The pourover is synonymous with high-end, craft coffee shops around the globe, but many coffee enthusiasts have realized they don’t have to pay a bundle for a quality cup of pourover coffee. Making pourover coffee is an art form, but with the proper tools and a few tips, you’ll be swirling water through coffee grounds like a barista before you know it.
Pour a Cup of History:
It all started in 1908, when Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz was unsatisfied with her coffee. Her stovetop percolator was producing a morning pick-me-up with a bitter, over extracted flavor. So, She set to work experimenting with different ways to brew. With some blotting paper from her son’s school book and a brass pot punctured with a nail, she created the first prototype for the pourover brewers we know today. Thrilled with the delicious outcome, Melitta decided to share her invention with the public.
The Melitta pourover started to gain in popularity in the 1930s, and by the 1950s, the cone shaped design that we know and love was a huge hit. Today pourover brewers come in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials. You even have options when it comes to their filters, depending on whether you want disposable paper, reusable cloth, or even stainless steel.
When compared to other coffee makers, pourover brings out superior flavors because of the slower, more controlled brewing process. While the brewing process is a bit more nuanced and precise than some other coffee makers, it’s not rocket surgery. You can do this.
How to Brew:
The main things to remember are:
Rinse your filter before adding coffee.
Bloom the grinds with a bit of hot water before extracting.
Pour the water slowly and steadily in a circular motion.
A pourover kettle with a narrow neck helps control the flow of water.
Watch the video below to learn all the steps and see the process in action, but please don’t be intimidated. Practice makes perfect! Even if you don’t do it exactly perfectly the first time though, the coffee will still taste great.