So I bought Randy one of these for a yeariversary present.
Apparently, there is quite a following of this product amongst people who know their coffee. I saw it used at Frank, one of our new favorite Cappuccino spots. I bought it from a fellow named Tyler who placed third in a South Central Regional Barista competition and is always showing us new coffee gadgets when we go in.
Randy's is a red Hario v60 Dripper.
The coffee dripper makes a lot cleaner, and in my opinion, more flavorful cup-o-Joe than a French Press and clean up is a cinch.There is definitely some (or a lot) of technique involved to really get the best flavor. Temperature of water, speed of pour, size and amount of grounds are just some of the factors involved.
Randy watched a video, read some factoids online (the box was in Japanese) and after one test-run, had an amazing cup of coffee.
It really was a beautiful thing and money well spent. The boy is happy.