New Year, New Brew: The Beginner’s Guide to Pour Over
January 12, 2018
This is two of four of a series on trying different brew methods in the New Year.
Pour over may seem complicated, but it’s actually as easy and approachable as it sounds: You simply pour hot water over coffee grounds.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
1. Dripper or Drip Decanter
There are all kinds of these on the market, ones that have been tested time and time again, like the Bee House Dripper and Chemex.
I personally use the Hario V60 Drip Decanter at home—my hands fit well around the neck of it and when I’m done, I empty my grounds and throw the whole thing in the dishwasher.
You’ll need a coarse grind, coarse like sea salt. You can brew all coffee as pour over, but I personally like it for more complex coffees, like ones from our Niche Collection. Subtle nuances in delicate coffees are best highlighted with this brew method.
3. Hot water kettle
Either stove top or electric works!
You’ll certainly welcome to use one, especially when you are first getting started and want to dial your coffee in to your preference. It’s great for consistency, but it’s not necessary.
How to Brew:
Grind your coffee and place in filter.
Pro tip: Pre-wet your filter to rid of paper taste
How much coffee to use? A good place to start is 60 grams for every liter of water. For my Hario V60, I brew this ratio: 44 grams of coffee to 700 grams of water. This is my preference. Experiment and adjust to the taste that you like!
Slowly pour hot water over the grounds. Wait for the bloom (just like the French press brew method) and then slowly continue. Keep brewing until you’ve reached the desired volume.
Serve and enjoy! Soooo simple!
New Year, New Brew: A Guide to Brewing with French Press
January 4, 2017
This is one of four of a series on trying different brew methods in the new year.
For the first, we will talk about how to brew with French Press.
This is an easy brew method, a great first step away from the drip brew method. You will need a French Press. We recommend the Le Creuset French Press— we actually love it so much that we wrote a brew guide for their team.
If you prefer a glass French Press however, no worries, just make sure that the glass is heat proof. Some cheaper models don’t invest in quality glass and risk the whole thing cracking when you pour in the hot water.
So let’s get started.
Preheat the French press by pouring hot water into it.
Note: if you use the Le Creuset French Press, you can skip this step. The ceramic retains heat.
Grind and add your coffee. You’ll need a coarse even grind for French press, so grind as coarse as breadcrumbs.
How much coffee to use? It depends on the size of your French press. For 3-cup, try 19g; 4-cup, 38g; 8-cup 53g; 12-cup, 88g. These are good starting points; you’ll want to adjust based on personal preference.
Add your hot water. Add just under boiling water, and pour slowly. The coffee will bloom, meaning that as carbon dioxide rises out of the beans, the coffee will momentarily expand. It’s quite pretty to watch, so pause and take a deep breath and enjoy. Wait a moment and then continue slowly pouring in the coffee. If needed, you can first give it a gentle stir to break the crust—aka the coffee that has risen to the top during the bloom.
Don’t plunge—wait a minute. And another minute. And another and another. We recommend waiting four minutes before you plunge, but again it depends on your personal preference and with the coffee you chose to brew. If you like a stronger coffee, give it more time. Less body? Cut the brew time.
Plunge, serve, and enjoy! Coffee will continue brewing in the French press, so if you have some left, pour into a carafe to enjoy after your first cup.
Congratulations! Now you’ve learned to brew in a French press. Clean up is easy—add a little water to the grounds, give it a good swirl and empty into the trash or compost bin and you're done.