How to Use a Pour-Over Coffee Maker
If you’re looking for a delicious fresh cup of coffee, look no further than the pour-over coffee maker. This coffee maker is easy to use and can produce a cup of coffee far superior to what you would get from a traditional drip coffee maker.
A pour-over coffee maker allows you to control every aspect of the brewing process, from the grind of the coffee beans to the water temperature, allowing you to make a truly great cup of coffee with a personalized touch.
In this article, we’ll show you how to use a pour-over coffee maker and the equipment you will need so you can enjoy delicious cups of coffee at home.
What You’ll Need:
- Coffee beans
- A grinder
- Filtered water
- Heat Source
- Gooseneck drip kettle
- A mug
How to Use a Pour Over Coffee Maker
Grind the Coffee Beans
Grinding the beans is an essential step in making a great cup of coffee. If the beans are not ground properly, the coffee will not be extracted correctly and taste bad. The coffee beans should be a medium-coarse grind, and the grind size should be about the same as sea salt.
You can either grind your coffee manually or automatically. If you are using an auto pour-over coffee maker, the machine will grind the beans for you.
Balance the Amount of Coffee Grounds and Water
For every six ounces of water, you should use ten grams of fine or medium coffee grounds–this is known as the coffee to water ratio. Making sure you have the right balance is crucial in creating a great cup of coffee that is not too strong or too weak.
After determining the right amount of coffee grounds, pour them into your preferred filter and place it over your coffee mug. You can use a paper, cloth, or stainless-steel filter.
Find the Correct Water Temperature
Every cup of coffee is different, and no single temperature is ideal for all coffees. Water that is too hot will scald the coffee and give it an unpleasant taste, while water that isn’t hot enough will not extract all the flavors from the coffee beans. In general, 195°F to 205°F is a good starting point for most coffees.
Wet Your Coffee Grounds
Once you have boiled your water to the correct temperature, it’s time to wet your coffee grounds. This is known as the bloom. To do this, simply pour a small amount of hot water over the coffee grounds and let them sit for thirty seconds. This will help release all the gas from the coffee grounds and ensure your coffee is properly extracted.
Once you have bloomed the coffee, it’s time to pour in the rest of the water. Pour the water in a slow and steady stream in a circular motion–the goal is to evenly saturate all the coffee grounds.
After you have added all the water, simply wait for the coffee to finish brewing. This should take about two to three minutes.
Experiment With Different Variables
As you become familiar with making pour-over coffee, you can start to experiment with different variables–this includes the grind size of the coffee beans, the coffee to water ratio, and the brewing time. By experimenting with these variables, you can make a cup of coffee that is truly unique and perfect for your taste buds.
These are the simple steps of how to use a pour-over coffee maker. By following these, you can make a delicious cup of coffee tailored to your own personal taste. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give it a try!For more tips on making great coffee, check out our recent blog post in which we discuss the difference between drip and pour-over coffee as well as the amount of water needed for an espresso K-Cup.