Kōno Pour-Over Dripper$30
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The pioneer of the traditional pour-over, the Kono ‘Meimon’ Dripper represents the benchmark for high-quality filter brewing.
￼Developed in Japan after 5 years of refining and modification, the ‘Meimon’ Dripper became the first conically designed filter dripper, and remains the first choice for home brewers and professional baristas alike.
The Meimon dripper was developed by the Kono Coffee Syphon Company in 1973 after five years of refining and modification. The Meimon was the first of its kind, with 12 vertical resin ribs running down the inside of the conical design, ensuring consistent and even extraction, producing sweet and clean filter brews.
In 1919, Akira Kono was sent to Singapore as part of the Japanese Embassy’s medical staff. After his first encounter with Singaporean coffee, Kono, a medical student and assistant a the Kyushu Imperial University College of Medicine, became obsessed with brewing coffee using equipment based on vacuum or ‘syphoning’ principles.
After returning to Japan in 1923, Kono – now a doctor – continued to work on his coffee syphon device while running his own medical clinic in Ueno district of Tokyo.
By 1925, Kono’s vision was completed and labelled the “Kono Type Tea Saifun”, as was his newly founded company, The Coffee Saifun Co., with the mission statement being: to “gracefully extract the characteristic of coffee”.