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Pour Over Coffee Making for Beginners

Once you walk in the glorious world of pour over coffee making, we warn you: there is no turning back. As manual coffee brewing becomes more and more commonplace all around the world, it is important to learn how to make pour over coffee for the perfect brew that you make on your own. Here a few tips and tricks on how to make the best pour over coffee at home.

What is Pour Over Coffee? 

In a nutshell, pour over coffee is the process of pouring over hot water over freshly ground coffee beans. What makes this style of coffee making so unique is that the entire process of pour over coffee making is a pleasure on its own; allowing you to control almost all aspects of coffee making, from taste to strength and temperature.

Pour Over Coffee Making 101: Brewing Tips 

To master how to make pour over coffee at home, you will need a couple of high-quality gadgets, a few basic guidelines and without a doubt the willingness to experiment with various flavors, aromas, coffee beans and instruments. With these simple instructions and tricks of the trade, you too can become a pour over coffee master in no time.

What kind of gear will I need?

When learning how to make the perfect pour over cup of coffee, it's wrong to assume that you need all kinds of super-duper gadgets, hundreds of accessories and ultra-expensive gear. The most important tool that you have to acquire when making pour over coffee is a high-end, good-quality pour over dripper set. In addition to a pour over dripper, it will also come in handy to have a gram scale and a coffee grinder for the ultimate fresh taste.

What is the ideal pour over coffee ratio?

Finding the ultimate pour over coffee ratio is the key to mastering the pour over coffee making process. Although your coffee brew ratio is usually based on the recipe you are using, many professionals and coffee gourmands claim that 60 grams of coffee per every liter of water is the ideal pour over coffee ratio for a medium-strength cup.

 

How about the grind? 

When brewing consistently high-quality coffee, the uniformity and consistency of the grind is another crucial step of the process. Of course with the right equipment, this problem is pretty much solved on its own once you have a good coffee grinder that will guide you through the grinding procedures. Don't forget that the ideal grind size depends on the batch size, as well as the size of the pour over coffee maker.

How much water is just enough?

The ratio of water is not the only important thing when it comes to making pour over coffee; the quality of the water is just as important. Be sure to use high-quality water brands with ideal pH levels instead of going straight to tap water just because it's there. If you have an in-line filtration system in your kitchen sink, then you can safely opt for tap water as well.

What about the temperature of the water?

Some experts say that the temperature of the water used for making pour over coffee is also important; causing the grounded coffee to burn out when poured over too hot. Generally speaking the ideal water temperature for the pour over coffee technique is 195°F–205°F (90.5°C–96°C). Another important note on pour over coffee water temperature is keeping up with the stability regardless of the brew temperature you choose. Preheating your pour over coffee maker before starting the pour over coffee making process will ensure that you don't lose heat in a short span of time and provide the consistency you need throughout the process.

How to Make Pour Over Coffee: The Basics

  • Preheat your water to 195°F–205°F (90.5°C–96°C). If you don't have a thermometer at hand, just wait for the water in the kettle to boil and after removing it from the heat, just wait for 30 seconds before brewing for the temperature to come to the desired degree.
  • Weigh the coffee. As mentioned before, the coffee ratio in pour over coffee is an important factor to achieve the desired taste and mildness. You can use the "18 grams of water for every gram of coffee" rule as a rule of thumb.
  • Rinse your filter. If you are using paper filters for the pour over coffee making process - which is highly recommended - wetting your filter right before the brewing helps you get rid of the paper taste that you cannot “untaste” once you have tasted it.
  • Grind the coffee beans. Freshly grounded coffee is always best when making pour over coffee, especially compared to previously grounded beans that have been sitting in a coffee jar. This gives you the fine control over the flavor and even enhances the taste without introducing unwanted bitterness.
  • Pour the water. You will be hearing two common terms with the water pouring stage of the pour over coffee making technique: bloom and brew time. Blooming si when you pour a little water over the grounds and let them soak it up. This will make the grounds rise, swell and bubble up. After this 30-second stage of blooming comes the brewing time, where you pour the rest of the water over the coffee grounds slowly and consistently. When pouring over the water, it is best to start at the center of the filter and move out in a widening sort of spiral, therefore creating an evenly wet area within the dripper.

Long-story short, it is safe to say that pour over coffee is one of the best of many ways to brew and enjoy a good cup of coffee. To brew better coffee at home, all you need to do is gather the right equipment, choose fresh coffee beans from a reliable brand and follow our lead to produce the modern-day equivalent of a morning wake-up call. Click here for ratio details and here for more details on how to make pour over coffee.

 

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