How to make Pour Over Coffee

Americans always want what is 'new', even if it's old. That goes for coffee making as well.  Everything old is new again.  While some of the generations before us as well as many countries who aren't blessed with reliable power, electricity in every home or obviously, the coffee makers that most of us use every day use this method to brew their coffee because they have to or it's their culture; Americans are turning {back} to it because it's something 'new' and different again. 

Pour over coffee is an old-fashioned technique that, for me, is something useful when I have to  (camping without a coffee pot) or when I have time to sit and relax and totally enjoy the brewing process from start to finish.  It's not a method I used to choose to employ when I am rushing out the door in the morning trying to make it to the office on time.

So.... How to Make Pour Over Coffee?
The overly simplified version;

The process is easy;  you are simply pouring very hot water over coffee grounds in a filter of some style and letting it run through to your mug.

My Grandma would be smirking at us right now.

For the purpose of this blog post, I'm going to choose and use the Aerolatte Ceramic Coffee Filter mug as an example.

  • It's believed by many that a ceramic or glass filter container is best for flavor because the hot water doesn't run over plastic parts and impart any of those flavors into the brew.
  • I also want to mention; use good quality, cold water.  If your home as a water softener or has soft water, your coffee is never going to taste as good as coffee brewed with harder water.  Personally, I can taste 'salt' in all homes with water softeners (one of our previous homes as well) so I would invest in bottled water to make our coffee because that 'soft' taste really can ruin a perfectly good ground.
  • Lastly; choose your grounds wisely.  If you like the caffeine kick, choose a lighter roast.  If you like the robust flavor, go for a darker roast.  

You basically just place your filter holder on top of a coffee cup and insert a paper filter inside the (ceramic)  coffee filter and add your favorite coffee grounds, before slowly pouring hot water on top.

This particular model is the Aerolatte Ceramic Coffee Filter

Here is your grounds, in a paper filter, in the ceramic filter holder.

 Here it is (in a clear glass mug so you can see what's happening) in action.

How to make Pour Over Coffee
The more detailed version;

  1. Heat your water in a teapot on the stove, or even in the microwave if you wish.   I usually get my hot water straight from my Keurig machine which brews it at 192 degrees. I like to use about 8 oz water per 2 Tablespoons of grounds myself but you can adjust to your taste.  Heat about 2 oz. more water than you need, as you will want to wet the paper filter with it.
  2. You can use fresh ground beans (for best flavor) or you can use the pre-ground version you can buy in the stores as well.  
  3. Place the filter of choice (ceramic, glass, plastic container that holds the coffee filter) on top of the mug, and place a paper filter inside.  You can buy paper filters specifically for your choice of filter holder - check your instructions or if you are like, me, use the regular white paper filters and just fold them over to fit.
  4. Using about 2 oz. of the hot water, wet the paper filter and mug by pouring the hot water over the filter. This removes any 'paper filter' or chemical taste and heats up your mug - as a cold mug will reduce the temperature of your coffee!  (And I'm a picky-nut about my coffee being 192 degrees or I can't drink it.)
  5. (If your water is completely boiling out of the microwave or teapot, let it set just a moment to cool to about 195 degrees.)
  6. Dump the water that you poured through the filter into the mug to wet the filter and heat the mug.  Add your coffee grounds to the wet filter.
  7. Start to pour the water directly over the grounds to wet them.  Go slow, as it will foam up a bit at first.  Stop, let the foam go down in a couple seconds and then finish pouring slowly, in circles around the grounds until it's all used and all the water has dripped through, down into the coffee mug. Make sure your mug is big enough to hold the amount of water you chose, or you could have a spill over!

Enjoy your hot, freshly brewed, pour over coffee.

You might also be interested in these other similar products;

Grosche Austin Pour Over Coffee Maker
Zevro Incred 'a Brew-Direct Immersion Brewing System for Coffee
Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer
Melitta Coffee Maker, Single Cup Pour-Over Brewer with Travel Mug, Red (Pack of 2)