Continuing the ‘5 Videos’ series, today is the turn of the pour over coffee maker (also known as manual filter or manual drip coffee maker). Pour overs are a great way to make really tasty coffee cheaply, which is part of the reason why they’ve become popular again in recent years.
Brewing with a pour over coffee maker is a tricky technique to master, partly because you have to alter your method slightly when brewing for different volumes of coffee – smaller volumes require a finer grind and/or slower pour rate than larger volumes. Because of its finicky nature there’s lots of conflicting advice (pour near the edge / don’t pour near the edge) on how to brew. But at the end of the day, most of it doesn’t really matter. The best advice is to experiment for yourself and find what works for you.
For consistent results you need to accurately measure, so we strongly recommend getting a set of electronic scales to weight both the amount of coffee and water. Its also worth investing in a specialist pour over kettle like this Hario one, although they’re not essential.