How To Brew:
Pour Over

Chemex - Hario V60 - Kalita Wave

Pour over is a precise and increasingly popular way to brew, utilizing three drippers that have become fixtures in well-appointed cafés and homes: Chemex, Hario V60, and Kalita Wave. Pour-over believers, and there are believers, enjoy the ritual of grinding, blooming, and pouring hot water over the grinds from a slow-pour gooseneck kettle.

Does it make a superior cup? It’s debatable, but the methodical approach to a pour over has appealed to coffee drinkers for decades.

Step 1. The Prep

Fill your kettle with clean water (that you would drink) and set to boil.

Open and fold your filter into a cone shape and place it in your brewing device.

Rinse with hot water (we suggest about 205°F) and discard water. This will help keep the brewer warm.

Step 2. The Grind (Coarse)

The best coffee is made when ground just before brewing. Freshly ground coffee begins to oxidize and age immediately -- timing is key.

Choosing the right grind is equally important. For Chemex/V60/Hario we recommend coarse grind.

Finally, the amount we suggest uses the 1:17 "perfect" ration of coffee to water. This means 22 grams of coffee to 340 grams of water.

If you want your coffee a little bit stronger, we recommend our personal morning ratio of 1 oz. coffee to 12 oz. water.

Step 3. The Pour

Once your water is boiled, coffee is ground, weighed, and placed in your filter -- the first pour begins. Pour about 30% of your water very slowly in spirals, a method we call "the bloom" which helps evenly saturate the coffee grounds and extract maximum flavor. This first pour should take about 30-45 seconds.

After about a minute, pour in the remaining water slowly in a spiral pattern, beginning from the center to the outer perimeter of the coffee grounds before returning to the center again.

Do not pour directly on the filter above the coffee.

Once the water disappears from above the grounds, your brew is ready. Enjoy hot and let us know how it tastes!


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