Pour Over Coffee
Perfect Single Servings
Light & Medium Roasts
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 flavours once you have some practice.
Step 1: Heat Water
Given that heating the water is probably what will take the most time for many people, it should be the first step to ensure you will not end up wasting any unnecessary time waiting for water to heat up.
And when it comes to heating water, you should first start by measuring it. Although what you need will depend on how much coffee you want to make, heat 1 cup for every tablespoon of coffee you will use. But, for 30 grams of coffee you 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.
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.