How to Brew Pour Over Coffee


In our little home we have over seven different methods for brewing a cup of coffee. Excessive? Completely, but fun too. My husband really is the coffee nerd, spending upwards of 20 minutes brewing a single cup. I’m more of the mindset of “just get it to me quickly” but I’ve come to appreciate his care, precision and his little black scale.

Currently my method of choice is a single cup pour-over. It’s an inexpensive way to brew a perfect single cup of coffee and launch you into the world of coffee nerdom. While I’ve now reached the point of being able to brew a decent cup without the use of a scale or measuring device regardless of my husband’s nudging for me to weigh, I thought it would be fun talk about the basic recipe for this method.

The bean

Let’s pause for a moment and talk about the bean. It’s very important to use freshly roasted beans to get the most flavor in your cup. Great roasters will have a roasted date printed on the package of coffee. If there’s not a date don’t be afraid to ask. You’ll look legit. Try to use beans within two weeks of their roast date. And then there’s the grind. It’s best to grind the beans right before brewing. But it’s also important to use a burr grinder to ensure an even grind. If you live near a shop that can supply you with great beans and yet you don’t have a good grinder, have them grind the coffee for you. They’ll ask for what method and you say pour-over and then grab a muffin for the walk home.

The grind

Speaking of grind it should be just a touch “coarser than table salt” according to the people at TONX coffee, which is often where we’ll get our coffee from (they’ll roast it then ship it on the same day). The grind setting should be set to medium-fine to get the proper grind.

The recipe

For a single cup of coffee you will want 25 grams of beans or roughly 3 1/2 tablespoons. It’s roughly 1 tablespoon of ground coffee for every 4 ounces of water.


Rinse your filter with hot water to remove any residual off tastes. Add the ground coffee to the wet filter and slowly pour enough hot, but not boiling water just to saturate the grounds. Give the grounds a quick and gentle stir to make sure the water is evenly dispersed. Then let that sit for an additional 15 seconds before you begin pouring in the rest of the water. Do this very slowly and evenly move the stream of water over the grounds. The surface color should remain even at this point.


For the 3 1/2 tablespoons of beans you started with you’ll want 400 grams or 13 1/2 ounces of water. Adjust the amount of coffee if you only want an 8 ounce cup. Pour the water in while the coffee sits on a scale or pre-measure the water before you begin to pour. Once you’ve poured in all the water, quickly move the cone with the filter to the sink to allow for it to continue to drip.


This entire process should take about 3 minutes.

Now enjoy your coffee. You’ve earned it.


A cup of coffee and a pastry – is there anything better? Learn to make croissants at home to accompany your perfect cup of coffee, or see how to make a hard boiled egg if you’re looking for a different breakfast option.

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