If you are new to pour over coffee take these tips as a foundation to get brewing. However, there’s a lot of variables involved in brewing an awesome coffee: beans, number of cups you’re making, pour time and equipment are just some of them. Ultimately, you my friend are going to have to experiment to find the brew that puts a smile on your face.
1. Get the right temperature
Too hot and your coffee is burnt. Too cold and it’s doesn’t brew properly. If you are using a Coffee Gator kettle heat your water until it’s within the highlighted brew range (195˚-205˚F) on thermometer. If you are using any other kettle (you are a fool for missing out on a lot of Gator happiness) bring the water to the boil and let it cool for around 2 minutes.
2. Grind it
If you love great coffee then freshly ground beans are essential. For pour over coffee it’s best to grind to the coarseness of sea salt. Here’s a rough idea of the amount you need according to the volume of water you want to add.
|WATER||8 ounces||12 ounces||16 ounces||20 ounces|
|COFFEE||15 grams||23 grams||30 grams||38 grams|
3. Heat your dripper
Pour some water through your dripper to heat everything up. If you are using a version that needs paper filters you’ll need to add your filter and pour the hot water through to get rid of the paper taste. Empty the hot water out then add your grinds to the dripper. Now comes the fun part.
4. Get the right bloom
Start pouring at center 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.
5. Pour like a pro
Continue pouring evenly from the centre of the dripper, outward in a circular path. Pouring should take an additional 2:30 – 3 minutes.