The pour over brewing method is an ideal way to brew coffee. It’s a simple, easy method that gives you complete control over every step of the process. You can make it as simple as adding hot water to your grounds or get fancier and use different types of filters for different flavours.

Pour over coffee

What is the pour over brewing method?

Pour over coffee is a manual brewing process that produces a single cup of coffee at a time. It consists in pouring hot water over ground coffee in a filter cone or “dripper” to extract the maximum amount of flavour from the beans.

Pour over brewing method

The pour over method (also called the V60 method) has become increasingly popular in recent years as more consumers are looking for ways to make their morning cup of joe more artisanal and less automated.

For pour over coffee, you’ll need:

  • Coffee beans (preferably freshly roasted)
  • A filter cone and filter paper
  • A kettle or other hot water source (like a French press)
  • A scale or measuring cup to measure out your desired amount of water and grounds
  • Pour over machine

Pour over coffee

You’ll also want something called a burr grinder (sometimes called an “espresso” grinder), which is specially designed for grinding coffee beans into smaller pieces than regular electric grinders do (this is important).

Burr coffee grinder

If you don’t have one yet and want to make pour over coffee at home without spending too much money on tools for now—don’t worry about getting one right away! Just use whatever kind of grinder has been working well for making drip coffee in the past; we’ll eventually get those grounds broken down enough so everything works out great in later steps anyway.

Coffee grinders

How do you make a pour over coffee properly?

There are a few steps to making a pour over coffee, but they’re easy to follow and will result in a delicious cup of joe.

  • Boil the water on the stove in a kettle. The water should be heated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit before being poured into your coffee filter.
  • Place your coffee grounds inside of the filter and put it into your pour over device. Fill up your mug with hot tap water so that it’s at least half full of liquid; this helps keep the temperature consistent throughout each cup as you brew more cups of coffee later.
  • Start pouring your hot water slowly over the grounds until all of them have been saturated with liquid—this process should take about two minutes for each pour! Be sure not to get any overflow or spillage onto yourself or anything around because burning hot water will cause serious injuries when spilt onto unprotected skin!
  • After letting all that deliciousness settle down for another minute or so (depending on how strong you like yours), remove everything from its place and enjoy!

Pour over brewing method

How do you use a pour over kettle?

You’ll need a kettle or pot with a spout, like the ones in your kitchen. These are usually round and have handles on either side so you can pour water out of them. You can use any kind of kettle or pot, but some things might work better than others depending on how much coffee you’re making. For example, if you’re only making one cup at a time, then using a bigger pot may mean wasting some of the water because it won’t all be absorbed by your grounds.


The adequate grind size

You’re probably wondering, “How do I know if my coffee grounds are the right size?”

The answer is simple—they should be coarse and even. And not too fine or too coarse. If you want to get technical about it, the grind size for pour over coffee should be somewhere around 20-30 microns (or “finely ground grains of sand”). This measurement will vary based on how strong or weak you like your brews, but generally speaking, 20-30 micron grounds will give you a consistent brew time while still allowing some room for error when pouring water over them.

Grind size

How to clean your pour over system properly

  • First, start by rinsing out all pieces of your pour over system with hot water. This will help remove any loose grounds or oils from the previous brew.
  • Then, fill up your sink with hot water and add one teaspoon of vinegar for every cup of water in your system. Soak all pieces of your pour over system for 20 minutes.
  • After soaking, rinse each piece thoroughly with hot water—you’ll notice a lot of brown residues come off during this step!
  • Once everything is rinsed off, allow all pieces to air dry completely before putting them back together again and storing them away until the next use.

Cleaned glass filters

Who makes the best pour over coffee maker?

Although there are many brands that make pour over coffee makers, some of the best are made by Hario, Chemex and Melitta. These companies produce pour over coffee makers that are easy to use and produce great results with minimal effort.

Pour over models

Some quick tips

In order to make the best pour over coffee, you’ll also want to use the following equipment:

  • A scale. It may seem like a simple step, but using a scale will help ensure that you get the same amount of coffee every time.
  • Timer. You also want to use a timer so that your brew doesn’t go on too long and become bitter or too short and under-extracted. The ideal extraction time for filter coffee is 3 minutes at 205-208 degrees Fahrenheit (96 – 100 degrees Celsius). The actual brewing process takes about 2 minutes, so leave yourself enough time to let it sit in the hot water before pouring over into your cup or carafe with some room temperature water added in at the end if needed.
  • Paper filters – avoid metal filters since they can affect flavour and cause an unpleasant metallic taste when brewing though these are more often used with espresso machines due to their ability to hold back finer grounds than paper ones do which could otherwise clog up machines but aren’t necessary here because we’re not trying anything fancy yet anyway!

Pour over equipment

Which coffee filter is the best for pour over system?

The most common filter for pour over coffee is paper. In fact, it’s so common that many people think that pour over coffee requires a paper filter only. However, there are other options out there.

Pour over coffee filter

Paper filters are the most popular choice because they’re cheap and easy to find in grocery stores and coffee shops alike (or you can order them online). They also allow a lot of oils through while still filtering out sediment and any other impurities found in your water source (like chlorine or bacteria) which is why they’re so popular among many different brewing methods including drip brewing methods like a French press or percolator pots.

Melitta filters

Paper filters are usually reusable if you want to save money on buying new ones every time but if you’re looking for something more environmentally friendly then try using cloths instead! Cloth filters offer some unique benefits over paper ones like being able to remove more chemicals from your brew without sacrificing flavour or aroma because they leave behind less residue when making their way through the grounds before reaching their destination inside your cup! This means less waste going down into landfills as well–yay!

Pour over brewing method pros and cons

The pros of this method include:

  • Tastes better than regular drip coffee
  • Easy cleanup process
  • Can make one cup at a time, or multiple cups if you want them (great for entertaining!)

The cons are:

  • Takes longer than other methods (about 4 minutes per cup)

Making pour over coffee

The pour over method is simple, easy to do and can be quite enjoyable. When it comes to the taste of the coffee you get, this process makes your brew less acidic than other methods. This means that your coffee won’t have that “burn” feeling in your throat when you drink it—giving you a smoother-tasting cup of joe overall.

Pouring over specialty coffee

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something more bitter and robust (or with more caffeine), then this method may not be for you.

Pour over coffee history

The pour over coffee method is one of the oldest ways to brew coffee, and it’s still very popular today.

Pour over history

Invented in 1908 by Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyu, the pour over method was originally used for brewing green tea. The process involves heating water to a specific temperature, pouring it over ground beans that have been placed in a filter, and then letting it sit for a predetermined amount of time before pouring out the finished product. Because of its simplicity and the fact that it doesn’t require electricity or a lot of equipment, this method is still very popular today—especially among coffee aficionados who want to take full control over their brews.

Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyu


Pour over coffee makers come in a range of sizes, from single-cup to full pots. They can be made of plastic, glass, or ceramic and come with various features like filters, lids and spouts. Some pour over coffee makers are designed for other uses besides brewing coffee; for example, an electric kettle might also be able to function as a water heater for tea or hot chocolate.

Pouring over all over the place

The pour over coffee system is a glass carafe with a wooden collar, which is designed to fit on top of your coffee pot. The wooden collar has a hole in the middle that allows you to place a filter inside it. The filter sits on top of the metal mesh filter holder, which is attached to the bottom of the metal carafe. This is also where you place your ground coffee beans.

Ground coffee

The metal mesh filter holder has an opening at its centre, which allows you to pour water into it after placing it on top of the ground coffee beans. Once filled with water, you can turn over the metal mesh filter holder and place it back on top of the metal carafe. Then you turn over the wooden collar and place it back on top of both parts—this allows for drainage through gravity as well as filtering through paper filters or cloth ones.

Filter coffee

Interesting fact: The first patent for a drip-brewing device was issued in 1908 by inventor Melitta Bentz (yes, that’s right—she’s also known as Aunt Mel). Her design was based on the hankotai, and she improved it by adding filters and using paper instead of cloth. Her machine became popular in Europe and North America because of its ease of use and ability to make several cups at once without burning them all (which was especially important during World War II).

melitta bentz coffee pour over original

Pour over coffee maker’s durability

The pour over coffee maker is a convenient, easy-to-use and durable method for making the best-tasting coffee. It’s great for beginners and experts alike!

  • Durable – If you choose a trusted pour over coffee maker producer (which you better do), they will last you a long time.
  • Easy to use – All that is required in order to use this product is some hot water, coffee beans (or grounds), and a filter basket. There are also several different filters available if you want something more exotic or flavorful in your drink.
  • Great results – You can expect great results when using this method because of the short brewing time and amount of control that comes with it compared to other methods such as drip machines or French press pots where there isn’t much variation in how long they take depending on temperature variations between batches.

Hario pour overs

Chemex vs. Hario pour over coffee system

The Chemex and Hario pour over coffee systems are both popular choices for coffee lovers looking to brew their own coffee at home. But which one is right for you?

Chemex vs. Hario pour over: Which is better?

The Chemex system is a manual brewer that uses a paper filter to strain the ground beans from their brewed coffee, which then drains into your cup or carafe. The Chemex is small and portable, which makes it great for use at home or on the go. It’s also easy to clean and maintain, with no complicated parts that need to be disassembled or cleaned.

Chemex illustration

The Hario pour over system also uses a paper filter but has a unique design that allows for more control over your brew than other pour over systems. Instead of using one or two hands as other systems do, this one lets you use three fingers so that you can keep track of how much water you’re pouring in and make sure it’s being soaked up evenly by all of the grounds.

Hario pour over

Both systems have many fans in their camp, so it’s really up to what feels right for you as an individual!

Are Chemex filters different from other pour over filters?

Chemex filters are thicker than other pour over filters. They’re also not reusable, so you’ll have to purchase at least one new filter for each brew session.

Chemex filters

These two qualities add up to make the Chemex filter more expensive than other pour over filters; a box of 100 filters will run you around $10 while a similar amount of Hario or Konec paper filters costs less than $7.

Chemex filter

The main difference between the two materials is that as these types of paper get more and more saturated with coffee oils and solids, they become increasingly difficult to remove from the bottom chamber without tearing them apart in clumps (or causing giant messes).

Chemex coffee

That’s why it’s recommended that you dump out your used Chemex filter before pouring water into it again—if you don’t do this step correctly, then all those oils will just get transferred back into your cup!


Pour over coffee is a great way to make a cup of joe. It’s convenient, easy to use and produces great results! You don’t need any fancy equipment for this method either; just add water into your pour over system, grind your coffee beans and brew it as you normally would.


Pour over coffee makers can be used with different types of filters depending on what kind of flavour profile you want out of your brews. If you want more information about how pour over works then check out our Pour Over Brewing How-To article!

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