One of the most minimal, and yet best, ways to brew coffee is with a pour over brewer. Unlike most coffee makers, these things are as simple as it gets: a cone that holds the filter and coffee grounds and fits on top of your cup.The idea is simple: the cone goes over your cup. A filter goes in the cone. Coffee goes into the filter. Hot water is poured into the cone. Viola! Coffee. And yet, most people still manage to mess up the process. So, how do you make a proper cup of pour over coffee?
The first step to getting a good result with your pour over coffee brewer is to make sure that the water is at the right temperature. Your water should be between 190F and 205F. Don’t worry about breaking out the thermometer, if you use a kettle then its easy: the water at the top will be at the right temperature if you take the kettle off just as it starts boiling.
So make sure you have the rest of your equipment ready before you take the water off the stove.
The second thing to do is make sure that you have enough coffee. While the exact amounts are personal, a good place to start is at 1 tablespoon for every 4 ounces of coffee. I would not recommend going too far below this amount, as the coffee you get will be quite weak.
Pour the water into the filter. But don’t let the water slowly seep down to the cup; stir the slurry like crazy. Stir it so that all the coffee is suspended in the water. That way all the coffee is evenly brewed. Keep stirring until almost all the water has seeped through the filter and into your cup.
Your coffee is done. As long as you used the right proportions, good beans, had the right temperature water, and stirred the slurry, your cup of coffee should come out all right. You might be quite surprised at the quality of coffee that a cheap $4.00 piece of equipment can produce.
It will likely blow your automatic drip coffee maker out of the water, because the thermostats usually heat the water to too low of a temperature. Enjoy the coffee, and be glad that some things truly are simple.
Until next time keep your coffee hot!