How to Make a Pour Over Coffee
The pour over is the most popular coffee brewing device to capture and experience the nuance of gourmet coffee. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about pour overs and how to brew an exceptional cup of coffee on any pour over device.
What is a Pour Over
A pour over is a type of infusion brewing where hot water is poured over ground coffee.
How Does a Pour Over Work?
A metal, glass, or ceramic brew basket containing a filter and ground coffee sits above your mug or carafe. Hot water is poured over the ground coffee and brews as it passes through the coffee. The freshly brewed coffee exits the brew basket through perforations in the bottom of the basket and into your mug or carafe with only the help of gravity.
Pour Over Coffee Ratio
We recommend a water to coffee ratio of 16:1 or 15:1 if you prefer a more potent cup. This means 16 grams of water for every gram of coffee. To calculate how much coffee you need, weigh the amount of water you want to brew and divide that by 16. That will give you the amount of coffee to grind.
Pour Over Coffee Grind
You will want to grind your coffee with enough coarseness that the water passes through the grounds within your desired brew time. To achieve this, we recommend a medium grind consistency which feels similar to table salt. Most pour overs use a paper filter. Paper filters produce a very clean cup of coffee because of how well they capture small particles of coffee.
Learn more about coffee grinding on our How to Grind Coffee guide.
Pour Over Coffee Recipe
- Water to coffee ratio: 16:1
- Water: 450g
- Coffee: 28g
- Grind: Medium (table salt)
How to Make Pour Over Coffee
Technique is very important when brewing a pour over. Start with a level bed of coffee in your brew basket. To obtain an even extraction, pour your hot water with a gooseneck kettle using circular motions that spiral out from the middle to the outside and back to the middle again. When the brewing is complete, you should see a level bed of coffee in your filter once all the water has drained out.
- Step 1 - 0:00 Add 50g of water to allow freshly roasted coffee to degas
- Step 2 - 0:30 Slowly add 200g of water using circular motions
- Step 3 - 1:00 Add 100g of water again with circular motions
- Step 4 - 2:00 Add the remaining water and let it filter through the coffee with a complete brew time of around 3:30 to 4 minutes
5 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers
Probably our most favorite pour over device, the Kalita Wave features a flat bottom, several perforations, and a “wave” shaped filter.
Another popular device is the Hario v60. The v60 is conical in shape with an open bottom and comes in ceramic, glass, metal, or plastic.
Espro is flat bottomed like the Kalita Wave, but features their patented micro-filter brewing system.
Probably the most beautiful pour over device, the Origami Dripper is as visually appealing as it is functional.
All of Kinto’s products are thoughtfully designed and well crafted. They offer metal pour overs with micro-perforations and pour overs that require a paper filter.
Additional Equipment for Making a Pour Over
Our favorite home grinder, The Baratza Encore is a conical burr grinder. It’s simple to operate, well built, and affordable.
A gooseneck kettle is a must for brewing a good pour over.
It’s very important to weigh your coffee and water to ensure your coffee to water ratios are correct and you’re able to reproduce a cup that you enjoy. The Hario scale is affordable, well-built, and has a built-in timer.
Enjoy your hot cup of coffee with the 16oz Enjoy Methodical mug.
We recommend our Pink Lady blend to enjoy as a pour over. Pink Lady is a bright and fruity blend of two Ethiopian coffees that complements the clean cup a pour over produces.