The Easy Way To Make Pour-Over Coffee for Beginners

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I remember the first time I walked in to a coffeeshop that used pour over coffee exclusively. I couldn’t totally understand what was happening or why they would prepare coffee that way. But, when it comes to coffee, I try to stay open-minded – so I waited in the long line for my own cup of slowly poured joe.

The longer I stood there, the more I became entranced by the hypnotic circular pouring of water over the coffee grounds. It started to lull me into a sense of calm, like swaying in a hammock to the sound of the ocean waves.

This rhythmic effect of a pour over coffee shop is so powerful – everybody in line just sort of stands there in a trance – hypnotized by watching the water go around and around and around, the aroma of gently warmed grounds wafting like perfume in the air.

Ever since that day, I’ve loved the routine of the pour-over. As my mornings start to slow down a little, I’ve found myself gravitating towards this slow, thoughtful, intentional way to brew my favorite drink of the day.

What You Need For Pour Over Coffee:

how to do pour over coffee

There are a lot of recipes out there that are going to break down the exact grams and amounts to a perfect science, like this one. These are excellent guides if you are looking to get out your scale and get granular.

If you’re a little lazy, like me, we’re going to do this the easy way. You with me? It’s a simple process. Here’s what you’ll need -also know that affiliate links are used, which means that if you purchase through our links, we’ll make a small commission at no cost to you:

*I’m using one of my favorite 15 oz. coffee mugs here. It’s not small. If you think about cup sizes at Starbucks, this would put my mug size between a tall and a grande. I love the weight of this ceramic mug as well. That’s why I chose it for the coffee mugs in our shop.

**I’ve been trying out low acid coffee beans, because of some acid reflux issues I’ve been having. Coffee is apparently one of the most acidic things we can put in our bodies, so if you’re having any issues with acid reflux, GERD, stomach issues, then you may want to consider low acid coffee as well. I am going to write a whole post on low acid coffee, too. Using the pour over method also helps reduce the acidity in coffee – so the combo of low acid coffee and pour over is a gamechanger. 

how to do pour over coffee

How To Do Pour Over Coffee:

Fill your kettle with about  3-4 cups of water for one full coffee mug and heat to around 212 degrees. Some people say around 200. Our kettle has a setting for 212 that feels perfect to us.

Grind 1/4 – 1/3 cup of coffee beans or use 1/4 – 1/3 cup of ground coffee.

Place your pour over on the mug with a coffee filter. We use these. Place grounds in the filter.

how to do pour over coffee

Slowly pour the water over the coffee grounds, moving in a circular motion until it’s almost full of water.

how to do pour over coffee

Allow it to drip and once the liquid is emptied, repeat the process.

how to do pour over coffee

You may need to repeat this 2-3 times. Lift the pour over up slightly to see how much coffee you have brewed to determine if you need to do it 2 or 3 times. Size of mug will make a difference here.

how to do pour over coffee

After it’s fully drained, remove the pour over and grounds and then add syrups, milk or whatever you like to your coffee. Enjoy!

how to do pour over coffee

That’s it! The whole process takes around 5 minutes. You’ll have less waste than if you did a pot of coffee and only drank half. Plus, you’ll love the less acidic, flavorful taste of the coffee.

how to do pour over coffee


Have you tried the pour over method? What did you think? You may also love our guides for french press coffee or our favorite iced vanilla latte.

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