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How to Make A Pour Over Coffee

Welcome to one of the hottest coffee trends brewing right now! You want to show off your barista skills and impress your friends? You’d like to be known in your group as the coffee aficionado? Then THIS is where you need to be! Your knowledge of pour-over coffees will be stellar after reading this article. We guarantee it like the great taste of Arabica beans.

So first, it’s important to know WHY pour-over coffees are so unique.

First of all, pour-over coffees are so much cleaner than other ways to brew. After making a pour-over coffee, you’ll realize just how pure a taste it creates, and if done correctly, there are zero residues left in your mug! All the waste is in the filter, which makes for a quick and easy clean up. The pour-over coffee method requires that water is preheated to a particular temperature. This, in turn, creates a bold flavour and a robust extraction. Not to mention that there’s pretty much no leftover waste with this coffee-making method.

Now, there are two different ways to make a pour-over coffee. The manual pour-over coffee maker and the machine pour-over coffee maker. Interested in knowing more about these and other coffee trends and brewing methods? You could take a look at the complete article HERE. Or scroll down to read about just the pour-over coffee section.

Pour Over Coffee Brewing Methods and Machines

The Chemex (If you like your coffee beautiful)

Now, this is the art deco of coffee makers! It looks like a cross between a flower vase and an art installation. And for a good reason. But it’s more than just a pretty face. This is a drip process coffee maker, but unlike the other methods, the Chemex can make enough brewed coffee for a large group. This makes it a great choice at a party both for functionality and beauty.

Again, like many of the previous methods, a little playing around is necessary in order to hit the right mixture. In terms of grinds, it’s medium to slightly coarse that works best. This method definitely needs practice, though. Without the proper skill, you will end up with and under or over extracted brew. But a little practice is worth it to impress your friends!

The Bee House Dripper (New to the scene? Start here!)

This is a Japanese pour-over coffee dripper that is easy to use and comes in a ceramic pot, often in many different colours. This is an excellent option for beginner coffee makers who want to step into the world of coffee brewing. The ceramic holds the heat longer than plastic, and it uses simple, straightforward filters. A decent brewed coffee for sure!

The Clever Dripper (The name says it all!)

This one is a cross between steeping and a pour-over brewer. It comes with a valve that stops your brew from draining into the cup until you activate it. After adding hot water and grounds to your filter, after steeping for your desired time, place it on top of your cup, which in turn activates the valve and drains the brew into your mug. This gives you incredible control over your brew, making it fully customizable.

The Hario V60 Dripper (A quick drip!)

This one is a simple, portable, and light way for brewing coffee. The Hario v60 comes with a special, uniquely designed, dripping cone system. This essentially means that there’s a large hole at the bottom which is funneled by spiraled ribbing on the side. You’ll need a special paper filter, but once it’s in, just throw in your grounds, and you’re ready to go. After about five minutes, you’ll have a rich flavoured brew without any bitterness. Definitely a quick and affordable method for a great cup of coffee.

The Kalita Wave Dripper (Sounds fancy but pretty simple)

This method is the complete opposite of the Hario V60. Again, this is a simple core dripping system, but with a flatbed instead, the Hario’s cone-shaped one, which makes less room for error. The Kalita Wave dripper needs a fine grind so that it can produce a rich, clean flavoured coffee. The taste is similar to pour over drip coffees.

The Vietnamese Drip Filter (Similar to the French Press)

Here we have a single cup dripper that can make hot coffee or an iced coffee. It needs a grind that is a bit finer than the one you’d use in a French press. No paper filters required here, which means that it allows for the oils to drip right into the coffee. This method is similar to the French press. Definitely a single-serve brew method, though, due to its small size.

The Melitta Ready Set Joe Dripper (A.K.A the campers dream)

If you love to go camping and you love a good coffee, then stop right here! This method of brewing coffee has a dripping plastic cone that enables you to brew coffee quickly and easily anywhere anytime. Made of plastic, this is not a style that will impress your neighbors but more of a luxury when in the woods type of deal. Definitely a better choice than an instant coffee any day!

The Cold Brew (Trendy lives here!)

Now here’s a fun one! Cold brewing is one of the most popular trends in brewing. Despite what it sounds like, it’s so much more than just an iced coffee. Basically, to get a cold brew, you must slowly drip cold filtered water through fresh grinds for an extended period. How long? Well, approximately ten hours or more!

This brewing method produces an incredibly strong, unique coffee with a smooth finish. No bitterness or acidity at all. Best enjoyed black, there’s simply no need for sweeteners or added milk. The pure taste of the coffee bean comes through every time. Refreshing with no aftertaste!

Another fun fact is that a cold brew stays fresh for up to two weeks. Which is a pretty good trade-off for waiting ten plus hours for it to drip!

If you like this style and want to check it out in more detail, have a look at another one of our articles on How to Make a Cold Brew Coffee

Nitrous Coffee (Edgy coffee aficionados, this is your stop)

Time to get even fancier! Nitrous coffee is a cold brew with added nitrogen. And yes, you did read that right-nitrogen is pumped through it! This changes the taste and the texture giving it a crisper, sweeter taste, and leaving it frothy like a beer. Fun facts include: it’s an extra boost of caffeine -enhanced by the nitro, the light creamy and refreshing taste despite drinking it black and cold. Also, like a beer, it is available on tap at specialty coffee shops or available to buy in cans. It can, over course, be made at home too, but it’s definitely quite time-consuming.

Step by Step Method for Making a Pour Over Coffee

So, no matter how uncomplicated your chosen method is, it will still require a certain amount of experimentation. Your palette will dictate the right amounts of grinds and water to make the perfect pour-over coffee suited to your taste.

If you’re dipping into the pour-over coffee brewing method for the first time, then know that this is not a complicated method at all. You just need to follow a few easy instructions. The following are a few necessary steps to help you brew your very first pour-over coffee.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Fresh coffee beans (ideally roasted within the last two weeks)
  • Coffee grinder
  • Single-cup drip coffee cone in either ceramic or glass
  • Paper filter that fits the cone
  • Kettle with a swan neck spout which is ideal for pouring with precision
  • Coffee cup

#1 - Choose your beans wisely! Always choose Arabica and aim to stick to a single origin bean instead of a blend. Blended doesn’t work as well with the pour-over coffee method. Single-origin does because you are better able to taste the subtle favours from that specific region that you have chosen.

#2 - Heat up the water, and while you are waiting for it to boil, grind the coffee beans. The beans should be medium coarse after grinding. A good gauge is about 1.5-2 grams of coffee for each fluid ounce of water.

#3 - Place the filter in the cone or dripper. Then, place the dripper on top of your coffee mug. Hang on…you’re almost there!

#4 - Now, wet the filter with boiled water from the kettle, this preheats the mug and avoids that nasty papery taste from filtering into your coffee. After it filters through, you can throw out this water. This is not the water that will make your coffee!

#5 - Now add the coffee grounds to the cup and pour enough freshwater over for them to be evenly covered. Let it sit for thirty seconds to a minute. This pre-infusing technique allows carbon dioxide to escape from the coffee naturally.

#6 - Now, it’s time to execute the pouring with both precision and patience! You’ll need to start by pouring the water again very slowly until the water is about halfway up the cone. Pouring in a circular motion is best and avoid pouring directly into the filter. This is a process that should take about forty to fifty seconds. Make sure to wait long enough for the grounds to settle then continue on until the cup is close to being full. 

#7 - When the stream slows to a drip, remove the filter, dump the coffee grounds, and enjoy your very first pour-over coffee brew!

As you can see by this step by step breakdown, pour-over coffee is a reasonably easy brewing method. It will take you a few minutes of preparation, but the small amount of time that it does is more than worth it!

Pour-over coffee is all the rage now in coffee trends because of its incredible taste and easy to clean method of clean up. No grinds getting stuck for you to clean out, later on, just a simple, pure, and smooth taste ready to enjoy, either alone or in a group.

It’s no wonder that pour-over coffee has gained such heights in popularity in the last few years. So, don’t delay! Get out there and start working on your pour-over coffee skills. That way, the next time it’s your turn to host brunch at your place, you will be able to impress your crew with your new barista skills!

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