Welcome to our awesome and in-depth guide to pour-over coffee. In this article, we’re going to be diving into the history of coffee, explaining how best to prepare pour-over coffee, the different utensils and accessories you’ll need to make the perfect cup, and much more.
Coffee is universally loved and is a drink which is enjoyed all around the world - but do you really know as much as you think you do about the pour-over technique and all of the other methods that can be used to brew this tasty beverage?
If you love drinking coffee, you’re going to want to take a look at our expert tips and in-depth guide. Let’s dive right into the first section where we’ll be explaining how exactly coffee drinking became so popular and where it all first started.
In terms of credible and reliable evidence, coffee first originated in Southern Arabia in what is now known as Yemen. The coffee seeds themselves were imported from East Africa, which was once the only place they could be found. Traders from Yemen brought it back with them in the 15th century and began brewing what we now know as coffee.
From Yemen, coffee drinking spread throughout nearby countries, such as; North Africa, Turkey, and Persia. Once Middle Eastern countries began trading with Italy, it didn’t take long for the whole of Europe to adopt this new drink.
There is a lot of written evidence about these early days of coffee trade and how fast it became a popular beverage for many. It did not, however, become instantly successful in North America once global shipping companies started importing it.
It took a little longer (and the British cutting off tea supplies after the War of 1812) for the USA to come to love coffee. Because so many countries have fallen in love with coffee over the years, there are dozens (if not hundreds) of ways that the drink can be prepared, brewed, and consumed.
Whether it’s prepared in a traditional Japanese connaisseur drip-fashion or made on a Norwegian mountainside (with an added egg to help filter and coat the grains), coffee is accepted and adored all around the world.
We’ll take a look at the wide variety of brewing methods a little later on in this guide. First, though, let’s see how coffee is generally roasted, ground, brewed, and extracted - as this is a common process which the vast majority of methods employ.
If you want to make the perfect coffee, it’s important to understand each step in the process. Although you might not choose to roast and grind the beans yourself, you’ll still gain valuable insight into how and why it’s done.
Here are the four main steps to making yourself a beautiful cup of coffee:
In the next section, let’s explore one of the most common methods of making coffee and see how it originated. We’re talking, of course, about pour-over coffee.
We’ve explained where coffee came from and how it’s prepared - but what are the origins of pour-over coffee and how exactly does it work? As we’re sure you know, it’s one of the most popular methods of coffee brewing because of how simple and clean it is.
This particular method of preparing coffee basically involves pouring hot water through a filter (usually a paper cone). The cone is filled with coffee grounds and as the water passes through the grounds and the filter it acquires that special coffee taste and colour.
This method dates back to 1908, where a woman named Melitta Bentz came up with the paper filters and process that has made pour-over coffee such a widely-accepted and loved technique. It’s simple, elegant, easy to clean afterwards (you can simply throw away disposable filters and grounds in one go), and tastes amazing.
Over the years, different methods and techniques have combined and various scientific studies have helped determine the best ways to prepare coffee and what exactly can affect the taste. Filtered coffee has remained the top dog this whole time.
Let’s take a look at a few other methods of preparing coffee that have proved to be quite popular over the years.
Here are a few of the different methods for brewing coffee. We don’t have room to name each and every technique (that’d take years) but most methods fall under one of these four umbrella terms:
It’s interesting to learn about new techniques you might not have known about. We hope that this section provided you with a little context to terminology you might have heard thrown around your local coffee shop.
Despite there being so many options, the most common method of making coffee is definitely the pour-over technique - but why? Let’s explore what makes it stand out above the rest in the next section.
There are several reasons the vast majority of people prefer a well-made pour-over coffee to some of the other methods listed above. The main reason would probably be just how easy it is to make a good pour-over coffee in no time at all.
When using a filter, there is hardly any mess to clean up at all. The filter is thrown out (if it’s made of paper and disposable) or cleaned (if it’s a reusable, solid filter). No machines have to be taken apart and nothing has to be scraped out.
It’s also an extremely intuitive process and one which many people find to be simpler than the more complicated and tedious methods that have been developed over the years. Placing a filter in a brew cone isn’t exactly rocket science.
In its most basic form, pour-over coffee requires very little prep and minimal equipment. If you grab a pack of filters then you’re pretty much already halfway there. It is possible to hone your technique with a variety of utensils and equipment, though.
Here’s a list of a few of the utensils you might need to use if you’re considering switching to pour-over coffee:
In these next two sections, we’re going to compare two different methods and take a look at how they stack up against each other. First, however, let’s take a look at the difference between hot brew and cold brew coffee.
As you can probably guess from the names, the difference between hot brew and cold brew coffee is temperature. Specifically, the temperature of the water you use to brew your coffee.
We love a good cold coffee every now and again but hot brew takes the crown for sure. Now that you know the difference between hot brew and cold brew (and what we prefer), what’s the difference between the French press and pour-over methods of coffee brewing?
As two of the most popular methods of brewing coffee, the French press and pour-over method have long shared a rivalry of sorts. We think it’s about time someone pitted them head-to-head and said which was better, don’t you?
If you can’t already tell from what we’ve previously written, pour-over coffee is the clear winner for us. French press coffee is great if you love a strong taste - but not having to clean up afterwards (and keeping a smooth flavor) is the dealbreaker for us.
But how do you go about making the perfect pour-over coffee?
To you, it might just be a convenient way to keep yourself going through the day - to certain people, however, pour-over coffee is an artform. Knowing how to brew the perfect pour-over coffee requires precise control and knowledge about the exact process.
Check out some of our top tips below to find out how you can make sure every single cup is perfect:
These are just three tips which can help you make a pour-over coffee that tastes amazing, looks good, and is consistently flavorful. Keep on reading to discover even more ways to hone your coffee-brewing experience and create something you can truly be proud of.
Like any preparation technique, you can find an absolute goldmine of accessories out there to make your coffee drinking experience even easier and more pleasant. Here are just a few pour-over coffee accessories you can get your hands on if you want to ensure you make the perfect cup:
These are super simple and not exactly the most high-tech of items. It’s basically just a big glass jug that you can filter your coffee into instead of a mug. Perfect for those of us who prefer pre-brewing a few cups’ worths for those busy mornings. You can even get carafes with built-in brew cones.
Yes, you’re probably wondering why this is on the list. If you’re serious about good coffee you’re going to want to invest in a new kettle, though. Smart kettles can maintain the perfect temperature for your water and “gooseneck” kettles allow you to pour in a slow and circular fashion. Both are great choices for taking your pour-over coffee to the next level.
If you want to ensure your coffee is consistent each and every day, then a simple measuring spoon just won’t cut it. Ensure each cup is exactly the same by grabbing a set of digital scales and weighing your grounds before placing in the filter.
If you fancy yourself a connoisseur of coffee, you might want to grind up your own coffee beans every morning. Coffee grinders can be purchased fairly cheap nowadays and they come with a whole host of features and tech. You’ll be able to choose just what size you want your ground coffee to be to fit your taste.
Obviously, there are many more pour-over coffee accessories out there to be discovered. If this is your first time exploring this new world, though, we know you won’t want to be overloaded with information and product names.
So, we’ve reached the end of our awesome guide to pour-over coffee. If you’ve read this far then you’re probably already a big coffee drinking fan and maybe you wanted to know more about pour-over coffee. If so, what do you think of it? Ready to become a convert?
Using the pour-over method is guaranteed to give you a gorgeous cup of coffee every time. It’s quicker than many of the other techniques out there and involves a whole lot less hassle, mess, and cost. Plus, starting off, all you really need is a cup, filters, a brew cone, hot water, and coffee - it’s simple.
What’s great about pour-over coffee, though, is that you CAN get complicated if you so desire. You can grab a bunch of fancy coffee gear and automatic coffeemakers. You can create your own rituals and make it a true experience.
It’s all up to you how you consume your coffee and the pour-over technique allows you to do as little or as much as you desire. Enjoy your brewing!