Making a pour over coffee may sound simple but can be a bit like a science experiment! Creating the perfect cup of coffee is more than just pouring hot water over ground beans. You need the correct ratio of coffee and water, the correct brewing temperature and precise timings.

Equipment:

Method:

  • Put a coffee filter into your chosen brewer.
    • Dampen the filter with warm water to rinse the filter and preheat the brewer.
  • Add 15-18g of medium ground coffee.
    • For best results grind the coffee just before use.
  • Pour a small amount of water on to the ground coffee slowly in a circular motion.
    • The ideal temperature for the perfect brew is between 93-97°C
  • Wait for around 30 seconds to let the coffee “bloom”
    • Bloom is a bubbling up of carbon dioxide, the wait will enhance the coffee flavors.
  • Pour the rest of the water over the grounds again slowly and in a circular motion.
    • Make sure the grounds are soaked evenly.
  • ENJOY!

Results:

A delicious, smooth and clean cup of coffee.

Conclusion:

The pour over coffee method can be time consuming but is worth the extra effort because it allows you much more control than other brewing methods.

Freshly roasted beans give you the best flavour.

Traditionally a gooseneck kettle is used as normal kettles pour too fast. If you fancy bringing a little technology into the process, you can splash out on a smart kettle like the Brewista SmartPour Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle.

Best Pour Over Coffee Brewers

Chemex Pour over coffee makerChemex 6-Cup Wood Neck Coffee Maker

The Chemex is known as a pristine coffeemaker. It has an hourglass shaped glass flask, a chemically inert material that does not absorb odors or chemical residues so bitterness or acidity that you can get with other methods. You will need to use Chemex filters, they are made of the highest quality filter paper and remove even the finest bits of sediment.

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For Chemex traditional filter folding instructions head to Filter Folding 101


Hario pour over coffee dripperHario Ceramic Coffee Dripper

This ceramic V60 pour over brewer retains heat to help ensure a constant temperature throughout the brewing cycle. The dripper also controls the flow, timing of the water as it flows through the cone into your cup or coffee pot. A manual device with simple but effect design. The cone is V shaped and at 60 degrees angle, hence the name V60. This is the optimal way to hand brew coffee according to research by Hario.

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The Art of Pour Over Coffee
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