Brew Guide | Tricolate No-Bypass Brewer

Tricolate (Trick-o-l8)

This brewer is what we call a no-bypass brewing. In typical brewing, water is natural to skip the bed and enter straight into the brewed cup. It can happen intentionally - such as our Aeropress Bypass method - or unintentionally - such as water going through the paper filter sideways because there is too much resistance in the slurry. Bypass is a naturally occurring thing that many roasters worldwide consider when making coffee.

That takes into the Tricolate and its cylindrical shape, precisely engineered and height-calibrated dispersion shower, large, flat brew bed, and durable construction. Its intention is to allow no water to skip the bed of coffee, which means more water can go through the coffee, and you can achieve more solubles. A no-bypass method will have a more effective and efficient extraction - a stronger coffee without using as much coffee. Let's check out how to brew on it.

Technical Details:

  1. TDS: 1.20-1.30%
  2. Extraction: 22%
  3. Fellow Ode Setting: 1.2
  4. Baratza Setting: 11-12
  5. Ratio: 13G:260G (1:20)
  6. Water Temperature: boiling water


  • Before we start brewing, there are some things we need to prepare.
  • Have a kettle ready with at least 500 ml of water, a scale and a grinder.
  • Weigh out 13 grams of coffee. Our recommended grind settings are 1.66 (or 1.2) on the Fellow Ode, #11-12 on Baratza products. We are grinding finer than normal with his brewer. If you have a different grinder, you can find the manufacturer's recommended grind settings on our blog.
  • We will be setting our kettle ready right off the boil.
  • As always, we are prewetting the filter to increase the brewer's temperature and rinse off any impurities in the paper filter. Plastic is a very good insulator and the most stable brewer material.
  • Discard the water.
  • Replace the brewer and carafe.


  • You can add the coffee to the bed, and because we are grinding somewhat fine, there may be some clumps. It's important to level it out and distribute it evenly.
  • Place the shower head on top of the brewer.
  • We will bloom the coffee by adding 45 grams of water and giving the brewer a slight swirl.
  • Allow blooming for 45 seconds.
  • Then you can add the rest of the water to the shower head.
  • What's nice about this brewer is that you do not need a gooseneck kettle.
  • Your final brew time will be around 5:00 to 6:00 minutes.


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