Using the pour over method is a simple and affordable way to brew a superior cup of coffee while on the road or in the comfort of you're own home. It takes a little extra effort, but very convenient in the end.
- The water used for the pour over brewer should be the same as the French press, between 195 and 205 degrees F. If your kettle is not temperature controlled, letting water rest after it has come to a boil will allow you to easily reach an ideal temperature.
- The grind for the pour over brewer is not as coarse as the French press and not as fine as espresso, it should be similar to the coarseness of sugar and have a uniform look and feel. The cone filter needs a slightly finer grind than a flat-bottom filter. This will slow down the rate of flow and allow more time for extraction.
- The amount of coffee used will vary depending on your taste. The Specialty Coffee Association of America recommends 14.5 grams of coffee for every 8 oz of water — approximately 2 tbsp of coffee for every 8 oz of water.
- When the coffee has been properly ground and the water is at the ideal temperature, the water should be slowly poured over the grounds in a varied manner allowing the grounds to slowly moisten. The coffee should be stirred, and as it drips, the sides of the filter should be scrapped allowing for the water to continue to extract flavor from all of the grounds.