Best Practices for Pour Over Coffee Brewing

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Did you just get a new coffee maker in the form of a pour over or coffee dripper? Worry not because many people have already gone before you and you’ll just have to learn from their ups and downs in pour over brewing. This quick guide will help you on how to troubleshoot common issues, and to ensure that you get the perfect brew every single time.


(1) What To Do When Coffee Tastes Weak

If you notice that the cup or carafe of your pour-over coffee maker fills up in less than 2 minutes and the coffee tastes weak, adjust your grinder settings to produce finer grinds.

(2) When Coffee Tastes Too Bitter

If the brewing process takes more than 4 minutes and the coffee tastes too bitter, adjust your grinder to produce coarser grinds.

(3) Perfect Coarseness of Coffee Grounds

The perfect coarseness of coffee grounds should be medium-fine. It would feel like sea salt if you rub it against your fingers.

(4) Get a Good Quality Grinder

Use a high-quality burr grinder. The grind of your coffee beans can make or break the coffee. A good grinder will ensure that you get a consistent grind, and thus an even extraction when you brew.

(5) Coffee-To-Water Ratio

You may begin with 60 grams of coffee grounds per 1 liter of water. If you want a stronger taste, you can increase the amount of coffee grounds to use per liter of water.

Note: If you change a certain variable, make sure to do the necessary changes in other variables as well.

(6) Knowing What Grind You Need

The coarseness of coffee grounds also affects the strength of coffee. Use finer grinds if you want something stronger, and coarser grinds to make it lighter.

(7) When Using Water for Brewing

Use thoroughly filtered water in brewing. It pays to have a gooseneck kettle with a built-in thermometer which will help you gauge if your water temperature has reached 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit (90 – 96 degrees Celsius). Water on this temperature is ideal for pour over.


Do you feel more confident now when it comes to using your pour over coffee maker? Share with us your pour over experiences down in the comments!

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