How to create the perfect pour over at home
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If you're like me, you may find the world of specialty coffee overwhelming. Its full of new sounds, smells, contraptions & vocabulary. There is a lot of science behind the perfect cup of coffee (Heisenberg was right) but it doesn't have to be exclusive. You can enjoy quality cups whenever, wherever & Im going to show you how.
It was the summer of 2015. I took my first sip of specialty coffee. I was ruined. After that moment I knew I could never settle for mediocre coffee. I had full blown #trustissues. In the months to come I was exposed to all different types of extraction techniques; Aeropress, V60, Chemex, Cold drip... All of these methods had their pros & cons, their strengths & weaknesses & their own ritual. I came to understand that coffee extraction went far beyond the humble espresso machine & the method could be utilised to suite any environment or lifestyle.
I present to you the "Im not a barista but damn Daniel, I could be " filter recipe.
1x v60 pour over
1x Kettle & thermometer
240g hot water
1x v60 filter paper
1x scale with an inbuilt timer
or separate stopwatch
15g ground filter coffee
1x cup bigger than 250ml
Ultimately you can use any coffee for this recipe but I would highly recommend taking a trip to your local specialty coffee house or roasters. The people working in these places know what they are talking about & they can help you with any questions you may have. Plus they can grind up your newly purchased beans & may even give you the perfect pourover recipe for that particular roast.
Investing in a v60 allows you to have access to filter coffee anytime, anywhere. You can buy v60 & v60 filter papers online & also in some stores.
This recipe is a standard guide. You can tweak the ratios to suit your strength/flavour preferences.
1. Grind 15g of coffee beans. Boil water & put 240g/ml into a pouring apparatus. Alternatively, you can put your cup & v60 straight onto the scale & weigh the water out as you pour.
2. Place the v60 filter paper into the v60. Wet the v60 paper with cold water.
3. Place coffee grinds into the v60 filter paper. Tap the sides, making sure the coffee is level.
4. Start the timer. Slowly pour the hot water on top of the coffee grounds in a circular motion to ensure even extraction.
5. Stop pouring & allow the filter coffee to drip through. After a few seconds continue pouring. For the next 2 minutes intermittently pour the rest of the water over the coffee, continuing in a circular motion.
6. The total time of extraction should take about 3 minutes.
There you have it. 5 steps to perfect filter coffee. Anywhere. Anytime.