So, I got a Clever Coffee dripper as a Chrismas present recently. And it really does live up to the hype. It extracts more of the coffee flavor than a drip machine. You can taste the difference between different coffee beans.
I would recommend following the included instructions. When I first got it, I was trying to follow various coffee blogs “best methods”. They didn’t work and some of them made a mess. The actual instructions are perfectly fine.