinder, $40 on an electronic scale, and $70 on a tea kettle with a fine spout so you don't "drown" the grounds.
Which makes a $6.50 cup of coffee at Ritual seem a little cheaper.
Ritual Coffee Roasters 1026 Valencia (at 21st St.), 641-1011