1. First things first, you'll need the right equipment
The experts recommend the following items to brew:
Try this one from Hamilton Beach.
Try one of these from Kalita USA
Paper or metallic fiber filters are best.
Try these from Williams-Sonoma
Try this one with a built-in thermometer from Coffee Gator
Thermal carafe or cup
Try this one made by Chemex that already has a dripper.
For smaller portions, you can brew directly into your favorite coffee cup!
Good coffee beans
Coffee experts agree, local and fresh is best! Check around in your community or local store for options.
Not sure where to start? Try one of these small batch coffee roasters.
2. Prep your filter
Fit your filter into your dripper and wet with hot water to eliminate any paper taste that might transfer to your delicate grounds.
Place your dripper above your carafe or cup.
3. Heat your water
Your target temperature is 195-205° F--don't let it boil! Water that's too hot can inhibit the "blooming" of delicious coffee flavor.
4. Grind your beans
You'll want to target a medium-coarse ground. Think coarse table salt or "Sugar in the Raw." A 1:16 to 1:18 ratio of coffee grounds to water is ideal. This works out to 60-70 grams of coffee to 1 liter of water, or about 2 tablespoons of grounds to 8oz (1 cup) of water.
5. Add grounds to filter
Gently tap the filter so the coffee is in an even layer. You'll want to make sure none of the grounds are sticking to the side. More grounds=more delicious coffee flavor!
6. BREW time!
And now for the art of pour over! Carefully pour enough water over the grounds to fully saturate them. The grounds should start to rise up. This is CO2 escaping from the grounds, creating a "blooming" effect. Allow the grounds to continue to bloom until the initial swelling stops, around 30 seconds.
Pour the remaining water in small pulses, targeting a total brew time. For dark roasts, 2.5-3 minutes is ideal. For lighter roasts, 3-4 minutes (this includes the dripping time after you stop pouring water). Your dripper should continue to drip between 20-60 seconds.
7. Enjoy immediately!
Revel in your coffee-brewing success!
8. Make adjustments
Coffee brewing is a science! If it doesn't turn out perfectly the first time, don't dismay! If the coffee is too weak, try a finer grind on your beans. Too strong? Try fewer grounds per brew.
9. Read from the pros yourself for more details!
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