Brewing 101: How to Make Perfect Pour-Over Coffee at Home.

Pour-over coffee is a simple and classic brewing method that can deliver a rich and flavorful cup of coffee. If you're new to pour-over coffee, don't worry - with a few simple steps and the right equipment, you can brew a perfect cup of coffee in no time. Here's how to do it:

1. Choose Your Equipment

To make pour-over coffee, you'll need a few basic tools:

  • A pour-over brewer (such as a Hario V60, Chemex, or Kalita Wave)
  • A paper filter that fits your brewer
  • Freshly roasted coffee beans (use 15-17 grams of coffee for every 250ml of water) 
  • A coffee grinder
  • A kettle for boiling water
  • A timer and a scale (optional, but recommended for precision)

2. Grind Your Coffee

Grind your coffee beans to a medium-fine consistency - similar to table salt. Use a scale to measure the coffee and water in grams for consistency. For a 12 oz (350 ml) cup of coffee, you'll need around 25-30 grams of coffee.

3. Prepare Your Filter & Brewer

Place your paper filter in your brewer and rinse it with hot water to remove any papery taste and to preheat the brewer. Discard the water from the brewer.

4. Add Your Coffee Grounds

Add your ground coffee to the filter and gently tap the side of the filter holder or shake it to level the grounds.

5. Pour Your Water

Boil your water and let it cool for a minute or two to about 200-205°F (93-96°C). Start pouring the water slowly and evenly over the coffee grounds, starting from the center and moving outward in a circular motion. Pour just enough water to wet all the grounds, and wait for about 30 seconds to allow the coffee to bloom - this is when the coffee releases trapped gases and expands. Continue pouring in a steady stream, aiming for the center of the coffee bed and keeping the water level consistent. Aim for a total brew time of around 2-3 minutes.

6. Enjoy Your Perfect Cup of Pour-over Coffee

Once the coffee has finished brewing, remove the filter and pour your freshly brewed coffee into your favorite mug. Take a sip, savor the flavors, and enjoy your perfect pour-over coffee.

With a little practice and experimentation, you can fine-tune your pour-over coffee technique to suit your tastes and preferences. Try different coffee beans, water temperatures, and pouring techniques to find the perfect balance of flavors and aromas. Happy brewing!

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