Making Your Own Pour Over Coffee
Pour over coffee has become awfully chic in the last year and half. Two years ago no one even knew what a pour over bar was – even a lot of baristas that I met and worked with weren’t familiar with the strange brewing method, or the equipment associated with it. Not anymore, though. Most cafes and espresso bars worth their salt offer a pour over bar where you can order a single cup of coffee that is made to order with freshly ground coffee and served to you immediately.
If you haven’t tried a cup of pour over coffee – you need to. For such a simple method with such rudimentary technology behind it, the finished product is incredible.
So amazing, in fact, that as a proponent of non-stop ‘home coffee barista madness’ I felt it was my responsibility to try this stuff at home. So I emailed a few of my closer colleagues in the specialty coffee community to find out what was what and which device was the absolute best for a beginner at making pour over.
I got a couple recommendations – so, being the objective home barista that I am, I ordered them both.
This was definitely the more ‘branded’ and recognizable of the two. It was invented by a chemist, makes between 4 and 12 cups depending on which you order (I ordered the 6 cup, which I think makes the perfect amount of coffee), and extracts coffee beans thoroughly without leaving any hints of bitterness.
I will admit, the Chemex has a little more to it and requires a few practice bouts before you make delectable java in it. At least my cat and I made two pots that were extremely weak before we got our coffee to water ratio right. But it was worth it – the Chemex, for being under $40, offers a fantastic brew of pour over coffee. It is comparable to any commercial pour over bars, in fact a lot of espresso bars use the Chemex.
It was worth the money, I’m glad it was recommended to me, and I use it almost every day. However, it is not my favorite.
The Hario v60
This ceramic dripper cost me $20 and is worth its weight in gold. It’s simpler than the Chemex, you set it on top of a coffee mug, put a filter full of coffee grounds in it, and just pour the hot water.
When the water is finished dripping through, you pull the Hario off and the mug is ready to be enjoyed. In functionality it is more similar to a ‘long pour over bar’, which some cafes subscribe to (where a wooden bar with pour over cones are lined up, so that several cups of pour over coffee can be made at the same time).
I cannot stress this enough, here and on my own blog, the first time we made pour over coffee with a Hario v60 it came out perfectly. In all my years in specialty coffee I have never made a perfect cup of coffee my first time using a new brew method.
That was all it took for me to fall in love with the Hario v60 o2 dripper. I think it will always be my favorite.
Get Yourself One
Pretty self explanatory, my friends, if you aren’t drinking pour over coffee at home – you should be. It’s really inexpensive, pretty fun to make, and produces some of the most phenomenally extracted java you will ever taste.
Try it out.
My name is Peter. My cat, Cicero, and I blog on our ‘home coffee barista madness’ at project vvlgar. Check it out, and join in the fun.