How to brew the perfect Pour-Over Filter Coffee
You will need -
- A pour-over drip filter holder of your choice, we use a Hario V60
- New filter paper
- Fresh ground coffee 30g per 500ml of water
- Fresh filtered water
- Gram scales
A pour-over filter coffee comes with a whole myriad of names usually referring to the manufacturer or device used to brew this very simple but highly delicious type of coffee. Hario V60, Chemex, Kalita are all different types of products devised to allow us to put ground coffee into a filter paper and pour hot water through it to make your morning brew. At Cast Iron Coffee Roasters we use and supply the Hario V60 range from Japan.
1. Bring your filtered water to the boil, place a filter paper in the holder and rinse the paper with a small amount of the water to avoid any paper taste. Pour away the waste water used.
2. Weigh out the correct amount of coffee and grind. The grind should be coarse, similar to table salt. We recommend 30g per 500g of coffee (enough for 2) but this is just a guide and should be amended to taste.
3. Put the coffee into the filter and give a quick tap to ensure an even flat bed.
4. Start your timer and gently pour double the weight of water for your amount of coffee (i.e. pour 60g of water if you have used 30g of coffee). Ensure an even distribution and allow the coffee to ‘bloom’ for 30 seconds.
5. Carefully pour over the remaining water in 2 or 3 goes to control total brewing time, aim for around 3 minutes. Try and pour gently in increasing concentric circles from the centre. There is great online debate whether it is best to pour in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. Avoid people who have an opinion on the matter at parties*
6. Serve and enjoy your coffee, it really is that simple !
I’ll hold my hand up here and admit that pour-over coffee is my favourite way to prepare coffee. It is incredibly easy, the equipment required is cheap, robust and portable. Its perfect to make at home or out and about on picnics, on a boat or your VW Campervan. Also the used filter and grounds are clean and easy to dispose of and are readily compostable. Best of all though, is the quality of the coffee, you get a really clean cup which highlight the whole range of flavours.
*anti-clockwise is best, obviously …