How To Make The Perfect Pourover Coffee

A pourover in action.

"Do you stir the bloom or not? Do you level your grounds before you start brewing? What is the ideal coffee-to-water ratio for taste? The answer is, it depends."

A nice cup of coffee in the morning can set the tone for the rest of your day. However, when the coffee shops are closed, relying on a barista to pour your daily cup may be out of the question. If that's the case, and you need a good cup of coffee a pourover might be the easiest, tastiest, and most cost-effective way to get a cup. What's a pour-over you say?

It's a method where coffee is made by having hot water poured over it. Not very sexy but it's a fast and efficient way to bring out all of the flavor notes in your coffee...if done right. What does done right look like? It all starts with a good coffee and these tips below to help you dial in your next pourover.

Use fresh coarse ground coffee

"If using whole beans, grind them to a unified consistency similar to granulated table salt."

The difference between fresh grinds and pre-ground coffee can greatly affect the flavour. Coffee goes stale indeed very quickly when it’s introduced to light and oxygen.

The best advice for a perfect pourover is to use high-quality coffee beans and grind them to a medium coarseness just before brewing.

Warning: If your grinder sucks it may affect the flavor of your coffee. Not all beans grind the same which is why our team spends a lot of time fine tuning with each new roast to get this right. Test, restest, and worst-case scenario switch out your grinder till you find what works for your bean.

Experiment with the coffee to water ratio

"23 grams of coffee for a 12 oz. cup and 30 gram of coffee for a 16 oz. cup work best."

The coffee to water ratio is another very major factor that will determine the perfect pourover. We recommend starting with 2-3 teaspoons per 12 oz. cup. If you want to be very precise, use a digital scale to weigh your coffee. This can vary depending on how you enjoy your coffee.

Control the water quality and temperature

"Having cleaner, filtered water and adjusting the temperature results in a faster, more efficient, and tastier brew."

The water you use has a significant impact on the overall quality of your coffee pourover. The perfect pourover is usually made with fully filtered fresh, unboiled water heated to 195-200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a filtration system bottled water works well but if you gave this the old Pepsi challenge reverse is king.

Optimize the brew time

Make adjustments! If your coffee tastes weak, you're probably grinding it too coarsely, so try a finer grind next time. If your coffee tastes too strong, use less coffee the next time, or simply add a splash of hot water to the finished brew to taste.

For dark roast coffee, your overall brew time should be around 2-3 minutes. For light to medium roast coffee, the targeted brew time is 3-4 minutes including the drip time after you’ve poured the water. It's important to make sure you pour the water in a clockwise motion rather than flood, wait, flood.

The biggest thing to remember when entering the world of at-home barista-ing with the pourover is that you are a scientist. Walter White-correction Jesse Pinkman screwed up tons of batches before getting close to Blue Sky. Just remember to test, tweak, but most importantly enjoy your coffee time.