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Pour Over Coffee Questions & Answers

Pour-over coffee is a coffee brewing method growing in popularity to produce great tasting coffee with a very simple and manual brewing system.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions and answers with respect to pour-over coffee.

What is pour-over coffee?

Pour-over coffee is a coffee making method which uses a funnel shaped filter placed above a coffee mug or a coffee decanter in which hot water is poured into the funnel containing a set amount of coffee and allowed to filter into the mug or decanter. Some methods use a semi-submerged funnel shaped coffee filter which sits inside the mug as opposed to over it.

What is the best pour-over coffee grind size?

The best coffee grind size for pour-over coffee is probably going to be medium to medium-fine. This allows for the best overall taste, but other grinds may work for you depending on your own personal coffee taste preference.

What is the best water temperature for pour-over coffee?

It has been stated that the ideal temperature range for brewing coffee, including pour-over coffee, is 195°F–205°F (90.5°C–96°C). Other opinions will say that water right off the boil (212°F/100°C) is best. Others speculate that more cooler temperatures may work for better taste at 176°F/80°C. All of these temperatures are hot! Heated water helps to extract the flavorful coffee oils.

What is the best pour-over coffee to water ratio?

Quick pour-over coffee ratio: 1:4 -or- 1 tbsp of coffee for every 4 ounces of water.
The best pour-over coffee to water ratio follows the golden cup standard for coffee, which recommends a coffee to water ratio of 55 grams of coffee per liter of water (or about 2 dry ounces of coffee to every 4.25 cups of water). This chart may help.

Pour-over coffee vs French Press – How does it compare?

There are 3 major differences between pour-over coffee and coffee made with a french press. One is that the french press has a tendency to allow smaller coffee grit to enter the final cup while the pour-over method is more filtered. Second, the cleanup with a french press is a hassle vs the pour-over method which is simple and easy to clean up. Third, pour-over coffee tends to be more relaxed and flavorful compared to the bold flavors found by using a french press.

Pour-over coffee vs Drip coffee – What is the difference?

The major difference between pour-over coffee vs drip coffee is that the end user has more control over the brewing process. The manual process and control of pour-over coffee can be modified by the maker to get exactly the coffee taste they prefer and will tend to have a more vibrant, smooth and savory flavor.

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