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Drip or Pour Your Way to Great Coffee

Accessories needed for pour over or drip coffee. L-R: Hario Buono Kettle, V60 Paper Filter (Brown), Hario V60 Plastic Drip & Hario Ceramic Mill (Skerton).

I'm sure you've been to a cafe in town and watched the barista pour a coffee using the drip system. Hario has been manufacturing high quality drip systems for the home and professional hand brewer for a long time.

Pour over coffee sounds complicated, but the process is surprisingly simple and the results can be amazing with just a little practice and cleanup takes a few seconds only. Since you are in control of factors like water temperature and brew time, you can expect amazing flavors in the finished cup. You only need to make small adjustments to fine tune the desired flavors once you have some practice.

Here's a basic rundown below. If you need more information, it's available at this link

The advantages & basic needs of hand pouring a coffee are:

  • Perfect Single Servings

  • Clear Flavors

  • Light & Medium Roasts

Step 1: Heat Water

As a general guide, heat 1 cup for every tablespoon of coffee you will use. If you prepare 30 grams of coffee, you'll need at least 2 cups of water.

​Step 2: Put Filter in Place

As the water is heating up, you should use this time to prepare your filter. You can still use a metal mesh filter for pour over coffee-making but paper filters are often more preferred due to their fineness and easy disposal later

While still at the filter, there is also debate on whether you need to rinse your filter or not. But, every coffee expert seems to recommend rinsing the filter before use as it helps to prevent a papery taste. Place the paper filter and dripper over the mug.

​Step 3: Grind Coffee Beans

You will need a medium-fine grind for pour over coffee, but a medium-coarse can also work well enough. Once the coffee grounds are ready, measure and add them to the filter. 20 to 30 grams of coffee is a good start. You should experiment to find you best mix. We use the Hario Ceramic Mill (Skerton) in PBC Coffee.

Step 4: Bloom the Coffee Grounds

The next step is the actual brewing and you need to be careful and consistent to create a perfect cup. Blooming helps to release carbon dioxide and creates a blossoming effect which will make brewing possible. For a good bloom, you should wet the grounds evenly and make sure they are all saturated but also make sure you do not pour too much water.

Start by pouring water on the outer rim of the filter and move inwards in a spiral motion, and while it might seem a little complicated at first, you will get the hang of it after a few tries. Using a gooseneck kettle will give you more control over the process.

Once the coffee grounds are fully saturated, you need to give them time to bloom which will take between 30 to 45 seconds, and you should start to see the coffee grounds bubble, rise and swell.

​Step 5: Make the Final Pours

The last step of this coffee brewing process will involve pouring the remaining water. In most cases, you will need 2 to 3 more pours to complete the process.

Take breaks between the pours to allow coffee to drip into your mug and once the waterline drops significantly you can make another pour and finish once you add your desired water ratio.

What you need:



Pour Over Unit



Wooden or plastic spoon

Estimated time: 3 to 5 minutes.

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