How to Make Pour Over Coffee

How to Make Pour Over Coffee | Kaufmann Mercantile
We're big fans of the slow coffee movement. Taking your time and refining your café ritual feels (and tastes) thoroughly rewarding. We recently introduced The Coffee Registry to our assortment, offering brass-and-walnut pour-over stands, scales, kettles, decanters, and grinders — all tools that give you more control over crucial variables like timing, temperature, and saturation.

This made us realize that although we offer the tools for you to make the perfect cup of joe, we haven’t given you the scoop on exactly how to use them correctly. And because the classic pour-over method is our personal favorite (for its clean, bright taste and total control), we’ve written a step-by-step guide on how to make pour over coffee — turning your kitchen into your new favorite local coffee shop. Let’s jump right in to what you'll need.

Tools & Ingredients

-A digital scale and thermometer

The Hario drip scale (VST - 2000) is designed to fit with The Farrier Collection of pour-over stands by The Coffee Registry, which sit perfectly atop the scale. It features an integrated timer for perfect pours and has .1-gram increments for high-precision weighing. The functional tool also includes an automatic shutoff that triggers after five minutes, which will only be activated when the timer isn't running.

    Digital Coffee Scale | Kaufmann Mercantile

    Hario Pour-Over Coffee Drip Timer Scale, $48

    -15 grams fresh coffee beans

    We appreciate the beans prepared on vintage roasters by Verve Coffee Roasters based in Santa Cruz, California. Their Farmlevel Initiative supports every hand that touches their coffee. They pay their farmers premiums for quality coffees through direct trade relationships, allowing them to exceed Fair Trade minimums every time. Get one of their full-bodied blends delivered to your door, or pick up any good beans from your local market or go-to coffee shop.

    Verve Coffee Beans | Kaufmann Mercantile

    The Bronson Blend - Verve Coffee Roasters, $15.50 (12 oz.)

    -Grinder

    Check out New York Magazine's article about the best grinders of 2020. They touch on a range of price points, from hand-ground mechanisms to more intense electric grinders. We like to keep it simple with an old-school hand grinder. 

    -V60 Paper Filters

    Grab a pack of V60-02 filters directly from The Coffee Registry or via your favorite online source.

    Hario V60 Coffee Filters | Kaufmann Mercantile

    Hario V60-02 filters via The Coffee Registry or Amazon

    -Pour-over stand

    We carry a bunch of great pour-over stands but we're especially drawn to the Curator design, utilizing the Hario V60 glass pour-over funnel (included), which rests on a ring that can be adjusted to the height of your mug or decanter. 

    Farrier Pour Over Coffee Stand | Kaufmann Mercantile

    -Kettle

    Get your water boiling the old-school way with this timeless tea kettle designed for seamless heating and pouring. The long, curved spout makes for easy and direct emptying when using any pour-over coffee technique, while the curvy handle adds a nice bit of character.

    Tea Kettle | Kaufmann Mercantile

    Hario 1.2 Liter Stovetop Tea Kettle, $52

    -Filtered water

    -Decanter

    While this is not absolutely necessary, we recommend having a glass decanter on-hand for your home-brewed coffee routine. Made with heat-resistant glass, this modern version is designed to be used with two 8-ounce coffee cups.

    Glass Decanter | Kaufmann Mercantile

    Hario 400mL Heat-Resistant Glass Decanter, $18

    -Coffee spoon

    We just can't resist the design of this modern coffee spoon by Antou that will also seal your bag of beans shut. Flip the spoon over and the handle becomes a brilliant clip.

    Antou Coffee Spoon | Kaufmann Mercantile

    Coffee Spoon by Antou, $35

    -Your favorite mug

    We like this Give a Damn Mug because it makes us feel like we're camping everyday. While it looks like an enamel outdoors-ey cup, it's actually made out of ceramic. 

    Campfire Coffee Mug | Kaufmann Mercantile

    Give a Damn Campfire Mug by Shop Good, $16

    Instructions

    1. Fill your kettle with filtered water and bring to a boil, or using a digital thermometer, bring to 195–205 degrees.

    2. Weigh out 15 grams of coffee on your digital scale.

    3. Fold the V60 paper filter on its crease so that it fits flush inside the brewer, then place the filter inside the brewer.

    4. Pour some hot filtered water over the filter to rinse paper flavor from the filter and preheat the brewer.

    5. Grind the coffee on a medium-fine setting. It should be the consistency of table salt.

    6. Pour the coffee into the rinsed, damp filter.

    7. Make sure the filtered water is at the right temperature to brew. It should be between 195–205 degrees. If you don’t have a digital thermometer, simply wait a few minutes after it stops boiling.

    8. Weigh out 240 ml of water from your kettle.

    9. Pour the water over the top of the grounds in slow, concentric circles until the grinds are fully saturated. Then, wait 30–45 seconds before pouring about half of the remaining water over the coffee slowly and in concentric circles.

    10. Wait as the water drips through for a few seconds, then continue this process of pouring and waiting until all the water is used.

    11. Once the dripping from the cone has slowed to a stop, enjoy your coffee.

     

    Coffee instructions provided by Matt Ludwikowski of Brash Coffee.

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