There's something undeniably inviting about the pour over coffee method. It's like a morning ritual that seamlessly combines science with the artistic side of brewing the perfect cup of coffee. While using a pour over dripper, which can be constructed from ceramic, glass, or even plastic. The resulting brew is a unique blend of delicate flavours, light body, and intriguing complexity that’s hard to achieve with other brewing methods.
Pour over brewing doesn’t just deliver a satisfying cup of coffee, it also provides an inexpensive and enjoyable way to start your morning or to wind down after a long day. In this post, we'll share with you our favourite pour over coffee recipe that is simple and easy to replicate at home.
What You'll Need
- A pour over using a pour over dripper
- Pour over filter paper
- Kettle (The Hario Buono Kettle, known for its precise pour, is our recommendation)
- A coffee server to pour into
- Scales and timer
This recipe is perfect for two servings:
- 30g coffee (roasted for filter)
- 500g water
- Total brew time: 3 minutes
- Grind size: Medium (It should be finer than a plunger grind but coarser than an espresso grind)
Begin by boiling at least ½ litre of fresh water. As you wait for it to boil, fold the paper filter along its seams, open it, and place it inside the cone.
Weigh out your coffee and grind it to a medium texture.
Position the cone with the filter paper over your jug. Pour some of your boiled water through to rinse the paper, and at the same time, warm up the cone and jug. Once drained, dispose of this water.
Transfer your ground coffee into the filter-lined cone. Sit the cone on top of your jug, put the entire set-up on the scales, and tare them to zero.
Start your timer as you pour just enough boiling water to saturate all the coffee, then let the coffee ‘bloom’ for about 30 seconds. You can bloom with about twice the weight of the coffee - in this case, that's around 60-80g of water. The bloom stage is crucial, as it allows the coffee to de-gas and create an even bed for consistent extraction.
Gradually add the remainder of your water, pouring it in a slow, circular motion. Aim to have added all your water (500g in total) just after the 2-minute mark; the brew should finish filtering through around the 3-minute mark.
Give your brewed coffee a quick stir, pour it into your favorite coffee mug, and take a moment to savor the fruits of your labor.
There's nothing quite like a perfectly brewed pour over coffee. It's a little ritual that allows us to slow down, to appreciate the subtle complexities of coffee, and to start our day on a calm note. Enjoy!