Make Rich, Flavorful Coffee With Simple Manual Drip Coffee Maker

Pour Over coffee brewing is yet another way to brew great coffee. It is done by using a simple FilterCone and pouring hot water over the coffee grounds added to the paper filter in the Cone.

Check out reviews of manual drip PourOver Brewers and accessories here. See there a video of Pour-Over coffee brewing.

Manual drip coffee filter cone filter Image

Here's a shot of my "Ready Set Joe®" Pour Over plastic Filter Cone by Mellita® with a cone shaped paper filter sitting in it.

The Pour Over method is not new, but it became more popular recently and PourOver manual drip coffee is served in some bars and restaurants across the USA, as well as in some other countries.

Pour-Over is like going back to the old days and brewing coffee manually instead of using electric drip coffee makers.

A PourOver coffee maker is also known as a single cup coffee brewer. Pour Over is usually done for a single serving of coffee.

Personally, I like the Pour Over as it makes good coffee. It is said to brew smoother and richer coffee than regular automatic drippers. However, it does take a few minutes of your time and can cause somewhat of a little mess if you ain't careful enough.

Pour Over Coffee Filter Cone Image

Here I placed the Filter-Cone over the carafe of my Proctor Silex® basic 12 cup coffee maker. It sits well upon it and it can be placed over a mug too. The FilterCone has a whole more to the bottom (on both sides) so you can see the amount of coffee dripped into your mug. This is not the tiny whole on the bottom of the mug allowing the coffee to drain out. I use double large sized (#4) paper filters for more control and stability.

Manual drip Pour Over coffee brewers are low-tech and cheap. You can get a plastic FilterCone for 2 or 3 bucks. Stainless steel Cones are also available at a higher cost. Some packages include Pour-Over accessories, like a mug, carafe and a brew kettle with a narrow, long and curved spout designed especially to allow better control of the slow and steady brew process required for the manual drip.

PourOver Filter-Cones have one or more tiny wholes at the bottom to allow the slow dripping into the mug or carafe.

Pour Over Brewing - What You Will Need

Here's what you'll basically need for brewing with the Pour Over coffee maker:

  • Coffee grounds.

  • A Brew kettle. Use one that allows enough control for a slow and steady brew over a mug.

  • Cone-shaped paper filters.

  • A Filter-cone - this is the Pour Over coffee maker, or simply the filter holder. Melitta and Hario are among the popular USA brands supplying Pour Over cone filters.

  • A Timer (preferable).

  • Coffee mug or carafe.

Manual Drip Pour Over Single Cup Coffee Brewer Image

My Pour Over coffee brewing set here includes the FilterCone with the paper cone filter sitting inside over a carafe; Melitta ground coffee (medium roast, Arabica, 100% Colombia - the coffee is really good!); and a watch to time the brewing.

Coffee Pour Over Brewing

Here are some simple instructions how to brew with the Pour Over manual drip Filter Cone:

    1. Heat water in a kettle close to boiling point, at about 198f.

    2. Place your filter in the filter-holder, preheat it, wet and rinse it well to wash off the paper-dust and eliminate paper-taste in your coffee.

    3. Grind your coffee beans, or add ready grounds. Grind finely, but not as fine as needed for espresso. Preferably, grind with a burr coffee grinder for an even and good-quality grind.

    4. Scoop in the coffee grounds into the filter and pour a bit hot water over the grounds to wet them and let them "bloom" and releasing CO2. Leave it so for 30-40 seconds, then start pouring again.

    5. Pour slowly. Start from the center and work your way outwards in a circular motion. Pour on the coffee ground, not on the filter. Pour only as much water as needed to saturate all the coffee, but do not submerge the grounds and don't raise the water level above the coffee grounds. Keep pouring slowly to maintain the hot temperature throughout the brew.

    6. Keep brewing for up to 4 minutes for optimal extraction of the coffee flavors. (This is often recommended, but personally, I like to brew for a little less, like 2 and a half minutes.) Do not overbrew, as to not over-extract the flavors and cause bitterness of the coffee. You can use a timer to time and ensure that it does not brew more than 4 minutes.

    7. Finally, take out the paper filter and toss it in the trash bin. Your coffee now is ready to drink.

    Pour Over Brewing - Drawback

    There's a downside to serving pour over coffee in bars, as the customer may have to wait to long to get his coffee.

    At home, the Pour Over coffee is a useful method, but as said, you do need some time and patience and need to be careful not to cause a little mess on your kitchen counter-top or table.

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