Every version of the OREA Brewer has been quite revolutionary. Each time we evolve, we bring new ideas forward. To get a new version name, the change has to be quite drastic. With the V4, we think we have really made something industry-leading and future-proof and we hope you will agree.
The V4 is far more than a brewer. V4 is a system - a system that currently supports 8 brewing devices, in two tidy packages. A system we can build upon, over time. We think it is so good that we may never have to make a V5, but time will tell.
Everything in this system has been thoroughly tested. If an item exists as part of the system, it means it was significantly different than the other and warranted a place in the system. We tried hard to eliminate components as each component ads cost (we are a small business) - and we settled on our best and most unique designs to kickstart the best system in coffee brewing. It was simply not possible to eliminate more - we just loved all of these options!
The V4 uses a modular system to attach and remove different bottoms. We made the connection point quite high on the brewer so that we can really make meaningful changes to how the bottoms are designed. This is not modularity for modularity sake - we are not changing meaningless things. Rather, this is a system that allows you to make big changes with small parts. It was not easy to design, and we are sure many will copy these ideas, but they will never be as good as the original.
We like to launch new products with options. It's part of what we enjoy about the process of designing and exploring these products. In the V3 Brewer we released two sizes, 155 and 185. In the V4 we focus on two geometries: Narrow and Wide. Both are sized "Large / 185". For now, we are abandoning the idea of tiny brewers, because we prefer the flexibility of a slightly bigger body with the same geometry. The flow rates and cup profiles of the two geometries are very different - we really think you will love exploring this.
73° Narrow - our classic geometry. While the brewer looks a bit different on the outside, the Narrow V4 has the same geometry inside as the V3 & V2.
65° Wide - a new geometry for us. Narrower than most, but wider than our classic. We found this a sweet spot for really making a difference but not quite becoming a slow bowl. It's a width we are comfortable with and it provides a very unique profile.
Each geometry has 3 different flat bottoms. You may notice they are very similar to all of the other brewers we just released too, and this is not a coincidence.
The Classic - a V3 MK2 bottom in the V4, for an equivalent performance and flavour profile. This bottom provides some restriction while keeping the bed perfectly flat. Our vintage approach, loved around the world.
The Open - the same design as our Glass Series OPEN brewer but in the V4 plastic body, which will give a different profile. This bottom will focus flow centrally and produce a different flavour profile entirely - a great one to explore.
The Fast - this design takes all of the ideas we explored in the new Big Boy Brewer and brings these into the V4 system. An unclogable design, and probably our fastest - giving new options for those wanting to explore grinding finer, pouring bigger, or playing with many paper types.
Besides the 3 flat bottoms, each geometry comes with an APEX bottom - our version of "conical". The APEX is a new space to explore, between conical and flat, and there is a lot more information about this new style of brewing below. The APEX bottom works with conical papers like the V60/Cafec/etc provided you follow a folding guide. However, we really love it with our flat papers and V4 Negotiators that have special APEX tips to help you manipulate the shape of the cone. The APEX bottom completes the current system for each geometry, brining a conical brewer to the lineup, but also something new with APEX brewing. In reality, you can say it's more than 4 brewers in one - depending how you use it. But we'll just keep it simple for the sake of everyone's sanity.
Geometry impacts the characteristics of the brew and your brewing experience. While we them both, there are some differences between the two.
The WIDE OREA V4 has about 20% more volume than the NARROW OREA V4. This is simply due to the wider geometry. The WIDE OREA V4 can handle slightly larger brews, up to 36g (2 cups), while the NARROW OREA V4 shines until about 28g (2 smaller cups). They both use the exact same paper sizes (185 / Large).
The NARROW OREA V4 will always be faster - but this does not mean that the WIDE OREA V4 is slow. When brewing under the same conditions, the NARROW OREA V4 tends to draw down about 30 seconds faster.
Both geometries produce great results in the cup, with the WIDE versions favouring more body and balance, while the NARROW versions more brightness and intensity. The results are of course impacted greatly by technique, the chosen bottoms, paper, and grind.
The NARROW OREA V4 will work with rounder APEX bottoms than the WIDE, which needs to be sharper due to the hole size and geometry. If you are in search of clean, bright acidity, we recommend the NARROW. If you are in search of balanced and bright cups, we recommend the WIDE.
One area these brewers do not differ from each-other is in their consistency. Delicious cup after cup with less variance than other devices.
APEX™ brewing is something new to filter coffee - a space between conical and flat where we are the first to explore fully. What we can say is that we were really blown away from early testing in the quality of extractions you can achieve with this new style of "conical".
We call it APEX™ because we are manipulating the APEX of the cone shape - the APEX being the pointy end. With different Negotiator APEX tips, we are able to manipulate the APEX curve, softening or sharpening it in order to manipulate how conical the shape is and how coffee shapes within it. A traditional conical filter is perhaps too sharp - for our liking anyway. It tends to bring out sharp acidity, in a profile we never really loved. With our APEX method, you have the option to round this off, more or less - depending what you like - and really manipulate quite precisely how you allow the water to interact with the bed of coffee. With our rounder APEX tips, we find the holy grail of clarity, round acidity, with the sweetness and body we love from our flat bottoms. You may prefer the sharper APEX tips though - which is totally ok! What we can promise is that with small changes you will taste a big difference in the cup, and that's what always motivates us.
The APEX bottom holes are very large. In fact, one cannot replicate APEX brewing on a classic V60, because the hole is too small and the ridges get in the way. You will never be able to achieve the same result in those devices, which is probably why they never explored these ideas themselves.
Our APEX bottoms have channels rather than protruding ridges to create airflow and space. We noticed that the use of ridges (that sick out - like in a V60 or Kono for instance) alter the inner geometry. This seems problematic - as we like simple and consistent surfaces. We instead use a series of small channels around the APEX bottom, which maintains the exact geometry of the inner side of the brewer at 73 or 65 degrees.
We maintain our flat walls, but keep use of faster geometry and smart airflow to bring the same brewing ideas from our V3 / V3 MK2 into a conical experience with APEX.
Yes - with a simple fold, you can use traditional conical filters on the APEX bottoms. The fold is required to adhere to our unique geometry as our brewers are not 60° like traditional conicals. We do recommend these traditional papers more for our Wide geometry as they are a bit too long and pointy on our Narrow - but you can feel free to explore.
Not really - but it can be for many. It is our specific interpretation of the conical method, but we much prefer it with our specific APEX tips, flat paper, and the Negotiator. As a new method, it's more exciting for us than used as a traditional conical - which works too of course!
When we took on the challenge of making a modular brewer - we really did not want it to feel modular. Sometimes modular products just feel too... modular. We didn't want this to feel gimmicky in any way. Each time you configure it, it looks and feels like a normal brewer - there is no feeling of modularity. If you prefer to use one bottom most of the time, you will never think of the brewer as a modular object, just as that specific brewer. All connection points are sturdy threads, they inter-lock with connections hidden by the base. Each combination feels amazing on its own, and this was so important to us that it's hard to convey with text alone. Nothing about the V4 will feel modular - it will feel like a solid brewer with options when you want them.
A stunning metal base, machined from Stainless Steel, brings the whole brewer together. This is a nice in-between of the metal V2 and plastic V3, nostalgia included. It brings a nice premium weight to the brewer that we absolutely love.
The plastic elements of the brewer (funnel & bottoms) are made from a high-impact Polypropylene that is BPA Free and approved for food safety by the FDA and EU. This is the same material as the V3 MK2 and the Big Boy.
Currently we will only sell this unit in matte black, with the same durable matte finish as our Big Boy and V3 MK2 brewers.
By using a smart system, we are able to bring you our best 4 (or 8!) ideas in a tidy package at a fair price. It's hard to compete with the giants out there that can mass-produce a full brewer for £15. With this approach, we can compete with that price and give you a much better product. If you pre-order now, you can get the full set in one geometry (narrow or wide) for £40 - or £10 per brewer. You can save 30% by pre-ordering now, rather than waiting until June/July 2024 when they will be more widely available.
With these new options, we have a new challenge in getting folks going when they buy the V4. But don't worry - we are on it. As always, you will find helpful recipes in the box, tailored for different bottoms in the system. We will also be rebuilding our guides section to better support the new versatility before these products ship.
As you can tell, we like testing and exploring improvements constantly. Sometimes, this annoys people that buy our products to find we released something better a year later. At the core of what we do is the pursuit of the perfect brewing method - we don't like to sit on something that is not good enough. If we have good ideas, we improve our products. What you think is great today, you may learn tomorrow that it can be improved. People come up with new tools/ideas/innovations that drastically impact your way of thinking over time. This is why we prefer to evolve, to experiment, to improve. And we won't apologise for that - we are here to make the best.
By making a system rather than a set of 4 individual brewers - we forced ourselves to think about the future within the present. We sell you a structure which we can build upon, with space to make meaningful changes. If we explore different materials, designs, add-ons - we can sell you that on its own, rather than having to make a full new device. This helps us explore together, makes it easier for us to bring new ideas to market and cheaper for you to buy and try too.
Making a new full product comes with a big footprint. We prefer to focus on making small add-ons to grow a system, store and ship smaller components, use less space and less fuel, at a smaller cost to you, to us, and to the planet. We may fail in this approach, but we thought it was important to try.
As we work to future-proof our small independent business (it is as such on purpose), we need to be more clever in how we design our main products. We think this is a better approach for how we want to grow, and how we want to best serve you.
V4 is a lot to take in - we know. At its simplest, the V4 is our best ideas wrapped into two simple devices. They each give you 4 of the best brewing options in the world, work with the best papers in the world, and bring a whole new method to try in APEX brewing. All of that for just $12.50 per device, keeping our best brewers competitive with the biggest companies in the world. Besides that, you buy into a system that will grow with time, where you can upgrade parts at reasonable prices. On top of that, when you're using it - you'll forget it is even modular - it will just feel like a great, premium brewer. If that doesn't convince you, well, we did our best - this may not be for you. But this is definitely the world's best brewing toy - an evolution that was necessary. We hope you will love it as much as we do!
If you are big into experimenting with coffee brewing, or a minimalist that likes to have options - this is for you. If you come from a conical world and want to experience the best flat bottoms in the world and a new method in APEX brewing - this is for you. If you just enjoy manual coffee brewing, you will love having these options, learning new styles of brewing and expanding that with low cost. If you are a coffee geek that travels a lot and can't bring all of your brewing devices with you, this is a great choice.
- If you own a V3 and want to try something very different within the same ethos, we recommend the new "wide" geometry" - unless you love the V3 profile so much, you just want to expand on it with APEX and our other great flat bottoms, then stick to the "narrow" as it is like a V3 with new powers.
- If you come from wide brewers like the V60 or Kalita 185, then the "wide" geometry is a nice transition, giving similar profiles with better performance and more options. If you come from narrow brewers like the Fellow Stagg or Kalita 155, then the "narrow" geometry is a nice transition, giving similar profiles with better performance and more options.
- If you really want to brew just with our Wave papers and for example conical V60 papers - then we recommend the "wide" geometry because it is easier to "plug and play"
- Generally, it's very hard to recommend, as we love both and they are both different. The Narrow brewers will be faster. Always. Geometry plays a big part in that. The wide brewers have a bigger volume, can handle more coffee and come with more body and perhaps more sweetness (though you can manipulate this with recipes too). It really depends what strikes a bigger curiosity for you - something faster and more narrow, more for 1 cup brews or something a bit more mellow and wider, which can also handle more volume. Or you can get both, we won't stop you!
While our manufacturing process has started for the V4, it is a far more ambitious product to bring to market. More components, tougher designs to manufacture, more cost. We have invested to bring this to life, but we need help to get the order volume to be big enough to get the prices we need. As such, we are asking for your support earlier in the process. The V3 MK2, Big Boy, Glass Brewer and other products have already been manufactured and are sitting in boats, on their way to London. The V4 is earlier in this process, but far enough into it where we are confident to take your pre-order and commit to a ship date.
Orders ship when all items in the order are in stock. If you want the V4 and for example, the Big Boy - we recommend placing two separate orders, as the Big Boy can ship much quicker. If you want to split an order, please contact us and we can arrange an invoice for a separate shipment and you can ship the order in two.
No you certainly do not - but we highly recommend it. These tools open up a new world of possibilities, and for a relatively low cost and one-time fee, they will allow you to explore a lot of brewing styles and try many types of paper in our brewers. We do offer the best Wave paper on the market for a simpler, more plug-and-play approach, but we do recommend picking up a negotiator too if it fits your budget - especially if you want to brew the APEX method. Please note to buy the correct Negotiator for the V4!
No - unfortunately not. Due to the differences in geometry, this is not possible. The base is the same - but the bottoms different. While they do screw on, they have a different inner geometry and won't work well or as intended. We recommend to use the correct bottoms for the correct funnels.
Are there any risks with my pre-order?
Pre-orders always come with some risk of delay. While we can predict our manufacturing pipeline, we can't predict global events. We aim to ship before our estimates but please keep in mind that in rare cases, pre-orders can be delayed.
|V4 NARROW||V4 WIDE|
|Ideal Brewing Range||12g - 28g (200ml to 460ml) [6.8oz to 15.6oz]||12g - 36g (200ml to 600ml) [6.8oz to 20.2oz]|
|Brewing quantity||For 1-2 people||For 1-2 people|
|In the box||- V4 Narrow funnel
- 1 x CLASSIC Flat Bottom
- 1 x OPEN Flat Bottom
- 1 x FAST Flat Bottom
- 1 x APEX Bottom
- 1 x BASE
- V4 Wide funnel
|Compatible Negotiator||V4 Negotiator Narrow
||V4 Negotiator Wide|
|Compatible Paper Filters||
With Negotiator tool ↴
Without Negotiator tool ↴
With Negotiator tool ↴
Without Negotiator tool ↴
|Material||FDA & EU Approved
Stainless Steel Base
FDA & EU Approved
Stainless Steel Base
|Manufacturing information||Made in Taiwan||Made in Taiwan|