How to Make Pour-Over Coffee at Home

Pour-over coffee is the best way to experience the full flavors of a particular coffee. The brewing method enhances the subtle tastes.

But it requires a bit more effort to do it properly than using a drip brewer. You will need to follow several steps to make the best pour-over coffee. It may seem complicated at first, but you'll be making the perfect cup of pour-over coffee in no time with patience and practice! 

Making Pour over coffee:

First, you need a coffee kettle. Kettles make it easy to bring water to just below boiling, which is ideal for pour-over coffee. For better pouring control, a gooseneck kettle is preferable.

Put your ground coffee in either a cone filter or a sock filter and place that in a carafe (the brewing vessel). Turn on your kettle and wait until you have about two inches of hot water. Pour all of that over your ground coffee. Wait one minute and then add more hot water, again waiting for about two inches. Continue pouring more hot water in increments of two inches for as long as it takes to complete five full pours (one per minute). 

And that's it.

It's all about the beans:

When making pour-over coffee, it's important to buy whole beans and grind them just before brewing. Buying pre-ground coffee loses some of its flavors in transit, while ground coffee goes stale quickly. It would be best to keep your beans in an airtight container in a cool, dark place away from moisture and heat. This helps preserve their quality and freshness. Store whole beans for no more than two weeks after purchase. The flavor will start to degrade right away, so grinding is recommended within 24 hours of purchase. When grinding your beans, be sure not to overheat them, as that can diminish their flavor! Using a burr grinder produces better results than a blade grinder.

The Best Pour Over Coffee to Water Ratio?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as the best Pour over coffee to water ratio will vary depending on several factors. These include the type of coffee beans used, the grind size, the brewing time, and even the water temperature. Some general guidelines can help you achieve a delicious cup of Pour-over coffee.

A good rule of thumb is to use about two tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water. This ratio can be adjusted depending on your personal preferences and the type of coffee beans and grind size you are using. For example, if you prefer a more robust cup of coffee, you may want to use a slightly higher ratio of coffee to water. Conversely, if you prefer a weaker cup of coffee, you may want to use a somewhat lower ratio.

The importance of filters:

Many coffee lovers believe that using a metal filter results in a better cup of coffee. Metal filters allow more oils and sediment to pass through, which some coffee drinkers believe results in a richer flavor. Additionally, metal filters do not absorb any of the flavors from the coffee, as paper filters can sometimes do.

Finally, metal filters are more durable and easier to clean than paper filters.

If you're interested in trying out a metal filter, you should keep a few things in mind. First, make sure to pre-rinse the filter with hot water before use. This will help remove any impurities that may be present. Second, be aware that your coffee will likely brew more quickly with a metal filter, so keep an eye on the time and make adjustments. 

Even if using a paper filter, rinse it first with hot water. It will ensure that all its tiny pores are open and ready to accept coffee. Rinsing removes the paper residue that can cause a cardboard taste.

Five Quick Tips to Make the World's Best Pour Over Coffee

  1. Always use freshly ground beans: This is the number one rule for making Pour-over coffee. The fresher the beans, the better the coffee will taste. If you can, grind your beans right before brewing.
  2. Use a metal filter: A good quality filter will make a big difference in the taste of your coffee. Be sure to use a filter that fits your Pour over coffee maker.
  3. Use the right amount of coffee: More is not always better when it comes to coffee. The general rule is to use two tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water.
  4. Preheat your water: This will help ensure that your coffee extracts evenly. Bring your water to a boil, and then let it sit for 30 seconds before pouring.
  5. Pour slowly and evenly: The key to making a great Pour over coffee is to pour the water slowly and evenly over the grounds. Go in a circular motion and pour just enough water to wet the grounds. Then, wait 30 seconds before continuing to pour. The goal is to pour about 6 ounces of water per minute.

Clean up

Wipe up any drips or spills with a dry towel or paper towels and discard. Rinse off your paper filter and throw it away in a trash can. Clean out your coffeemaker using soap and warm water. You may also want to clean out any reusable filters. 

When you're done cleaning, allow your coffeemaker to air dry thoroughly before putting it back into storage. Also, be sure to wipe down your counters and appliances if they have come into contact with coffee grounds. 


You might be surprised by how easy it is to create a delicious cup of pour-over coffee right in your kitchen. By using a few standard household tools and some simple techniques, you'll find yourself drinking high-quality cups of pour-over coffee with minimal effort and fuss.

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