A beginners guide to pour over coffee

A beginners guide to pour over coffee
18/11/2018 conor

Learn to brew like a barista

Pour over coffee is one of the easiest brew methods in coffee making. Not only that, it produces some of the cleanest and most amplified tasting coffee out of any method. We’ve put together a comprehensive beginners guide to pour-over. Allowing you to hit the ‘ground’ running and master the pour over coffee.

Step 1: Choosing the coffee
Step 2: The Grind
Step 3: Heating the water
Step 4: Prepping the dripper
Step 5: The pour and bloom

Step 1: Choosing the coffee

Before starting the brew you need to choose your coffee.

First and foremost, no matter how expensive your coffee is, if its pre-ground it’s just not going to taste as good. Trust us, taking the time to get yourself a grinder and beans will be worth it.

Why you ask? A bunch of reasons, but the two main ones are oxygen and carbon dioxide. About 15 minutes after coffee is ground, it oxidizes (binds with O2) and loses a bulk of that dreamy aroma. Also, once you grind coffee a large portion of its CO2 is released. You need this CO2 to get the bean’s essential oils into your coffee. Stick with grinding right before brewing, and you avoid all these problems.

Step 2: Grinding the coffee

For a 12 oz cup, weigh 23 grams of beans (about 3 tablespoons). Grind the coffee to a medium coarseness.

Step 3: Heating the water

Water temperature is critical. You will need to heat the water until the temperature reaches the optimum brew temperature range of 90℃ – 96℃. Anything hotter will burn the coffee.

Step 4: Prepping the dripper

Place a filter in a pour-over dripper on a cup or server. Pour hot water to fully wet filter and warm dripper. Empty the cup of water. Place your coffee grinds into the dripper and shake lightly to flatten for a more even pour.

Step 5: The pour and bloom

Start pouring from the centre of dripper, working your way out to the sides. Pour about 50 grams of water or 2 times the amount of coffee you use. Wait 30 seconds for coffee to “bloom” and release CO2.

Continue pouring evenly from the centre of the dripper, outward in a circular path. Pouring should take an additional 2:30 – 3 minutes. Stop once the 12 oz cup is full.

And now all that’s left is for you to enjoy your perfect cup of joe in one of our exquisite mugs or cups.

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