When I first received the Gabi Drip Master coffee brewer (aka the Master A), I had no idea how to make coffee with it. I’ve used many other pour-over coffee brewers, but this one was unique. Whereas other pour-over coffee brewers task you with controlling the water flow over the beans, the Gabi Drip Master adds a clever twist. It is designed in a way that it collects the water poured and then evenly distributes that water over the beans for you in a more uniform manner.
How well does it make coffee compared to other flat-bottom pour-over brewers? I’ll render a verdict at the end of the article. First, let’s make some coffee.
Putting the Gabi Drip Master together the first time is like putting together a puzzle. All the parts collapse into a tight space. We will need to unpack and assemble the brewer.
Open the shell and pull out the parts.
The part in the upper right can be opened to find another section.
Here we have the entire brewer. On the Top Row, we have the Dripper and Waterspout. Underneath, are the Water Bottle and the Multi. We’ll go through each later. Now, all we need is a mug or jar to brew our coffee into.
Measuring the Coffee
Also included in the Gabi Drip Master is a scoop, which is incorrectly labeled as 15 grams. It doesn’t hold 15 grams. It holds 6-7 grams of coffee. The mislabeling won’t be a problem because we are going to keep the math simple.
We are going to brew 10 ounces of coffee. This means 3 scoops will give us approximately 20 grams of coffee. Since 10 ounces is about 300 milliliters, this works out to a brew ratio of 15:1 (15 parts water to 1 part coffee).
Probably the second most clever part of the Gabi Drip Master design is that the top chamber holds exactly 150 grams of water. This means two fills will meet our water needs. There is no need to weigh anything. The most clever part is the Waterspout, which will be covered later.
This is a different recipe than the one included in the instructions. I think mine is better. Feel free to adjust the recipe for your tastes.
Grinding the Coffee
Since this is a flat-bottom pour-over brewer, I used a medium grind, like I would for the Kalita Wave or the Stagg Dripper.
Brewing the Coffee
#1 Connect the Water Bottle to the Waterspout
The Water Bottle fits on top of the Waterspout. Connect the two. The Water Bottle will hold the water before it goes into the Waterspout.
Set this aside for now.
#2 Rinse the Filter (Optional)
The Gabi uses the same 155 series filter as the Kalita Wave. Place the filter in the Dripper and rinse with hot water. Throw out the rinse water. Because the Kalita Wave filter is so thin and there is a debate on if it is best to rinse that filter, I’m labeling this as an optional step.
For my tests, I rinsed, because I had the brown filters, which to me impart more of a paper taste. If I had the plain white, I might not rinse. It all depends on if you can taste the paper in the brew.
#3 Add Ground Coffee and Place Over Mug
Add 20 grams or 3 scoops of medium ground coffee into the filter. Place the filter into the Dripper and then set the Dripper over a mug or jar. For this tutorial, I am using a jar.
The Multi is a device used when the Dripper doesn’t fit your mug. If the Dripper fits your mug then you won’t need this part.
The Dripper here is sitting on the Multi, which is like a stand for your mug or jar.
#4 Place the Connected Water Bottle / Waterspout Over the Dripper
Place the connected Water Bottle and Waterspout onto the Dripper. Now the brew stack is complete.
Here is the full brew stack. From top to bottom: Water bottle, Waterspout, Dripper (with filter and ground coffee), Multi, and Jar.
#5 Add Water
Heat water to 200° F. Fill the Water Bottle to the top. Wait until all that water exits completely into the Waterspout. Then fill it again. At this point, you will have added 300 milliliters of water, which is all we need for our 10-ounce cup of coffee.
Add hot water to Water Bottle.
#6 Remove stack and Enjoy!
Once the coffee has finished brewing, remove the stack and enjoy.
The Waterspout is Pretty Cool
What makes the Gabi special is the Waterspout. Instead of having a human try to gently and evenly pour water onto the coffee grounds, that task is handled by the Waterspout. It slows the flow of water into cascading drops that hit the grounds evenly.
As the person making the coffee, my only task, once the Gabi Drip Master stack is set up, is to add enough water to the Water bottle. The Gabi does the rest. I’ve tried many different coffee pour-over devices and this is the first time I’ve seen this part handled for me. This is what high-end automatic drip coffee makers do so well, but at a much lower price point.
This is a close-up view of the waterspout.
When I first test a new coffee brewer, I expect the first few brews not to go smoothly, so I don’t use my best coffee. I use my worst coffee. It is better to make mistakes and throw out coffee you don’t like instead of wasting your best coffee. So for this brewer, I used a naturally processed coffee from Indonesia that just tasted odd to me. Bright, but not sweet, with a sour finish.
To my amazement, the Gabi made this coffee that was underwhelming on the AeroPress taste magical. It was rich, sweet, and with a clean finish. No sourness.
Then I pulled out my good coffee and made several more mugs of coffee. Each one was outstanding.
I’m a fan of the Gabi Drip Master. When I first stacked all those sections together, I felt a little silly, like I was playing coffee Jenga, but the coffee speaks for itself. It tastes great. The Gabi Master is a great flat-bottom pour-over device.
The Gabi Master A, Drip Brewed Coffee Maker (Amazon USA, Amazon Canada)
Dripper filters (eBay, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada)
Stagg Pour-Over Coffee Dripper Review and Tutorial – Flat-bottom pour-over device.
Kalita Wave Coffee Brewing Tutorial – INeedCoffee brewing tutorial.
Coffee Brewing Guide – Our guide includes several different pour-over tutorials.
Disclosure: INeedCoffee received a Gabi Master Dripper for this tutorial.