How is pour over coffee different than drip coffee?
The main difference between a pour over and a drip coffee is the person making it. When you are actively pouring water over your coffee to brew it, you’re making a pour over. Drip coffee refers to a machine dripping water from a showerhead onto the ground coffee bed. Pour overs allow you to experiment and play with recipes to your heart’s content, because you’re the one deciding how to pour the water. So if you see drip coffee, you now know it was made by a machine, and pourovers are made by people!
How can I avoid bitter pour over coffee?
Bitter flavors in your pourover comes from over extraction. Over extraction happens when the water is in contact with the coffee for too long, pulling out bitter flavors and mouth-drying acids. Thirty percent of a coffee bean is soluble in water, and of that 30 percent, the sweetest spot to pull out the best flavors is at 18 to 22 percent. Extract less than 18 percent, your coffee is sour, cloying and tastes too “strong”. Extract more than 22 percent, and your coffee is bitter and astringent and tasted too “weak” or watery. If you notice your coffee is bitter and drying your mouth, you can use less water to extract less coffee. Or, if your recipe calls for a specific amount of water you can grind your coffee more coarsely. The more surface area there is for water to be in contact with, the slower it will extract. So, long story short, if your coffee keeps ending up bitter, coarsen your coffee grind. Conversely, if your coffee is sour and cloying, grind your coffee more fine.
Why is there a special kettle for pour overs?
Precision is the name of the game when it comes to pour over, and a gooseneck kettle ensures your water pours exactly where you want it, at the speed you want. Baristas and home enthusiasts alike swear by their individual and unique recipes, and a gooseneck kettle can accommodate all of them. Sleek and graceful, the long spout can help you speed up or slow down your pour depending on what your recipe calls for. Most gooseneck kettles also have an electrical element built into the base, which heats up the coffee for you, so you don’t have to boil coffee on the stove and transfer to the kettle.