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How to Brew a Pour-Over Coffee

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

A pour-over coffee dripper

It is said that 114 years ago in 1908 Melitta Bentz was tired of drinking a muddy brew and became credited with creating the pour-over method. A craft lost to coffee culture until its recent re-emergence with the rise in popularity of the artisan coffee movement. This simplistic brewing experience delivers a complex and flavorful cup that has fully customizable characteristics.

At Bare Roots Coffee Roasting Company we specialize in pour-over coffee and are official/certified representatives of the Chemex brand. When you visit our coffee house in South Lake Tahoe you have the opportunity to shop Chemex supplies locally. Fun fact: The Chemex was invented by a chemist named Peter Schlumbohm. You can find the original in the Museum of Modern Art.

Tip #1 - Choose a coffee roast that speaks to YOU

Choosing a roast that excites you is the key to exploring the art of a pour-over experience. Time, temperature, bean grind, and speed all become components in creating the perfect cup. When you find a bean you love you'll embark on a caffeinated adventure of satisfaction.

Tip #2 - The tools you'll need for coffee brewing

  • Pour over coffee filters- the quality of the filter is important to the quality of the cup of coffee. You can order our natural, unbleached coffee filters here.

  • A proper pour-over coffee dripper

  • Scale

  • Tea kettle

  • Grinder- not necessary, however freshly ground coffee always brings a certain type of nuance to your cup.

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Tip #3 - Make it personal

The more you experiment with using the pour-over method the more personal it will become. To get you started here are some tips to follow.

  1. Measure and grind out the appropriate amount for your cup size. This will fall somewhere between 28g-36g depending on preference. We recommend a medium-fine grind.

  2. Heat your water to 205F remember if your water is too hot it can develop a bitter taste.

  3. Dampen the coffee filter slightly

  4. Begin pouring your water from the center outward. Be sure the grinds continue to stay saturated without allowing the ends to crust.

Tip #4 - Enjoy!!!

Try your coffee black first to get an idea of how your brew finished. This will allow you to make changes the next time you utilize the pour-over method if necessary. Once you've taken a sip or two add your fixings, sit back and relax.

A girl stirring coffee

Using the pour-over method allows you to develop your sense of coffee identity and takes you back 114 years to the first days of enjoying a proper cup. Join us inside our roasting house in South Lake Tahoe, CA, or online for premium roasts and coffee accessories.

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