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How To Brew The Perfect Pour Over At Home!

At The Roasterie we buy great coffee beans to brew great coffee.  One of our many great brewing methods we use is the “pour-over.”  Pour over brewing is a simple way to brew a crisp, clean coffee at home. Chemex, Clever Dripper and Hario V60 all are popular & easy-to-use devices to brew pour over coffee and they use essentially the same brewing procedure with variations and produce similar and delicious results.

Step 1: Preparation

Bring your brewing water to boil and transfer to a preheated kettle of your choice. Meanwhile, put the paper coffee filter inside the brewer and rinse it with hot water. This helps get rid of any papery taste and also preheats your brewer. Remember “heat loss” is the biggest coffee killer when it comes to extraction!

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Step 2: Measure coffee

Measure out your coffee beans and grind them. Auto drip grind will work fine for this method, if you grind at home, grind size should resemble sand.

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Step 3: Bloom the beans

Saturate all grounds with as little water as possible, let sit for 30 seconds until the bloom has settled. This is called “pre-infusing” it begins the extraction process releasing gases and softening oils.

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Step 4: Brew the coffee

Begin pouring again very slowly, allowing the water to reach halfway up the cone.  The crust formed by the initial pour (the bloom) should “break up.” After foam forms on top of grounds, begin the rest of the brewing. Do this by adding the rest of your water into the center of brewer keeping water level high.  Don’t leave any grounds high and dry!

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Step 5: Enjoy your cup of coffee

Wait until the stream slows to a drip, remove the filter, dump the grounds, and enjoy your home brewed cup of coffee.

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At The Roasterie Plant Café we offer three pour-over devices, Hario V60, Clever Dripper, and Chemex.   All three options extract the best flavors out of the coffee beans.  Recommended coffees for the pour over devices are our DR Congo Fair Trade Organic and Guatemalan Finca Santa Isabel. All of these brewers can be purchased at The Roasterie Factory Café.  Ask Courtney our café manager to demonstrate how to use any of the selections, or come in and try a cup.

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