20 Jun How to Brew Coffee with a Pour Over Coffee Maker
Using a pour-over coffee maker is a fairly simple process that involves a few steps. Here’s a general guide to help you get started:
- Gather your equipment: You’ll need a pour-over coffee maker (such as a Café Brew Pour Over ), a paper or reusable filter specific to your coffee maker, freshly ground coffee beans, a kettle for boiling water, and a coffee mug.
- Grind your coffee: Use a burr grinder to grind your coffee beans to a medium-fine consistency. The grind size should be similar to granulated sugar or sea salt, but it can vary depending on personal preference and the specific pour-over method you’re using.
- Prepare the filter: If using a paper filter, fold or shape it to fit your pour-over coffee maker. Rinse the filter with hot water to remove any papery taste and preheat the coffee maker. Using a permanent filter is often a simpler way to go – no additional preparation is required and it’s more environmentally friendly since there’s no wasting paper.
- Heat water: Boil water in your kettle. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is usually between 195°F (90°C) and 205°F (96°C). Let the water cool for about 30 seconds after boiling to reach the desired temperature.
- Place the coffee maker: Set the pour-over coffee maker on top of your coffee mug or carafe.
- Add coffee grounds: Add the ground coffee to the filter. The amount of coffee will depend on your taste preference and the desired strength of the brew. As a general guideline, a ratio of 1:15 (coffee to water) is a good starting point.
- Bloom the coffee: Pour a small amount of hot water (about twice the weight of the coffee grounds) onto the coffee, just enough to saturate them evenly. Let it sit for about 30 seconds to allow the coffee to bloom and release any trapped gases.
- Begin pouring: Start pouring hot water evenly over the coffee grounds, moving in a circular motion from the center to the outer edges. Pour in a slow, steady stream, being careful not to pour too quickly or overflow the filter.
- Maintain the water level: Keep pouring water until you’ve reached your desired coffee volume or until you’ve used all the water you measured earlier. Maintain a consistent water level to ensure proper extraction.
- Allow the coffee to drip: Once you’ve poured all the water, let the coffee drip through the filter into the mug or carafe. This process should take a few minutes, depending on the brew method and the amount of coffee you’re making.