Chemex? Hario? What?!
I honestly had never heard about Pour Over Coffee until I was researching the Chemex. I wanted to buy a Chemex, but I didn’t want to spend the money. A (nice) Chemex is about $40 -$50. Researching the Chemex led me to the Hario V60, and then a thousand articles comparing the differences.
In the end, I decided to go with neither haha. Both were too expensive! I wanted to try making my own Pour Over coffee without having to spend a lot. This weekend, I found a Pour Over Coffee Maker at TJMaxx marked down to $10! The “coffee maker” is the cup. This cup fits right into any coffee mug. Obviously, I had to buy it. It was the Primula brand, which you can also find at Bed Bath & Beyond. I was excited that I found a ceramic Pour Over Coffee Maker because I had read that the stainless steel ones (although convenient) leave a slightly metallic taste behind.
Pour Over Coffee vs. “Regular Coffee”
I have only made this coffee twice now, but let me tell you, my life has changed. The first time I made it, it took me about ten minutes from start to finish. This includes getting the coffee beans out, grinding them, filling up the water, etc. The second time, only six minutes. I’m getting faster! 🙂
Even though this takes a few minutes more than using a K-Cup, it is really fun! Drinking coffee from a pot, or a Keurig is more about needing the caffeine. Making Pour Over coffee is more than that, it is an experience. It’s fun having learning how to use a Gooseneck Kettle properly while pouring coffee, and you feel as if you are creating something. The whole process feels artsy.
Not only is it fun to make, but it tastes fantastic. If I had to use one word to describe it, I would say smooth. You can actually taste the coffee, and it is good coffee. Typically, I put a splash of almond milk or cashew milk in my coffee. Sometimes I even use a flavored creamer. Not with this coffee. Black is perfect.
The (only) Negative
The only drawback to making Pour Over coffee is that it only makes one cup! And, if you are like me, you want some more.
- Coffee Beans – Whole, do not grind them until you need to use them! This will keep them fresh.
- Gooseneck Electric Kettle – So much easier than a stovetop kettle
- Coffee Grinder
- Pour Over Coffee Maker/Liner – Apparently, the bleached white liners work best because they taste less papery. However, to me, this just screams chemicals. I opted for the nonbleached.
I watched a few YouTube videos before making my first cup so that I would know what I was doing! Who knew that there were thousands of people so passionate about Pour Over Coffee? I now know SO much more than I did a week ago!
All of the videos recommended the same things. A few videos recommended a kitchen scale so that you can weigh your coffee grounds before making your cup. I really didn’t want to spend any more, so I opted not to do this.
Fill electric kettle with 6-8 oz of water, grind three tablespoons of coffee in a grinder.
- Place the paper filter in the Coffee Maker, and coat the edges with steaming water. This makes the paper stick to the sides and rinses out the paper taste.
- Place the ground coffee in the filter. Make sure it is fine/medium ground. Indent the coffee in the middle.
- Using the Gooseneck Kettle, pour water into the middle. Wait 30 seconds before pouring the remaining water.
- Slowly pour the remaining water from the kettle in a circular motion. Make sure to not pour the water on the edges of the filter. The water should not rise above the coffee grounds. This should take about two-three minutes.
- That’s it! Enjoy! 🙂
How cute is this mug?! One of my students gave it to me! 🙂
Would I Recommend Making Your Own Pour Over Coffee?
100%! I would start off on the cheaper end and purchase a less-expensive Pour Over Coffee Maker to see if you making it first. Now that I know that I enjoy making it, and love the taste, so I am going to buy a nicer Hario V60 later on. I also think the Hario just looks pretty. 🙂