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How to Make Pour-Over Coffee

Apr 29

When it comes to coffee, you want a smooth, rich, full-bodied flavor. Pour-over coffee will give you that experience every single time. But if you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out! Here's what it takes to get started.

For many people, the thought of making their own coffee at home can seem intimidating. But if you know how to make pour-over coffee at home, it can taste just as delicious as coffee shop coffee and you’ll save time and money.

I’ve designed this recipe to be as delicious and beginner-friendly as possible so you can make craft coffee at home. If you're looking for even more ways to upgrade your morning routine, this is a great start.

What Is Pour-Over Coffee?

Pour-over coffee is a method of brewing coffee that requires pouring hot water over coffee grounds in a filter; it’s also referred to as hand-brewed coffee. In a traditional electric coffee maker, water pours in a steady stream over the coffee grounds and you have no control over how the coffee is extracted. This method puts you squarely in charge.

Why Is Pour-Over Better than Other Brewing Methods?

There are several benefits to pour-over coffee. First, you’re not wasting a whole pot of coffee when you’re brewing for one. Second, you’re getting the best flavor from the beans, since they’re extracted with precision.

If you heard coffee people describing various coffee aromas, acidity, earthiness, complexity, and brightness in your drip coffee cup. Amazed by the coffee lingo, you probably wondered how to make a coffee that tastes like that. A pour over is the best way to emphasize origin notes and flavors. 

Just trust me, a pour-over tastes way better than the single-serve from your Keurig.

How to Make Pour-Over Coffee

You will need a bit of prep work, but not much, don't worry. The brewing is pretty simple, but not as simple as the auto-drip. You'll need to do four weighed and timed pours. This means you'll need a scale and a timer.

Each of these pours will extract a different flavor from your coffee grounds for a full and rich taste. This recipe is designed for one serving in a standard coffee mug. If you're using a different sized coffee cup, just adjust the amount of coffee you use accordingly.

You can also experiment with the grind size of the coffee you use. I like the results with a fine grind, but you might find a coarser grind works better for your machine. 

Don't worry if you don't get this exact right the first time. Coffee brewing takes a bit of practice. Your pour-over coffee will taste great, even if your weights are a bit off. Just do your best today and try again tomorrow.

What You Need


  • 500 grams filtered water
  • 20 grams coffee grounds

Brewing Equipment

  • Pour-over Dripper: The pour-over coffee dripper holds your coffee filter in place as you make pours. These come in a variety of sizes and styles, but this Hario V60 is a great place to start.
  • Gooseneck Kettle: The gooseneck kettle has a curved and narrow neck for precise pours. This is specially designed for pour-over.
  • Kitchen Scale: You can use a simple food scale to weigh each pour. However, since you’ll also need to time each pour, we suggest a pour-over scale that features a timer.
  • FiltersNo matter which pour-over dripper you choose, you’ll need filters. These are for the Hario.

Brewing Directions

Step 1: Heat the water in your kettle

Begin by bringing to a boil the water in your kettle. (Use filtered water.)

Step 2: Prepare the coffee grounds

While the water is heating, weigh out 20 grams of coffee beans on your kitchen scale. Grind these beans to a medium-coarse consistency they will look like the rough sand.

Step 3: Pre-Wet the Filter

Place the filter into your dripper, and then holding your dripper above the sink, gently pour a little water from your kettle over the filter, using a circular motion. Repeat until the entire filter is wet. Allow all excess water to drain. 

Step 4: Set up your dripper:

Place the filter padded dripper on your favorite coffee mug and then place it on your scale. Add coffee grounds in the filter just like you would when making auto-drip coffee.

Step 5: Tare your scale

Set your scale to measure grams, and place the equipment on top. Now set the scale to 0. 

Step 6: First pour

With your kettle in hand, start your timer. Begin pouring water at the center of the coffee bed in a circular motion. Slowly working your way out to the edge of the coffee grounds. Wait until the coffee drips in the mug, for about 30 seconds. The scale should read now 60 grams.

Step 7: Second pour

When the timer reaches 30 seconds, you can begin your second pour. Start in the center of the coffee grounds and pour slowly, spiraling outward without quite touching the outermost edge of the coffee bed. Gradually work your way back toward the center, allowing your scale to read about 140 grams. This second pour should also last about 30 seconds.

Step 8: Third pour

After your two first pours, the timer should read 60 seconds and it's time for the third pour. Moving slowly outward from the center and then back in, similarly to the motion you did in the second pour. This time, you can pour to the edge of the coffee grounds. Once finished, the scale should read about 240 grams. Let the brew drip down in the mug. The drip should last another 30 seconds for a total of 90 seconds brew time.

In conclusion, when you’re looking for a great cup of coffee, there’s no substitute for a pour-over. Pour-over is the best way to get a consistently great cup of coffee. You’ll find that pour over devices require a bit more effort to prepare than other coffee brewing methods, but they’re worth it. Enjoy.