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Coffee Infographic Guide - How to Make the Best Pour Over Coffee at Home

Pour Over Coffee Brewers take the creation of the morning cup of coffee and turn it into a ritual. All of the senses are involved in making the perfect morning beverage. This ritual can help you slow down, consider your day, and just breathe deeply for a few minutes as you craft your coffee. No digital displays, flashing lights, or crowded coffee shops are necessary for this fabulous, first thing in the morning cup of coffee.

Coffee Infographic: How to Make the Best Pour Over Coffee at Home


Things to Buy


Plan for your morning coffee by choosing your pour over coffee maker. They are available in glass, ceramic, plastic, porcelain, and stainless steel. Chemex, Woodneck, and Walkure make brewers that are attractive as well as functional. The Kalita Wave and the Bee House brewers have somewhat unique designs that yield slightly different results from traditionally shaped brewers like the Hario V60 and the Kone. However, any of these brands will yield an amazing cup of coffee.

Pour Over Coffee

When you buy your Pourover Coffee Dripper, you should also buy coffee filters for it. Cone Paper Coffee Filters can be discarded or composted along with the used coffee grounds, and cloth filters are an Earth-friendly choice since they can be reused again and again. However, cloth filters must be cleaned and dried after each use. Metal coffee filters are made of a metal mesh that strains out the coffee grounds. These filters will last for years without needing to be replaced if you clean them carefully after each use.

Cone Paper Coffee Filter

Buy the best quality of Gourmet Coffee Beans that you can afford. For pour over coffee, you will want a rather medium-fine or medium grind. The texture should resemble medium coarse sea salt. For each 8 oz. cup of pour over brewed coffee, you will need about 2-3 tablespoons (14-21 g.) of coffee grounds.

Pour Over Coffee Chart

You will also need a source of boiling water. An electric kettle works great, but you can also use a pot on a stove (Gooseneck Kettle recommended for Pour Over Method). For one eight ounce cup of coffee, you will want about 16 ounces of boiling water (use half of your hot water to fully saturating the filter and warming the dripper and mug). 

Pourover Coffee Method

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When you have the coffee ground and the water boiling, place your choice of filter into the pour over coffee dripper. To warm your dripper and remove any papery flavors from a paper filter, pour about half of your water through the filter. Discard the rinsing water, and place the coffee grounds into the filter tapping it gently to level the grounds. Place the filter on a cup or carafe.

Pouring the water in a thin stream, add a small amount of hot water to the brewer. Make sure all of the coffee grounds are saturated with hot water, but don't use too much. You want just enough water to wet all the coffee grounds. Take your time. This first pouring should take about 15 seconds. Allow the coffee to "bloom" for about 30 seconds before starting the second pouring.

Pour Over Coffee Blloming

Starting in the center, pour in a gradually increasing spiral. You're trying in this pour to sink all of the floating grounds to the bottom of the filter. Take your time and slowly drizzle the water into the brewer. Pour slowly enough that the whole process takes about two and a half to three minutes. Allow the coffee to drip from the brewer, remove the brewer to a safe place, and enjoy your cup of coffee.

The pour over method sounds complicated at first, but with practice, it will become second nature. You will eagerly anticipate the ritual of creating a delicious cup of coffee each day.

Pour Over Coffee