Coffee Knowledge

The Science of Pour Over Coffee

A set-by-step guide

As coffee continues to skyrocket in popularity, brewers are trying to edge out the competition by brewing the best cup.

As a result, different brew methods have evolved, which by design produce a different reaction in the coffee when brewed.  One of these methods is pour over coffee.

What is pour-over?

Pour-over coffee simply refers to coffee that is brewed by pouring hot water over coffee grounds in a filter.  The hot water is then allowed to drip through he grounds into a carafe.  The result is a delicious clean cup of coffee.

This method is also sometimes referred to as hand brewing or manual brewing.  This coffee brewing methods was actually invented back in 1908.  The inventor was a German entrepreneur named Melitta Bentz. However, it has fallen from grace when the French press method came on the scene.  Don’t overlook it too soon as it has had it’s resurgence in popularity over recent years.

Why do people choose this method?

You may be wondering why people would choose this method of brewing over others?  It is because this method of brewing coffee highlights the flavour of the coffee, giving it a greater depth of flavour, especially when it comes to single-origin coffees.

Pour over coffee does take a bit of effort to produce, with each cup taking about four minutes to brew.  However, for a true coffee lover, it’s a fun process because each step is very controlled allowing you to experiment along the way. Those who find most blends of coffee to be too bitter will enjoy a cup of pour over coffee.  This is because the process eliminates much of the bitter taste.

If you don’t wish to invest the time in brewing pour over coffee yourself, you can still enjoy it by seeking out cafes that make their coffee this way.

After all, with the brewing boom well underway and the race to make the best cup, the clear winner is the customer!

Read on for instructions on how to make pour over coffee.


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