At GROSCHE, one of our favorite brewing methods is a pour over coffee maker. Many coffee enthusiasts agree that a pour overs can make some of the best tasting coffee. Because of the ability to control the entire brewing process, you can personalize your cup and get the full flavor from your favorite coffee. In this guide, we have collected 5 tips to make the best pour over coffee.
Pour over coffee makers tend to produce a lighter and smoother flavor compared to that of a French press.
1. Use fresh coarse ground coffee
The difference between fresh grinds or pre-ground coffee can either make or break the taste. Coffee goes stale quite quickly when it’s exposed to light and oxygen.
The best advice is to choose high-quality coffee beans and grind them to medium coarseness right before the brew. Doing so will make the best pour over coffee. As always, we suggest using a good quality burr grinder like the BREMEN. This will ensure a consistent grind and even extraction.
2. Experiment with the coffee to water ratio
The pour over coffee ratio is another very important factors that will determine whether or not your coffee is going to be good or not. We suggest starting with 2-3 tablespoons per one 12 oz cup. If you want to be really precise, you can measure your coffee with a digital scale.
23 grams of coffee for 12 oz, and 30 grams of coffee for a 16 oz cup work best in our opinion. Depending on how you like your coffee, this can vary. Try out different ratios to find which is best suited to your liking. You can also control the flavor with the pour speed in your pour over kettle.
3. Control the water quality and temperature
Whats the right temperature for pour over coffee? The water you use plays a big role in the overall coffee quality. Using thoroughly filtered fresh, unboiled water and heating it to 195-200 degrees Fahrenheit usually makes the best tasting coffee. If you don’t have a kettle that let’s you set the temperature, simply wait for 1 minute after your water has come to a boil. Boiling water can scorch the coffee beans over-extracting bitterness, which can mask the flavor notes in the coffee bean.
Having cleaner, filtered water and setting it to the right temperature promotes a faster, more efficient, and a tastier brew.
4. Use a pour over kettle
A pour over kettle (also called a goose neck kettle) is another essential tool for a great brew. These specialized kettles have a unique spout that has a controlled flow rate and allows you to direct the water as it pours out. This is fundamental for getting full ground coverage.Our favorite is the Marrakesh Gooseneck Pour over kettle.
5. Optimize the brew time
For dark roast coffee, your total brew time should be around 2-3 minutes. For light to medium roast coffee, the targeted brew time is 3-4 minutes including the drip time after you’ve poured the water.
We hope these 5 tips help you to brew the best pour over coffee you have ever tasted. Do you have any secret tips and advice that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments.
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