Pour Over Brewing Guide

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The pour over method,  where hot water is poured over the coffee and is in short contact with the grinds.

Drawing a comparison to photography, think of the pour over method like you're shooting a macro of coffee beans up close in lots of light with a low aperture lens. 

The short exposure period of this method allows you to capture all the delicate flavors of the coffee in your cup.  Perfect for enjoying a coffee with light floral notes.

What you need:

1. Pour Over Brewer

2. Paper Filters (Cone or Flat-bottom)

3. Kettle

4. Filtered Water (350g = 350mL)

5. Medium Ground Coffee (21g)

6. Coffee Mug

7. Scale (Optional)

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Let's Get Started!

Step 1: Boil Water

You'll need hot, but not quite boiling water.  We recommend using water in the range of 190-200f (88-93c).  To achieve this you can heat the water until you get some small bubbles at the bottom of the kettle.  Don't worry if you reach full boil just let the kettle sit for a few minutes to cool.  Using water that's too hot can result in over extraction leading to bitter flavor.

Step 2: Add your Filter & Coffee Grounds

With the pour over sitting on top of your mug go ahead and add your filter.  If you're using a scale here, put your mug & pour over on the scale then add grinds.  Depending on the type of filter you're using you may have an additional step here.  If you've got a cone filter, you'll need to fold both ends in opposite directions to create a flat bottom.  The flat bottom helps with even flow of water. 

Step 5: Bloom

Once you've got those beans in your filter it's time to get this brew started!  In this step pour a little bit of water from your kettle.  Start in the center and slowly expand in concentric circles to moisten the grinds.  Don't dump in the whole kettle at this point, but make sure to wet all the grinds.  You may see some bubbles forming and your grinds swelling up with water.  Don't worry, this is perfectly normal.  The extraction process is starting and is going to lead to a great cup.  Let this sit for 60 seconds.

Step 6: Finish the Pour

After blooming, pour the remainder of the water over the grinds in a concentric circles to finish the brew.  

Step 7: Let it Drip

Now we wait, but not too long!  Be sure to keep an eye on the coffee as it drips.  You don't want to wait too long or you'll get some bitter notes to the brew.  This should take 2:30 - 3:30 minutes.

Step 8: Enjoy!!

Our favorite part...Remove the brewer and enjoy!

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