The chorreador is a coffee-making device that is widely used in Costa Rica. It is a simple yet effective way to make coffee, and it has been a part of the country’s coffee culture for many years.
How it Works
The chorreador consists of a wooden stand that holds an elongated cotton filter bag, which is shaped like a pocket. The mouth of the filter bag is held open by a circular wire or wooden rim that is attached to a handle. The stand is used to hold a coffee cup or coffee pot on its base, and the filter bag is suspended from the top of the chorreador stand, hanging above the container.
To make coffee using a chorreador, fine to medium-fine ground coffee is spooned into a dry filter bag. Boiling water is poured slowly over the coffee grounds, and the liquid seeps through, making coffee, which drips into the waiting container. The bag is always washed and dried between each use, as a dry bag produces the best results. It is advisable for anyone who likes to make coffee often to have more than one filter. When the coffee is made, the bag is rinsed afterwards with water to remove the coffee grains. Soap or detergent is never used for cleaning because they would leave an aftertaste in the coffee. In time, oils from the coffee grounds, such as caffeoyl, dye the cotton bag; however, the taste of the brewed coffee remains unaffected. These oils can be dissolved and removed by scrubbing the bag with salt about once a month, followed by a thorough rinse to remove all of the salt. A properly cared-for bag lasts many months.
Design and Use
The chorreador can be made at home simply and cheaply with very basic carpentry and sewing skills, or it can be crafted from beautiful and decorative softwoods or hardwoods by an artisan. The word chorreador is related to the Spanish verb chorrear, meaning to drip or trickle, and refers to the action of hot water seeping through the coffee grounds and dripping out. A coffee cup or pot is placed on the bottom of the stand, and fine to medium-fine ground coffee is spooned into a dry bag. This is then suspended from the top of the stand so it hangs over the container.
The chorreador is a simple yet effective way to make coffee, and it is a part of Costa Rican culture. It is a great way to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or afternoon, and it is easy to use and clean. If you are looking for a new way to make coffee, or if you are interested in Costa Rican culture, the chorreador is definitely worth trying out.