Pour over coffee is all the rage these days. It's a simple, yet elegant way of brewing coffee that produces delicious results. If you're new to pour over coffee, this step by step guide will walk you through the process. We'll show you how to use a pour over coffee maker, and provide some tips for making the perfect cup of joe. So sit back, relax, and let's get started! Here’s what we’ll cover to get you on your way to making the best pour over coffee:
- What to use
- Our pour over coffee recipe
- Top tips
- Your step-by-step guide to the pour over brewing method
What to use:
The first step is to gather your supplies. You'll need a pour over coffee maker, filters, freshly ground coffee, and water. Once you have everything you need, it's time to get started.
- Hario V60 dripper (and filters)*
- Tiamo pour over kettle
- Good set of scales
- Cup or jug to hold your coffee
- Ideally a long neck kettle or a jug with a narrow spout
*You can use any brewer you like but we prefer the V60 for a more uniformed extraction
Our pour over coffee recipe:
To make a great cup of pour over coffee, you need a great coffee to start with. We’d recommend our California Calling blend which is perfect for the filter brewing process.
- We use a 1:15 ratio to brew (seems confusing but tastes great)
- 21.5g** of ground coffee to 330ml of liquid. This is for one cup of coffee, so simply multiply this by however many cups of coffee you are making so the ratios remain the same
**For reference, 10g is one heaped tablespoon
If you want to take your pour over coffee game to the next level, here are a few tips:
- Use freshly ground coffee beans for the best flavour. We’d recommend buying whole beans and using a burr grinder at home to freshly grind your coffee whenever you want a cup.
- Be sure to wet the filter before adding coffee, this will help eliminate any coffee filter paper taste
- Pour slowly and evenly, taking care not to disturb the grounds too much
- Let it steep for a few minutes before enjoying a cup of good coffee at home
Your Step-By-Step Guide to the Pour Over Brewing Method
Assemble your apparatus
Place your cup/jug on the scales. The dripper is placed over the cup/jug and the filter goes in the dripper.
Pour some water over the paper filters before adding the coffee, then pour this water away. This will help to remove the papery taste and heat through the equipment.
Measure out 21.5 grams** of coffee
Remember to set the scale to zero. Add freshly roasted coffee grounds to the filter paper then press down and flatten the coffee grinds. The ideal grind size is a medium coarse coffee, similar to the consistency of sand.
Measure out 330ml of water and heat
Heat up your water to the proper temperature which should be 92°. So, if you’re using an electric kettle, leave it to cool for a few minutes before pouring over the coffee.
Pour the water over your coffee
Now it's time to start pouring! Do this slowly…
Start pouring the water over in concentric circles to saturate the coffee grounds evenly. The first pour is to soak the grounds. After a few circles, pause. At this point, you will see a small volcano-like shape in the middle of the grounds which is the residual CO2 escaping. This is known as a ‘bloom’.
Continue pouring in a circular pattern. You should aim to have the cup/jug filled with 330ml of coffee (as measured earlier) within 2.5 minutes. Finally, let it steep for a few minutes before the most important step… sit down, enjoy your awesome cup of coffee and maybe even instagram it!
Now that you know how to make pour over coffee, go out and experiment with different roasts and grinds to find your perfect cup. Happy brewing!