I once thought that pour over coffee brewing was just something invented by hipsters to make coffee look more hip and difficult. I once thought there was no legitimate reason why anyone would choose to make pour over coffee, that it was merely a waste of time and energy.

Then I tried pour over coffee myself. My impressions changed real quickly.

Pour over coffee is simply coffee made using the process of pouring water over coffee grounds. The water extracts yummy flavors and falls (via gravity) to a cup or carafe below. The key is that the water is always falling. There’s no extended immersion time and no pressure – only falling.

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I eventually purchased some pour over equipment myself and quickly learned how soothing and meditative slowly pouring water over coffee could be. The rich aromas, the gentle motions, the delicious result. The pour over coffee experience is one to be cherished.

What Does It Taste Like?

With the brewing water constantly draining (rather than immersing the grounds for a period of time), the resulting coffee is usually a bit crisper and brighter in flavor than coffee made via the immersion method.

The paper filters that are prominent in pour over brewing result in a slightly higher perceived acidity, though metal and cloth filters exist and can change the mouthfeel of pour over coffee significantly.

Same, Different, Often Better

Sometimes pour over coffee is considered a fancier alternative to “regular coffee”, but that’s a misunderstanding. “Regular” coffee pots shower water over coffee beds and allow the water to drain naturally, just like pour over coffee. Your morning brew, unless you use a french press or an espresso machine, is most likely something very similar to pour over coffee.

Choosing To Go Manual

There is a clear quality difference between our V60 and Chemex, and most auto-drip brewers. Here’s why: by choosing manual pour over methods rather than automated ones, we have a powerful amount of control over the brewing. Auto-drip machines control the water temperature, pouring method, and pouring speed – 3 things that greatly impact a cup of coffee. Sadly, many auto-drip machines are built poorly and cannot adapt to different coffees needing slightly different recipes, so quality hits a low plateau.

Auto-drip machines control the water temperature, pouring method, and pouring speed – 3 things that greatly impact a cup of coffee. Sadly, many auto-drip machines don’t perform these tasks well due to poor build. They also cannot adapt to the coffees they are brewing with.

By choosing to brew manually with pour over devices, we are able to control every variable (or most anyway) and ensure that our coffee comes out how we want it to. That’s the secret to delicious coffee: adapting your brewing to the coffee.

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Dig Deeper With Us

If you haven’t tried pour over coffee, or if you’re not very familiar with it, come into the shop. We’ll show you our equipment and tell you why we love this coffee brewing process. There’s no shame in asking questions – even strange ones.

Dig deeper into the world of coffee with us. It’s quite a journey.