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Three beautiful ways to make pour over

Published by Victoria Gormley
September 14, 2016 1:34 pm

There’s just something about the kettle whistling on the stove, freshly ground coffee beans, and the methodical process of hand brewed coffee that stirs our senses and makes us fall in love again with our morning routine.

The art of manual pour over has long been a staple in the craft of brewed coffee, and for good reason. With this method you maintain the highest level of control over the end result. You might consider it the most immersive and memorable form of brewing coffee.

There are probably thousands of various pour over hardware you could choose from, and as many recipes and techniques.

We’ve selected just three of our favorite pour over products and matched them with a simple, repeatable brewing guide for each.

Here’s to beautiful rituals that add to the daily rhythms of life!

What You’ll Need:

  • Pour over dripper
  • Filters
  • Kettle
  • Grinder
  • Digital Scale
  • Timer
  • Whole bean coffee

Hario V60

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The Steps:

  1. Put your kettle on to boil.
  2. Fold a Hario filter along the scalloped edge, place in the V60 dripper and wet thoroughly with hot water. Rinsing your filter before brewing will ensure that your coffee won’t have a papery taste and will also preheat your V60 and mug. Discard the water in mug.
  3. Measure out 25 grams of whole beans and grind roughly to the size of table salt.
  4. Place coffee in the filter.
  5. Place V60 dripper onto mug or decanter and place both onto your scale. Tare to zero.
  6. Start timer and begin to pre-infuse (lightly cover) your coffee grounds with about 30 grams of hot water. Try and saturate the grounds as evenly as possible in this first pour. The grounds will start to “bloom.” Let the blooming grounds sit until your timer reaches the 35 second mark.
  7. Continue pouring hot water in circular motion over grounds in 60-100 gram increments until you reach 400 grams. Total time should be roughly 3 minutes 30 seconds.
  8. Enjoy!

Note: If you don’t have a scale, you can follow the same steps above; just keep in mind it will be more difficult to achieve a consistent result.

Kalita Wave

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The Steps:

  1. Put your kettle on to boil.
  2. Place the Kalita Wave filter in the dripper and wet thoroughly with hot water. Rinsing your filter before brewing will ensure that your coffee won’t have a papery taste and will also preheat your Kalita and mug. Discard the water in mug.
  3. Measure out 21 grams of whole beans and grind roughly to the size of table salt.
  4. Place coffee in the filter.
  5. Place the Kalita Wave on top of mug or decanter and tare the scale to zero.
  6. Start the timer and begin to pre-infuse (lightly cover) your coffee grounds with about 50 grams of hot water. Try and saturate the grounds as evenly as possible in this first pour. The grounds will start to “bloom.” Let the blooming grounds sit until your timer reaches the 45 second mark.
  7. Continue pouring hot water in a circular motion over grounds until you hit 200 grams (around the 1:00 minute mark).
  8. Pour in 50 gram increments until you hit about 375 grams. Total time should be roughly 3 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

Chemex

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The Steps

  1. Put your kettle on to boil.
  2. Place your Chemex filter in the brewer with the thick side of the filter with 3 layers against the spout. 
  3. Pour about 8 ounces of hot water through the filter to rinse out any paper flavor and preheat the carafe. Pour the water out of the pour spout prior to brewing.
  4. Measure out 42 grams of whole beans and grind roughly to the size of sugar in the raw.
  5. Place the Chemex carafe onto the scale, pour the grounds into filter and tare your scale to zero.
  6. Start timer and begin to pre-infuse (lightly cover) with about 100 grams of hot water. Try and saturate the grounds as evenly as possible in this first pour. The grounds will start to “bloom.” Let the blooming grounds sit until your timer reaches the 50 second mark.
  7. Continue pouring the hot water in a circular motion over the grounds in 100 gram increments until you reach 675 grams. Total time should be roughly 4 minutes, 30 seconds
  8. Enjoy!

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