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Pour Over

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Recipe

Makes 1 Serving, 2:00-2:30 Min

  • Pour Over Brewer
    Pour Over Brewer
  • Paper Filter
    Paper Filter
  • Gooseneck Kettle
    Gooseneck Kettle
  • Scale
    Scale
    Optional
  • Your Favorite Mug
    Your Favorite Mug
  • 198º–205º F Water
    198º–205º F Water
    12 oz (350 ml)
  • Medium-Fine Ground Coffee
    Medium-Fine Ground Coffee
    0.75 oz (21 g) – About 1.5 Tbsp
Step 1
Rinse & Preheat
Add a filter to the brewer and place it on top of your mug. Rinse filter with hot water to remove any papery flavors and pre-heat both your mug and brewer. Discard this water before proceeding.
Step 2
Add Grounds
Set your mug and brewer on top of your scale (if using) and add coffee grounds to the filter. Give your brewer a quick shake to level the coffee grounds; this will help you get even extraction and the smoothest taste.
Step 3
Bloom To Enhance Flavor
Tare (zero out) scale. Start a timer and slowly pour water equalling about double the amount of the coffee (about 2 oz / 60 g). Make sure to cover all the grounds with water, pouring over the lighter spots and avoiding the darker ones. Wait :30 seconds. This important step is called the “bloom” and it will help your coffee develop more flavor and depth.
Step 4
Pour
Start pouring in a slow circular motion until you’ve used your full amount of water. If the water level starts to come close to the top of your brewer while pouring, slow down your pour or allow for a brief pause to avoid an overflow.
Step 5
Let It Drip
Keep an eye on the water level as it drips and when you start to see the coffee grounds appear, remove the brewer from your mug/server and place it in the sink or on another cup to drain (the last few drops of water can be a little bitter). The timer should read between 2:30–3:00 minutes.
Step 6
Serve
Enjoy your hand-crafted coffee right from your mug! To clean up, discard or compost your grinds and rinse the brewer with any still-hot water remaining in your kettle.
Coffee Talk
From Our Coffee Expert
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.