This post is written in partnership with Best Coffee & Brewed By Hand.
Being a lover of hand brewing, I was pretty ecstatic when the guys at Brew By Hand and Best Coffee asked me to review one of their new products: the April Brewer.
I loved it pretty instantly, not only for the design itself, but also for how tasty and consistent the brews have been.
Before we get into much nerdy details, the brewer needs a little bit of introduction.
Back in 2019, in Boston Patrick Rolf came to the stage of the World Brewers Cup with a new brewer. The brewer was designed by Patrick himself to achieve consistent brews on stage, as well aid him to brew the perfect cup of coffee. Exactly what the judges would have expected from him.
Patrick not only won a well deserved silver medal, after a magnificent routine – yes, you got a fan here- but also generated the highest-scoring cup in the competition. You gathered, quite a big deal for us in the coffee world.
Since then, it took him and the team at April Coffee Roaster a couple of years to make some small final changes to improve the brewer.
I am happy to share with you, that it was completely worth the wait.
Attention! This next part of the post is about to get quite technical and geeky. So it may be confusing if you have never encountered these terms before.
Before I go into details, let’s talk about the design of the April Brewer.
The team at April teamed up with Belgian design company Serax to craft a product that combines beauty and functionality. Patrick and the team decided to opt for a flatbed brewer, as these help with sweetness and consistent extraction.
The April Brewer itself it’s made of ceramic clay, finished in white gloss. This material helps with maintaining the temperature of the brew, not only in the little cup provided but also in the brewing process. Ceramic clay is known for his conductivity and it works perfectly here.
At the bottom of the brewer can be found 3 little “filter holders”, that help the filter sit in place during the brewing process. These also help with the flow rate, and keeps it consistent.
On the outside, where the base is, we can find some “Air Pockets”. These have been designed to allow air circulation, which helps with maintaining a consistent and clean cup.
I did some thorough testing, and drank definitely way more coffee that I should have. I used the WBC Scoring Sheet to be accurate and consistent.
Even though I didn’t always use the same coffee, I kept some parameters the same: dose, yield and the method of brewing.
The results out of all the testing where pretty similar:
- Sweetness: the sweetness in the brews were consistently between a medium/high and I found myself scoring it mostly 8-9. I was lingering and very pleasant.
- Body: the body was juicy, no matter what process or where the coffee came from. Again, high scorers here with an average of 8.5 between all coffees. Literally, most coffees tasted like actual fruit juice.
- Acidity: acidity was present but not dominant. It was in perfect balance with sweetness, and they both complemented each other.
- Aftertaste: again, very well balanced and quite lingering. Another high scorer, around the 9s on most of my brews.
Now, the only things I couldn’t do was take the TDS of my brews – sorry guys, a TDS is way to expensive for someone who’s about to start university again.
But, from past experience and testing I have done at work, I tend to be a consistent brewer.
To conclude, the April Brewer has easily become a favourite of mine. From the design, to the consistency of the brews, it definitely has my full vote.
You can currently buy the brewer through the Best Coffee App Website.