The Pour Over
Manual coffee brewing, aka pour over coffee, is coffee brewing deconstructed. It takes a few basic items to get started and some basic technique to bring your favorite beans to life.
The Kettle - It should have a gooseneck spout for precise placement of the brew water. The Hario Buono is a classic but requires a separate heat source. The Bonavita 1.0 Litre is a nice dockable electric kettle.
The Dripper - This is the item that will hold your coffee filter and grounds. There are a lot of great options out there but know that most require their own specific type of filter. A few to consider: Hario V60 - Kalita 2-4 Cup - Cafellissimo Stainless Steel Paperless
Digital Scale - The scale is used to weigh the beans for grinding and also to weigh the water during the brewing process. There are a lot of options on Amazon.
Grinder - A quality burr grinder is key to excellent coffee. Read our blog post for some suggestions.
The following instructions are for a 12 ounce cup of coffee.
- Fill the kettle with about 20 ounces of water and bring to a boil.
- Weigh and grind 20-24 grams of coffee so it has the coarseness of table salt. Play with the gram weight to see how the flavor is affected.
- Place a filter in the dripper and rinse it with some of your hot water. Dump the rinse water.
- Pour the coffee into the filter and level.
- Place the dripper on a cup or carafe and place the entire apparatus on the digital scale. Tare weight the scale to zero.
- The pre-wet: If you have a timer start it, or just count 1000, 1001... Pour 50-60 grams of water in a spiral from the outside edge to the center making sure all are dampened. Wait 30 seconds.
- The bloom: Pour 50-60 grams of water in the same spiral from the center outward. Wait 30 seconds.
- The brew: Using the remaining water to a total weight of 360 grams, very slowly repeat the alternating spiral patterns, center outward; outer edge-to-center. Avoid pouring water directly at the outer edge where grounds meet filter. This step should take about 1 1/2 minutes.
- Remove the dripper/filter and stir your finished brew with a spoon.