How To Make Pour-Over Coffee
Coffee. The elixir of gods. Well, not exactly, but still pretty close. Because nothing can give you a better start for the day than the heavenly nectar. Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, not only for the energy boost it brings but also for its versatility. You can brew it in various ways, each method highlighting different flavors. From all methods, pour-over coffee is one of the most acclaimed.
This brewing method can highlight the unique flavors and aromas in the beans. It is also quite easy to make, at least in theory. In practice, you might need technique, unless you want to use one of those fancy pour over coffee makers. So, to shed some light on the matter here’s everything you need to make pour-over coffee.
1. Gather All The Things You Need
The first step to making pour over coffee is supplying yourself with all necessary things. You’ll need:
- Unroasted coffee beans – decaf coffee works too
- Coffee grinder
- Paper coffee filter
- Brewing device – such as a Chemex coffee maker
- Filtered water
- Scales for weighing the coffee
- Optional – milk frothers and unique coffee mugs.
2. Measure The Ingredients
It goes without saying that the only ingredients you need for making pour-over coffee are coffee beans and filtered water. You could use tap water too, but the result might be disappointing. This is because tap water may have unwanted odors or tastes, given by the disinfectant agents municipalities use, as well as contaminants that could be present in it.
With this in mind, you should know, though, that the secret to good coffee is using the right quantity of beans and the right quantity of water.
The perfect cuppa requires 1g of coffee to every 16ml of water or about 0.03oz coffee to every 0.54 fluid ounces of water.
One of the easiest ways to ensure precise measurements is using kitchen gram scales to weigh the coffee and a water pitcher with volume marks for the water. If you’re a huge fan of coffee, use 1.13oz of coffee (32 grams) for 17 fl. oz. (500ml) water.
3. Prepare To Brew
You may think things get easier now, but no. Pour over coffee requires preparation and technique. So, take your Chemex coffee maker out of the cupboard, rinse it with hot water, and let it dry.
Using one of the best coffee grinders, grind the coffee beans as coarse as possible, place a paper filter on the brewing device, and add the ground coffee.
Meanwhile, pour the water into a smart kettle and bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and let it rest for about 1 minute until the bubbles stop forming.
4. Brew Your Coffee
Pour over coffee requires a three-step brewing that includes blooming, pouring, and agitation. The best way to achieve your purpose is with a long spout kettle that allows you to pour water in a thin, continuous stream. Here’s how to do it:
- Start with the blooming phase by pouring a quantity of water twice as much as the coffee grounds over the coffee. In other words, if you have 32 grams of coffee in your filter, you should pour 64ml of water. Wait for about 30-45 seconds, giving the coffee grounds the time to “bloom” – during this phase, the carbon dioxide trapped between the coffee grounds will escape; you can see the process as bubbles that form above the water.
- It is now time to pour the rest of the water over the grounds to brew your beverage. There are two techniques you can use. Pulse pouring refers to pouring a determined quantity of water over the coffee – similar to blooming. This method is suitable for beginners, as it prevents coffee build-up on the filter walls. If you want to prove that you have the soul of a barista, pour the water slowly, in a continuous stream, with a circular motion, making sure that all grounds are soaked.
- Agitate the grounds as you’re brewing, either by stirring them or by swirling the brew. This step is essential to ensure that all grounds are saturated and to promote extraction.
5. Enjoy Your Pour Over Coffee
As soon as all the water has passed through the coffee grounds and dripped into the coffee maker, you can start enjoying your drink. Simply pour the brew into your favorite coffee mug, garnish with milk froth or add some sugar, and enjoy the perfectly brewed pour over coffee you’ve made.
If you’re not quite happy with the result, don’t worry. Remember that it may take some practice to achieve your goals. So, keep brewing until you learn how to make pour-coffee like a pro.