In recent years, the specialty coffee scene has embraced pour-over coffee, and there is much debate about the best methods and equipment to utilize.
But only competitions and specialty coffee shops use the filter method. In essence, it's a simple method for preparing a delicious cup of coffee. Drip coffee can work for you whether you're an experienced barista or a novice home brewer. Varion Coffee would like to help newcomer to create the perfect manual brew at your home!
Pour Over Brew Guide by Varion Coffee
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED?
Here is the basic equipment you need to make pour over:
A brewing device is a simple tool that holds the coffee ground and the filter in order to brew the coffee using gravity. There are various devices to choose from, whether a V60, Chemex, and even your own cup!
The paper filter is the most affordable, and widely available across local stores. The paper filter is easy to use while easy to clean. Make sure to pick the appropriate size for your dripper.
Scale is very essential for making the most out of your coffee brewing experience. The coffee scale gives you the perfect control over your coffee creation, whether you want it to be bitter, sweet, or sour depends on the scale.
Consistency is key in this situation, as it is in many other specialty coffee-related situations. Water is kept at a consistent temperature in kettles manufactured specifically for pour-over. This aids in producing consistent extraction. Furthermore, the purpose of the lengthy, thin gooseneck is to regulate the water flow. Kettles with shorter spouts often have water gushing out of them resulting in uncontrollable flavor.
WHAT RATIO OF COFFEE TO WATER SHOULD YOU USE?
Although there are many various recommended ratios, 1:18 (1g of coffee to 18g of water) is a generally regarded decent place to start. To find a recipe that works for you, experiment with this measurement while making small adjustments to the grind size and water temperature, which both affect extraction.
Next, experiment with adjusting the coffee-to-water ratio. If your beverage tastes weak or watery, add additional coffee without altering the other ingredients and taste it again to see if it tastes better. Consider lowering the amount of coffee in your cup if you feel it to be overly strong. But bear in mind to record your changes so you can duplicate your ideal brew once you find it.
WHICH COFFEE SHOULD YOU USE?
It's possible that you should select a light roast because the pour-over technique excels at bringing out delicate taste notes and aromas. The beans that are roasted to this profile have the most acidic flavors and are the brightest and sweet.
Different types of roast profiles.
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The rate of extraction is impacted by the size of your grounds. With a pour-over, the coffee and water are in contact for a longer period of time than with espresso but less time than with an immersion method. Therefore, you need to give the coffee just enough surface area to extract before the water enters the cup, but not too much so that it under-extracts and produces a bitter brew.
This means that you should start with medium grind size, assess your cup, and make adjustments as necessary. Try a finer ground if it's a little runny or acidic. Try going a little coarser if the flavor is harsh and missing sweet overtones.
And make sure your coffee is ground to the same size by investing in a high-quality grinder. A lot of "fine" and unevenly ground coffee may be produced by inferior grinders. These minute pieces of coffee extract might tip your cup off pretty rapidly.