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Brew Guide: Pour-Over

Brew Guide: Pour-Over

Over the past few centuries, many different inventors and coffee companies have developed their own unique method to Pour-Over coffee. By changing the size of the hole and the pattern of the interior ridges, companies have developed different Pour-Over models that all produce their own unique cup of coffee. For this brew, we used a German “Cilio” pour-over with a size #4 filter.

Pour-Over is extremely easy, and should only take about 10 minutes.

What You Need

  • Pour-Over
  • Filter
  • Coffee
  • Water
  • Wooden Stirrer
  • Gooseneck Kettle
  • Grinder

AMOUNTS

  • 3 tbsp coffee & 12 oz water
  • 4 tbsp coffee & 16 oz water
  • 5 tbsp coffee & 20 oz water
  • 6 tbsp coffee & 24 oz water
  • 24 grams coffee & 355 grams water
  • 32 grams coffee & 473 grams water
  • 40 grams coffee & 591 grams water
  • 48 grams coffee & 709 grams water

Grounds

To start out, measure out your Camano Island Coffee and set your grinder to a medium-fine grind. Also, that’s #5 or autodrip on an industrial grinder.

Water

Bring your water to a boil and then remove from heat. Never pour boiling water straight onto coffee grounds – it will scorch them and give your coffee a burnt flavor. Allow the water to cool for 30 seconds (the temperature should be between 195-205 degrees) before you proceed to the next step.

Filter

Place your filter inside your pour-over, set it on top of your mug, and use hot water to give it a quick rinse. This gets rid of any papery taste the filter might add to the coffee, and warms your mug up, too. Dump out the excess water.

Adding Grounds: Drop the grounds into the filter and give it a small shake so they are distributed evenly.

Pouring: Grab your kettle and begin pouring the water in a slow, circular motion outward from the center. Only pour until the grounds are slightly covered with water, then stop.

Bloom: Let the grounds bloom for 45 seconds, then use a small wooden paddle or chopstick to give the grounds a quick stir. By stirring the grounds you are ensuring they are evenly covered with water, which helps create an even extraction.

2nd Pouring: Continue to pour water in the same circular motion over your coffee until you’ve used all of your water. Remove Pour-Over once the drip has slowed to a near stop.

Enjoy!

You can now enjoy your fresh cup of Pour-Over coffee.

2 thoughts on “Brew Guide: Pour-Over

  1. Could you just set an electric teapot to 205 degrees?

    1. Hi Nancy,

      That is an interesting question. If your electric kettle allows you to do this you can certainly try it. One other thing to keep in mind with pour over is the “rate of flow” With a normal electric kettle the spout is wide and allows for a fast flow of water. With a pourover kettle the spout is narrow and curved to allow you more control on the flow and direction of the hot water. This is important to control how the grounds are wetted. The goal is to wet the grounds evenly in a circular fashion. This prevents the grounds from being saturated in one area and not watered at all in another.

      Having said all of that, if you can make a regular kettle work then that’s great, too. Sometimes the best tool for a job is the one you already have!

      Good luck and let us know how it goes.

      TJ

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