Mastering the Pour Over


 

Hands down our favorite way to brew coffee at home is the pour over.  Sights, sounds, and smells all come together to create the "perfect" cup of coffee.

There are several devices available to brew pour over coffee, we have had the best results with the C70 pour over brewer by Saint Anthony's Industries https://hawthornehillcoffee.com/collections/pour-over-brewers-by-saint-anthony-industries-usa/products/c70-ceramics-brewer

Sticking with the 17:1 water to coffee ratio will generate an incredible cup of coffee.  The entire process will take less than 5 minutes and the results will astound you.  The coffee will finish bright, and smooth while highlighting the unique flavors that each origin holds within the coffee beans.

The simplest way to brew using the pour over method is to grind 30 grams of coffee to a medium grind size.  4-5 tablespoons of coffee will get you into the range if you do not have a coffee scale.  In regards to water you want to brew through 500 grams of water (roughly 18 ounces).  

Aim for just short of boil for the water (202 degrees).  After heating the water and setting up your brewer you want to start by "creating a bloom".  This simply means you will soak the grounds with the hot water, add enough water to just saturate the grounds, and not so much that the brewing starts right away.  Let the coffee "bloom" for 30 seconds.  The bloom will prime the coffee grounds for optimal extraction.

After your bloom is complete start adding water to the grounds / filter basket and let the brewing begin.  Keep adding water is a circular motion keeping the water level towards the top of the filter / brewer.

The brewing process for 500 grams / 18 ounces of water should take roughly 4 minutes.  If you find the coffee brewing too fast, there is a good chance the grounds are too coarse, dial the grinder down to a finer setting until the brew pace hits the sweet spot.

Once you start partaking in pour over coffees you may just never go back to an automatic coffee maker again!


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