Overview of Pour-Over Brewing

Most coffee is brewed in a machine, which is understandable considering that people who make coffee at home have some version of an auto-drip device. Although most coffee found in restaurants and cafés is made in a machine, there are many other options out there. Often times these options allow for a higher quality brew, particularly if the person who makes the drink is aware of brewing standards. These standards require that water temperature must be anywhere between 195-205° F and that the ratio of coffee to water be two tablespoons of coffee per every six ounces of water.

Pour-over coffee brewing happens to be one of the more convenient ways of brewing coffee outside of a coffee maker. A pour-over system can come in many shapes and sizes, but all pour-over systems share a few common characteristics. They include a filter typically made of paper, a support device, and a nozzle or hole that allows the coffee to drip in to a container. Many of these systems do accommodate more than one cup of coffee, but the vast majority are constructed for single cup brewing. The main reason for this is that a user of a pour-over method is likely more concerned with quality over mass production, and that quality requires freshness as a component.

Now, you may ask yourself, how is this going to make the brewing process easier? The answer is simple. When you desire a cup of coffee, all you have to do is place a pour over support system over your mug. These are typically just a piece of plastic with a cradle that supports the filter on top. Next, place a filter in the cone and fill with the desired amount of coffee. You might consider pre-wetting the filter itself. Pour hot water (195-205° F) over the grounds evenly, let it steep for around 4-5 minutes and voilà, your coffee is ready! Of course you cannot preset your pour-over filter to work for you, but it is much faster than a typical machine, and the quality is unparalleled. The temperature of the water is much easier to monitor and the price of a typical filter system rarely exceeds twenty dollars. A pour-over system weighs very little, and the cleanup is a breeze. Convenience and mass production makes auto-drip brewers popular, however, when you can offer a customer a truly handcrafted cup, the pour-over method is highly recommended. However, a large auto-drip at your local diner can serve hundreds of customers each day, and a pour-over method simply cannot compete at that level.

The purpose of the pour-over is to deliver a remarkable cup of coffee without all of the bells and whistles. The convenience factor is hard to argue with even though the filter doesn’t have a clock radio built in. Sometimes simple is simply better, and in the case of the pour-over method you can’t get much simpler.

Reid Jackson
Stockton Graham & Co.