A Beginners Guide to Pour-Over Coffee Brewing

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Getting up and getting out of bed each morning is challenging for some people. One of the best ways to get an instant blast of energy in the morning is by drinking a delicious cup of coffee.

Studies show that over 60 percent of Americans report drinking at least one cup of coffee a day. Most newcomers to the world of coffee fail to realise just how many different ways this beverage can be prepared.

In the past few years, manual coffee makers have become increasingly popular. Pour-over drippers seem to be one of the most popular manual coffee makers on the market. This type of coffee can be consumed black or you can spice it up with syrup.

Are you new to the world of pour-over coffee? If so, check out the helpful brewing tips below.

Grinding and Brewing Requires Specialised Tools

One of the main things you need to focus on when trying to take part in the pour-over coffee revolution is to get the right equipment. Things like a burr grander, a gram scale and a slow-pour kettle are a must. With these elements, you can produce tasty and robust coffee.

When grinding the coffee beans, your main concern should be keeping it consistent. Ideally, you want to grind your beans as fine as you can to ensure they properly dissipate in the hot water. However, you may have to later the grinding process if problems persist.

For instance, if the coffee keeps coming out tasting weak or sour, then a finer grinder setting is a good idea. However, if the taste is far too bitter or harsh, you want to get a coarser setting on the grinder. Over time, you will find a sweet sport regarding how to grind down the beans for the type of pour-over coffee you enjoy.

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Photo by Mike Marquez on Unsplash

Be Mindful of the Coffee to Water Ratio

There are a number of different opinions when it comes to the best coffee to water ratio for pour-over brews. Most experts maintain that 1 litre of water per 60 grams of coffee is the ideal ratio.

However, you will need to find the ratio that works best for the type of coffee you like to consume.

Starting with the recommended ratio mentioned previously can help you figure out whether or not it is the right fit for your needs. If it tastes weak, then adding a bit more coffee to the recipe is a good idea.

Ideally, you want to use filtered water for your pour-over coffee recipe. The higher the quality of the water is, the better the pour-over beverage will ultimately taste.

Simply using tap water will lead to your coffee tasting weird. Buying gallons of distilled water is a great option for people who do not have a water filter in their home.

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Photo by Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash

Choosing the Right Things to Add to the Coffee

While making a pot of pour-over coffee is time-consuming, it is definitely worth the effort. Before you start to put creamers and sugar into this coffee, try it black. Doing this will allow you to taste the freshness of the coffee beans.

If you simply can’t stand the taste of black coffee, add a bit of cream. Restricting the amount of cream and sugar you put into the coffee will allow you to avoid drowning out the overall essence of pour-over coffee.

Don’t Forget to Ask for Help

If you are new to the world of pour-over coffee, you are going to make mistakes. Seeking out the guidance of a more experienced coffee maker is a great way to avoid mistakes in the future.

One of the main things you need to focus on when trying to take part in the pour-over coffee revolution is to get the right equipment. Things like a burr grander, a gram scale and a slow-pour kettle are a must. With these elements, you can produce tasty and robust coffee.

When grinding the coffee beans, your main concern should be keeping it consistent. Ideally, you want to grind your beans as fine as you can to ensure they properly dissipate in the hot water.

However, you may have to later the grinding process if problems persist. For instance, if the coffee keeps coming out tasting weak or sour, then a finer grinder setting is a good idea. However, if the taste is far too bitter or harsh, you want to get a coarser setting on the grinder. Over time, you will find a sweet sport regarding how to grind down the beans for the type of pour-over coffee you enjoy.

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Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Be Mindful of the Coffee to Water Ratio

There are a number of different opinions when it comes to the best coffee to water ratio for pour-over brews. Most experts maintain that 1 litre of water per 60 grams of coffee is the ideal ratio. However, you will need to find the ratio that works best for the type of coffee you like to consume.

Starting with the recommended ratio mentioned previously can help you figure out whether or not it is the right fit for your needs. If it tastes weak, then adding a bit more coffee to the recipe is a good idea.

Ideally, you want to use filtered water for your pour-over coffee recipe. The higher the quality of the water is, the better the pour-over beverage will ultimately taste. Simply using tap water will lead to your coffee tasting weird. Buying gallons of distilled water is a great option for people who do not have a water filter in their home.

Featured Imaged | 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič – @itfeelslikefilm on Unsplash

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Simone Ribeiro
I'm a Brazilian journalist based in West Midlands. In Brazil, I have worked with International Trade and Logistics publications.

Now in the UK, I keep writing and I dedicate myself to a new project : Midlands Trade - a blog focused on business in Europe and Brazil. It's also supporting small businesses throughout the #MeetTheBusiness.

I'm a Brazilian journalist based in West Midlands. In Brazil, I have worked with International Trade and Logistics publications. Now in the UK, I keep writing and I dedicate myself to a new project : Midlands Trade - a blog focused on business in Europe and Brazil. It's also supporting small businesses throughout the #MeetTheBusiness.

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