Getting Started with Pour Over Manual Brewing

Getting Started with Pour Over Manual Brewing

Posted by Chris Newsom on Aug 9th 2018

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 Hardware

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 V60Kalita 2-4 CupCafellissimo 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 Steps

The following instructions are for a 12 ounce cup of coffee.

  1. Fill the kettle with about 20 ounces of water and bring to a boil.
  2. 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.
  3. Place a filter in the dripper and rinse it with some of your hot water.  Dump the rinse water.
  4. Pour the coffee into the filter and level.
  5. Place the dripper on a cup or carafe and place the entire apparatus on the digital scale.  Tare weight the scale to zero.
  6. 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.
  7. The bloom: Pour 50-60 grams of water in the same spiral from the center outward.  Wait 30 seconds.
  8. 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.
  9. Remove the dripper/filter and stir your finished brew with a spoon.