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Kantan’ literally means ‘easy’ in Japanese, and these little single-cup single-use drippers certainly live up to their name. Flat packed and disposable, the Kantan is perfect for long haul flights.

The Kantan Drip works just like other pour-over vessels. Simply unfold it and sit it on top of a mug or paper cup (to save you having to do ANY washing up at all) and you’re ready to brew!



Here’s what you’ll need to get ready before you start brewing:

  • Your favourite beans roasted for filter and a hand grinder; OR as freshly ground filter coffee as possible. Just remember the longer the coffee has been ground for, the less flavour you will get out of your coffee. You want your grind to be medium grind size for filter.
  • Get your KeepCup, mug or simply a takeaway paper cup to sit the Kantan on ready for extraction.
  • Almost boiling water, about 92-94c (or boiled water that has rested for about 30 seconds). This can be from a gooseneck pouring kettle or a paper cup from the nearest hot water source. Try and make this the last thing that you organise so that the water stays as hot as possible!


Once you have everything together, get your brew on:


  1. Unfold the Kantan Drip by first folding along the curved lines to create a tent-like shape. Each side of the Kantan has three feet, and you want to place the middle foot on each side of the paper into the inside of your decanter cup to allow it to sit nicely on top. Then push the brewing paper out underneath to form a square-like basket.
  2. Place your ground coffee into the square-like basket of the Kantan. The flat bottom of the basket helps towards an even and consistent extraction. We like to use the ratio of 1g of coffee to 15.6g water. For an 8oz takeaway cup, we use 15g ground coffee to a medium grind size for filter, coarser than espresso grind but finer than a plunger/French-press grind, with about 235ml of water.
  3. Pour a small amount of your hot water over your ground coffee to saturate and bloom. Be careful not to fill it too much, because the gases in your fresh coffee are itching to escape and may cause your pre-brew to overflow into your cup! Drinking coffee grinds isn’t necessarily what you want to be doing first thing in the morning!
  4. There isn’t a lot of room to hold the water, so there will be a lot of topping up of water over the course of your brew. The total brew time is similar to other pour-over methods of about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Once you have used up all of your water, lift the Kantan Drip off the top of your cup and dispose of it. And voila! Your Kantan Drip has just produced a deliciously brewed cup of coffee, with barely any washing up or fuss at all!


Our Roasters recommend trying our Caldas La Union from Colombia or our Ethiopia Suke Quto in your Kantan Drip. These spectacular coffees will certainly help ease your travel burdens.

We’d love to see your coffee adventures unfold, so feel free to snap away and use the hashtag #tobysbrew