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How to Make the Perfect Pour-Over at Home

November 18, 2020
 by eximius

Similar to your typical drip-coffee, a pour-over is a coffee brewing method in which you saturate coffee with hot water as it passes through a filter. The difference between your normal drip machine and a pour-over include several variables, like brew time, speed, and water flow (which affect the characteristics of the end product), including quality, texture, and taste.

What you’ll need to make pour-over coffee:

  • Coffee (whole bean or ground). You can shop our popular roast, Cafe Diario here!
  • V60 coffee dripper
  • Your favorite coffee mug!

For pour-over coffee, these things are nice to have, but not needed:

  • Pour-over specific carafe
  • Gooseneck water kettle 
  • Scale
  • Coffee grinder (Burr grinder preferred, but not needed)

All of these pieces can be found online, and even in bundled packages for often affordable prices. 

Before we start, remember the ratio of coffee to water is most important in determining how your cup is going to end up tasting. If you have less water, you will find your cup to be on the heavier side. With more, you may have a lighter cup. There are baseline measurements to use, but these do not always have to be followed. 24-25 grams of coffee to 325 grams of water is a good place to start. You can test from here if needed.

Once you have all the materials needed, you’re ready to make your first pour over! 

  1. Place your V60 on top of your mug, or carafe, if you have one.
  2. Add your coffee filter. Wet your filter with water to remove the paper taste it adds. Dump out any water that dripped into your mug.
  3. Measure out 24 grams of coffee and place in the V60 (grind before if needed)
  4. Prepare your hot water. If you have a gooseneck, 190-205 degrees Fahrenheit is how hot you want your water to be before pouring. If you do not have this ability, simply boil water and let sit for 30-45 seconds before use. 
  5. Apply 50 grams of water to your coffee immediately and let it sit for 30 seconds without any additional water being added. This is called “blooming the grounds” - make sure all the grounds get wet with that first 50 grams for optimal results!
  6. At 30 seconds - add 60 grams of additional water
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you reach a total of 325 grams of water.

After this, you should have a mostly full cup of delicious coffee! Remember: Play with the ratio of water to coffee and find what works best for you! You can also play with the amount of time you choose to extract and when to add certain amounts of water during the process.


Now you know how to craft a perfect pour-over - Enjoy!


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