I remember those days when I spent so much money on having a decent cup of coffee at the café nearby. This was before I discovered the pour over coffee method.
It was easy for me to learn and master the pour over coffee making method. Who wouldn’t want to learn this coffee brewing style after tasting the delicious coffee, and enjoying the aroma that fills your home?
Once I discovered how simple it was to achieve the right coffee blend, nothing could stop me from brewing a perfect pot of coffee every morning.
Here is a little bit more information on this technique…
An Ancient Method Passed on to Modern Times
The pour over coffee method was invented by Melitta Bentz, a German lady who discovered that using filter paper produced great tasting coffee (see more info)
Since then, other countries have adopted the use of filters to brew coffee, especially in Asia. The Japanese, who are known to have a passion for drinking coffee, have developed a passion for the pour over coffee brewing method. In Japan, there are factories that produce ceramic filter systems which work excellently with paper filters. Other countries you can experience the pour over coffee method include Korea and the U.S.
Here’s a quick guide on how to do it…
Two ingredients are essential for the pour over coffee method. You will need clean water and coffee beans. For a stronger flavour, it will be best if you use freshly ground coffee beans, which should be of the same size as table salt after grinding.
In terms of equipment, you will need a ceramic filter system, kettle and a glass coffee pot preferably with a wooden neck so you can hold the pot when it contains hot coffee.
Brewing Your Coffee
To get it right, it is important that you use the correct ratio – preferably 1 gram to 17 millilitres of water. If you want more coffee, you can double thisratio to get more servings, according to https://www.ncausa.org/About-Coffee/How-to-Brew-Coffee.
Brewing coffee manually has its advantages; many people use distilled water, which gives the coffee a flat taste. This can be prevented by adding minerals to your distilled water to get the best taste.
Bring your water to boiling point and prepare your ceramic filter system to start brewing.
Now, It’s Time For A Moment of Magic
The best thing about the pour over coffee method is that you can determine the outcome by choosing your beans and the mix ratio.
The best coffee blend is achieved with hot water at 200 degrees F. After boiling the water, wait for thirty seconds before proceeding. This time is allowed so the water temperature falls a little below 200 degrees F.
Fold one of your filter papers into a conical shape, and sprinkle some water on it to make the filter paper damp. This will allow you to place it in your ceramic filter. Put in the quantity of ground beans you want to use for the brew.
Now it’s time to start brewing. Pour the hot water over your grounds. This should be done carefully to avoid any spills. The water seeps slowly through the grounds and into your coffee pot attached to the ceramic filter system. The water from your kettle should be poured in a spiral motion starting from the center of your grounds to ensure the distribution is even.
The grounds will rise in the filter paper, and give off a strong pleasant coffee aroma. This is a magical moment called the ‘bloom’. Your kitchen will smell great!
During the 30 seconds wait time, you will notice coffee dripping through your ceramic filter into the coffee pot. When this finished, wait a further two minutes to allow the water to filter through the grounds completely.
Now, you can remove the coffee pot with your brew.
Enjoy Your Freshly Brewed Coffee…
Once you have followed the steps above, it is time to savor the taste!
Read more about different coffee-making methods at Gaztronomy.