Pour over coffee is a manual coffee brewing method that allows for precise control over the brewing process. It involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds in a filter, allowing the water to flow through and extract the flavors into a container or coffee pot.
Here's how to make pour-over coffee:
Ingredients and equipment:
Fresh coffee beans
Pour-over cone or dripper
Kettle for heating water
Hot water (just off the boil)
Start by grinding your coffee beans to a medium-coarse consistency, similar to sea salt. Use about 1 to 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds for every 6 ounces of water, but you can adjust this ratio to your taste.
Place a coffee filter in the pour-over cone or dripper and set it on top of your coffee mug or a carafe.
Heat your water to just below boiling, around 200°F (93°C).
Wet the coffee filter with hot water to rinse it and preheat your brewing equipment. Discard the rinse water.
Add the coffee grounds to the filter and shake it gently to create an even bed of coffee.
Start your timer and begin pouring hot water over the coffee grounds in a slow, steady, and spiral motion. This helps ensure even saturation of the coffee. You should add enough water to wet all the grounds but not too much at once.
Allow the coffee to "bloom" for about 30 seconds. During this time, the coffee grounds will release gas and expand.
Continue pouring hot water in a slow and controlled manner, making sure to keep the coffee grounds submerged. Pour in a circular motion, starting from the center and moving outward.
Once you've poured the desired amount of water, allow it to pass through the coffee grounds and drip into your cup or carafe. This may take 2-4 minutes, depending on your grind size and coffee-to-water ratio.
Remove the pour-over cone or dripper, and you'll have a freshly brewed cup of pour-over coffee.
Enjoy your handcrafted pour-over coffee, which offers a clean and nuanced flavor profile due to the precise control you have over the brewing process. You can adjust the grind size, coffee-to-water ratio, and pouring technique to tailor the taste to your preferences.