Brewing your own fresh cup of coffee has become a trend for many coffee enthusiasts and connoisseurs because they are able to control the flow, taste, and strength of each cup. It’s not processed through a machine that requires most of your counter space and with pesky electrical cords.
It’s a simple process that when done right will give you the best-tasting coffee you’ve ever had. But like most people, it can be intimidating at first to begin learning how to brew your first cup. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be an expert in no time.
Before we get started on how to brew pour over coffee, it’s important to have all the essentials to make the perfect cup.
You will need to select the right coffee bean that suits your desired strength. There are two types of bean selections that are popular today, the Arabica and Robusta. The Arabica has a smooth acidic taste while the Robusta has a strong and bitter taste. You will also want to be aware of what your caffeine preference is before purchasing your coffee beans. We all assume that the darker the roast the more caffeine, but it’s actually the opposite. The light to medium roast coffee beans has the most caffeine. So if you enjoy a strong cup of coffee in the morning, it might be best to stick to the light to a medium coffee bean.
Since you are purchasing coffee beans in there natural form, you will need a coffee grinder. The smell alone of a freshly ground bean is enough to make the switch. You can control how coarse you want your coffee when you grind it yourself. There are three coffee grinders for you to consider. You can purchase blade grinders, which will cost you a lot of money but will not always give you concise grounding. The other selection is hand grinding your coffee. They are called Burr grinders and are also inexpensive to purchase. This will give you more control over how powdery or coarse you want your bean. The next is the disc and conical grinder, which will give you the best results. Its grind is precise, but this is on the more expensive side.
Pour Over Coffee Maker
There are many different pour over coffee markers especially with how many people are now making the switch. You will want to know how much coffee you intend to make each morning. There are single-serve pour overs or multi-serve pour overs. The single-serve can be placed right over your mug, while the larger pour over coffee maker is perfect if you drink a large amount on a daily basis or entertain often. You do want to make sure that you get a high-quality product since this is something you’re going to be using every day.
You can either purchase an electrical or stovetop kettle to boil your water. They are many available on the market ranging in prices from extremely inexpensive to high-priced. We do recommend that you get a product that is made of durable material.
Many assume they can eyeball their measurements, but ask any coffee enthusiast and they will tell you that not having enough coffee grinds and too much water makes for a wasted cup of coffee. The purpose of a coffee scale is for accuracy with each cup, especially if you are using a large pour over coffee maker for guest. Once you know your desired taste and measurements, it’s easier to repeat the process with ease.
Carafe or Coffee Cup
You’ll need a carafe to keep the coffee warm if you’re making a larger brew or simply your favorite coffee cup. You do want to make sure that the single-serve pour over coffee maker fits comfortably in your mug. You can also choose a carafe that suits your needs such as a glass or metal finish.
How to Brew Pour Over Coffee:
Weigh Coffee Bean
You’ve selected your coffee beans and now you’re ready to get started on making your perfect cup of coffee. Take your scale and measure up to 25 grams for a single-serve pour over brew or 60 grams of coffee for a multi-server. You can always adjust the amount depending on your desired taste.
You’ll want to grind your coffee before each brew. If you grind beforehand, the coffee beans will begin to oxidize. Whether you’ve selected the electrical coffee grinder, Burr grinder, or disc and conical grinder, make sure you grind your coffee to the desired coarseness. You’ll want it to resemble sand or granulated salt in texture. Don’t worry if you don’t get the exact texture immediately, once you continue to use the grinder you’ll have a better idea of how long you should grind your coffee.
Take your kettle and measure about 1 liter of water for 60 grams of coffee grinds or 500 grams of water (approximately 17 ounces) for 25 grams of coffee grinds. You can either use an electric kettle or stovetop depending on your preference. Heat water until boiling and let it stand for 30 – 40 seconds. We do recommend that you use filtered water and boil water properly making it safe to drink.
Place your paper filter in your pour over cone. Then take the hot water and gently rinse and wet the filter. The reason this is important is that it sets the temperature for the actual coffee brew and it removes any taste from the paper filter. Be sure to discard the water used to rinse your filter.
This is the most important and final step before enjoying your very first. Once you insert your coffee in the filter, ensure that it is level. The first step is to allow the coffee to “bloom” first before beginning your actual slow pour. Slowly saturate your coffee beans with the hot water and watch as it rises or blooms. This releases natural gases and prepares your coffee for brewing. You want to ensure that you’re not adding too much water causing it to filter into your carafe or cup. Wait for approximately 30 to 45 seconds after your coffee beans have bloomed before continuing your slow pour. At this point, you’re going to start from the outer rim of your filter and move in slow circular motions towards the center for approximately 15 seconds. Then you’ll wait another 30 seconds to begin your next round. You’re going to want to repeat this process until you’re done with your pour over. The total time should take you around 3 to 4 minutes from start to finish.
The final step is to enjoy your freshly brewed coffee. Once you brew pour over coffee at home for the first time, you will be convinced that it’s the only way you want your coffee. Many people love the hands-on experience and controlling the taste of each cup. We mindlessly press a button and go about our day with machine coffee makers. We lose touch with how each bean was carefully picked by farmers for our benefit and enjoyment. A true coffee connoisseur knows the importance of each step and that the amazing results are totally worth the time.