Making a great coffee using the Pour-Over method is a simple yet rewarding process. This method allows you to have a lot of control over the brewing process, resulting in a rich and flavorful cup of coffee.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a great Pour-Over coffee:
Ingredients and Equipment:
Freshly roasted coffee beans
Filter (preferably a cone-shaped one, like a V60 or Chemex)
Pour-Over device (Hario V60, Chemex, Kalita Wave, etc.)
Digital kitchen scale
Fresh, clean water (ideally filtered or bottled water)
Step 1: Grind the Coffee
Use a burr grinder to grind your coffee beans just before brewing. The grind size should be medium-coarse, similar to sea salt.
Step 2: Prepare the Filter
Place the filter in your Pour-Over device. Rinse the filter with hot water to remove any paper taste and preheat your brewing vessel. Discard the rinse water.
Step 3: Measure the Coffee
Weigh out the coffee grounds. A common coffee-to-water ratio is 1:15, meaning 1 gram of coffee to 15 grams of water. Adjust this ratio based on your taste preferences. For example, for a 12-ounce (355 ml) cup of coffee, you’ll need about 24 grams of coffee.
Step 4: Boil the Water
Heat water in your gooseneck kettle to just below boiling (around 200°F or 93°C).
Step 5: Bloom the Coffee
Place your Pour-Over device on a stable surface, put the coffee grounds in the filter, and shake it gently to level the grounds. Start a timer.
Begin by pouring a small amount of hot water (about double the weight of the coffee) evenly over the coffee grounds, ensuring they’re all wet. This is called the “bloom.” Allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds, during which the coffee will release gas and expand.
Step 6: Begin Pouring
After the bloom, start pouring hot water in a slow, spiral motion over the coffee grounds, moving from the center outward. Pour until you reach your target brew weight, maintaining a constant flow. Your total pour time should typically be 2-3 minutes, depending on your grind size and coffee-to-water ratio.
Step 7: Let It Drip
Allow the coffee to drip through the filter and into your vessel. The total brew time should be around 3-4 minutes.
Step 8: Enjoy
Once the dripping has slowed down significantly, your Pour-Over coffee is ready. Remove the filter, and enjoy your delicious cup of coffee.
Remember that practice makes perfect with the Pour-Over method. Experiment with different coffee beans, grind sizes, and pouring techniques to find the perfect flavor profile that suits your taste.