How to Make Pour-Over Coffee

How to Make Pour-Over Coffee: A Step-by-Step Guide for Coffee Enthusiasts

Are you ready to experience a perfectly brewed cup's rich, nuanced flavors? Pour-over coffee might be the answer you're looking for. This brewing method is a favorite among coffee enthusiasts because it brings out the best in your beans and delivers an exceptional coffee experience. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of making pour-over coffee like a pro.

Equipment and Ingredients Needed for Pour-Over Coffee

Before we dive into the brewing process, let's gather all the necessary equipment and ingredients. To make pour-over coffee, you'll need:

  • Pour-Over Coffee Maker: Choose a high-quality pour-over coffee maker that suits your preferences and needs. Popular options include Hario V60, Chemex, and Kalita Wave.
  • Coffee Grinder: Use a good coffee grinder to grind your beans before brewing. This ensures maximum freshness and flavor in your cup.
  • Pour-Over Coffee Kettle: A gooseneck kettle allows for precise control over the water flow, which is essential for a uniform extraction.
  • Paper Filters (if applicable): Some pour-over coffee makers use paper filters to trap oils and sediment, producing a cleaner cup of coffee.
  • Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans: Opt for freshly roasted beans from reputable roasters. Experiment with different origins and roast levels to find your preferred flavor profile.
  • Clean Water: Use filtered or bottled water to avoid unwanted flavors that might affect the taste of your coffee.

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How to Make Pour-Over Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Grind the Coffee Beans

Begin by grinding your coffee beans to the right consistency. For pour-over coffee, a medium grind is generally recommended. The texture should be similar to coarse sand. Experiment with grind size to find the balance between over-extraction (bitterness) and under-extraction (weak coffee).

Have questions? Read our coffee grind size guide.

Step 2: Prepare the Coffee Maker and Filter

Assemble your pour-over coffee maker and place the paper filter inside if needed (not all pour-over coffee makers require a filter).

Step 3: Rinse the Filter

This step is crucial for a cleaner cup of coffee. Pour hot water over the filter, ensuring it is fully saturated. This preps the filter and eliminates any residual paper flavors.

Step 4: Add Coffee Grounds

Measure the right amount of coffee grounds based on your chosen coffee-to-water ratio. A general starting point is one tablespoon of coffee for every 6 ounces of water. Put the coffee grounds into the filter, tapping the coffee maker to create an even bed of grounds.

Step 5: Start the Pour-Over Process

The "blooming" process is essential to release the trapped gases in the coffee grounds. Begin by pouring a small amount of water over the coffee bed. Allow it to bloom for 30 seconds.

Step 6: Continue Pouring

After the blooming, start pouring water slowly and steadily over the coffee grounds in a circular motion. Maintain a consistent flow and avoid pouring directly onto the filter. Allow the coffee to drip through the filter naturally.

Step 7: Let it Drip

Once you've poured all the water, let the coffee drip through the filter until the brewing process is complete. The ideal brewing time is around 3 to 4 minutes, however this can vary based on your taste preferences.

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Pour-Over Coffee Tips and Tricks

- Water Temperature: Use water that is between 195 to 205°F (90 to 96°C) for optimal extraction.

- Coffee-to-Water Ratio: Experiment with different ratios to find your perfect balance of strength and flavor.

- Gooseneck Kettle: Invest in a gooseneck kettle for better control over the pouring process.

- Fresh Coffee Beans: Purchase freshly roasted coffee beans and store them properly for the best flavor.

Common Pour-Over Coffee Issues

- Over-Extraction (Bitter Coffee): Try using a coarser grind or reducing the brewing time.

- Under-Extraction (Weak Coffee): Use a finer grind or extend the brewing time slightly.

- Uneven Extraction (Channeling): Ensure an even coffee bed and adjust the pouring technique.

Pour-Over Coffee Variations and Recipes

Get creative with your pour-over coffee! Make iced pour-over coffee for hot summer days, or add milk alternatives and flavored syrups for a delightful twist.

You can even experiment with our cold brew coffee guide and this pour-over method for a refreshing caffeine boost.


Congratulations, you're now equipped with the knowledge to make an excellent pour-over coffee! As with any art, don't be afraid to experiment and refine your pour-over technique.

Each cup of pour-over coffee is a delightful journey into the world of flavors and aromas, and with time and dedication, you'll brew your perfect cup every time. Enjoy the process, and savor the rich rewards of your handcrafted coffee creation. Happy brewing!

Rachel Noall

Rachel Noall

Rachel Noall is one of the founders of Tiny Potato Coffee Company. She spent much of her 20's exploring Europe, and while in Rome for 6 months lived across the alley from the infamous La Casa del Caffè Tazza d'Oro. This kicked off her true love of coffee, it's history, and the routine surrounding the beverage.

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