Coffee Series No.1: The Pour-Over Method
"Everyone expects me to be a coffee expert."
A friend said this to me recently. She moved to a pretty large coffee city from Portland, a proclaimed coffee capital.
"Coffee isn't hard. Each drink is a combination of hot water, beans, milk and sugar," I replied. Most people couldn't tell you the tasting notes of a bean. Or what ratio of espresso, water, and milk their drink is. Even so, coffee shouldn't be intimidating (covfefe is a different story).
I would take coffee through an IV if that actually would make me absorb it faster. I am a true caffeine addict and usually I'll take a bad cup of coffee over no coffee. But being a PNW person, bad coffee is a rare occurrence.
Fall is upon us and I wanted to show that good coffee at home is a real possibility. TY and I have created what we are calling the Coffee Series to help you learn how to be a coffee expert.
We will show you three different techniques to make coffee during October. First, we'll start with my favorite: the Pour Over Method.
This is the manual way of making drip coffee (think like a traditional coffee machine at the office).
This is a good way to make a cup or two and it's super simple. I'll explain how using the supplies during our trip to the Vintages.
Pour Over Coffe
- Medium Ground Coffee
- Hot Water
- Sugar and Milk to taste
- Pour Over Brewer or Dripper
Heat your water in kettle. We had an electric one provided.
Retrieve a coffee filter and rinse both it and the brewers (the cone shaped pour-over device) under hot water. This rinses out the paper flavor and preheats the brewer.
Place the filter in the brewer and add about 3 table spoons of ground coffee. If you are grinding your own coffee, make sure the texture is medium ground like kosher salt.
Put your brewer on top of your mug.
Get your hot water once it's ready and pour just enough water to cover the grounds in the brewer. Wait 30 seconds for the coffee to "bloom."
Pour the rest of your water evenly in a spiral over the coffee grounds and slowly fill to the top of the brewer. For an even extraction, try to pour over the dark spots and avoid the light ones.
When the mug is full, (this should take about 2 minutes), remove the brewer from the mug.
Discard your grounds in the trash can and enjoy your cup of coffee!
Are you gonna give it a try?
Let us know in the comments!
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