Pourover is filter style coffee brewed by pouring hot water over a bed of coffee that sits in a filter inside a pourover cone.The resulting brew is delicate, light in body and allows the the quality of the coffee to shine with clarity.
Pourover is often considered to be the gold standard of manual filter brewing, and is valued for the way it allows the delicate origin characteristics and flavour profile of coffees shine. Pourover is an extremely delicate way of brewing coffee and results in a light-bodied, complex cup with a lot of clarity. It’s also a fairly inexpensive way to start brewing filter coffee at home, as you only really need a pourover cone, filter paper, and a kettle. You’ll get best results with a goose-neck kettle for the ultimate controlled pour.
Pourover cones can be made of ceramic, glass, plastic and even metal; these can be paired with paper or metal filters. Our go-to pourover brewer is the Hario V60, named after it’s signature 60°, V-shaped slope. The V60 cone also boasts a wide brew hole and spiraled edges, which keeps the filter from sticking to the cone, allowing for the perfect flow and extraction.
You’ll get best results on pourover with filter roasted coffee, which is suited to its delicate and gentle extraction.
How Long? 2.5-3 minutes
How Much? Pourover cones start at $12.50 for plastic and $30 for ceramic
What You'll Need: Hario V60 2-cup, Hario V60 2-cup filter paper, kettle (preferably gooseneck), range server or a large enough flat-topped vessel to brew into, scales, timer
Master making Pourover coffee by following our easy steps below!
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Here are the most common questions we receive regarding Pour Over Coffee. If you have any more questions, please get in contact!
Pourover is considered to be special for the way it allows the true qualities of coffee shine. Pourover coffee is light in body, with a lot of clarity so the origin characteristics and subtle flavours of the coffee is evident in the cup.
We think pourover is a wonderful way to brew coffee and to taste the nuances in coffee. You can make pourover coffee with a relatively inexpensive set up, so we absolutely think it’s a worthy way to brew coffee.
We suggest enjoying everything in moderation! In some ways, black coffee can be considered healthier than drinks with added dairy or alternative milks. It is also claimed that coffee filtered through paper is healthier as the filter reduces the amount of cafestol in the final beverage. Cafestol is an oil in coffee that is claimed to raise cholesterol in high doses. If you’re concerned, we suggest speaking to a medical professional!
It is claimed that coffee filtered through paper is healthier as the filter reduces the amount of cafestol in the final beverage. Cafestol is an oil in coffee that is claimed to raise cholesterol in high doses. If you’re concerned, we suggest speaking to a medical professional!
We suggest a medium grind for pourover. You can fine tune your grind size by following the brew guide above and making changes to the grind based on how long the coffee takes to brew.
How much coffee you use for a pourover depends on the size of your pourover cone and how many coffees you want to make. For a one cup pourover we suggest starting with 15g of coffee to 250g of water; for two cup pourover we suggest a 30g:500g ratio.
Your pourover brew might taste watery if it is underextracted. This might happen if the coffee doesn’t get enough contact time with the water. Try fining up your grind, thereby extending your brew time and see if it makes a difference. You can also increase your brew ratio (ie use more coffee while keeping the water volume the same). Have a play around and discover where your preferences lie. It’s important to remember that pourover coffee, by nature of how it’s brewed, has a much lighter body and mouthfeel to other brew methods, which can come across as watery if you aren’t use to drinking it. With a bit of practice with both brewing and drinking pourover, we’re sure you’ll come to love it!
We recommend using water between 94-98°C. If you don’t have a temperature controlled kettle, boil your kettle and leave it to sit for a minute or two before brewing.