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Pour Over Coffee: How to Make Pour Over Coffee, Brew Guide

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

What is Pour Over Coffee?

Pour - Over coffee is precisely what it sounds like ~ a process of making coffee by pouring hot water onto ground coffee beans, then allowing to brew. The water drains through the coffee and filter into a mug. Pour - Over is also known as filter coffee or drip coffee.

History of Pour Over Coffee

Pour - Over originated in 1908, a Germen women named Amalie Auguste Militta Bentz was dissatisfied with the taste of of percolator coffee and the grounds left behind in her cup. She started to prototype alternative brewing methods and came up with a technique using blotting paper and a can that she punctured with a nail.

The resulting brew was less bitter than percolator coffee and satisfyingly free of grounds. In June 1908, Amalie filed a patent for the paper filter and Melitta company was established.

Tools You Need to Make Pour Over Coffee

Brewing coffee using the pour - over method requires a few basic kitchen gadgets:

  1. Measuring spoon

  2. Coffee grinder

  3. Pour-over dripper

  4. Filters

  5. Narrow-spout kettle

  6. Timer

  7. Scale

Brew time

3 minutes

How to Make Pour Over Coffee

Grind beans, add water, drink delicious coffee. Sounds easy, right ? The truth is, this brew style rewards practice and patience.

Follow this step by step guide and you can brew the coffee of your dreams - rich, smooth, aromatic - everything you want it to be and more.

Step 1

Bring at least 240 ml (240g) of water to a boil at 90 - 96° C depending on roasts we have.

Step 2

Grind coffee to a coarseness resembling sea salt. To enjoy the nuanced flavor pf a single-origin, specialty coffee that is lightly roasted, we recommend 1:16grams of coffee water ratio.

Step 3

Place a filter in the dripper

Rinse with hot water over your cup, Rinsing the paper and cone remove any taste of paper, and also preheat your cup.

Step 4

Add the ground coffee to the filter and gently tap it to level the surface of the coffee grounds. Place the brewer on a cup, Place this entire set-up onto digital scale, and set it to zero.

Step 5

There will be four pours total for this coffee preparation. First pour 60ml of hot water over grinds, you will see the "bloom". As hot water hits the coffee grounds, they release carbon dioxide and often bubble and expand. Coffee blooming is the act of dampening your coffee bed to provoke this release of carbon dioxide.

Start a timer. Begin pouring water slowly over the coffee, stop pouring when the scale reaches 60 grams. Make sure all the coffee grounds are saturated, and stir well to lightly mix the coffee grinds, and leave for 30 seconds.

Starting in the center of the grounds, pour in a steady spiral towards the outer edge and then back towards the center. Be sure to pour all the way out to the edge over the ripples in the filter. This helps to keep grounds from being trapped in there and removed from the rest of the extraction.

Pour 60ml (60grams) of water every 30 seconds until you have poured 240ml(240grams). Let the brew drip through the filter.

At 3 minutes, stream slows to a drip, take the filter paper and cone off your cup. Enjoy your perfect cup of Pour-over coffee. Now you're ready to try making pour over coffee yourself!

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