A Beginners Guide to Pour Over Coffee Brewing

Manual Coffee Brewing Systems

Manual brewers have become commonplace all over the coffee world—from cafes to restaurants to your friend's kitchen counter it's likely that you've seen at least one recently. The explosion in the popularity of manually brewed coffee through the last handful of years has brought forth a whole host of different brewers (both new designs as well as time-tested classics), each working just a little differently from the next one. Pour over drippers especially have grown in popularity, becoming the easiest brewers to find and also becoming increasingly diverse with different shapes, sizes, filter materials, and usage recommendations. So then, where do you start if you want to get brewing on your own? Have no fear, The Beginner’s Guide to Pour Over Coffee Brewing is here! In this article we’ll cover general brewing tips and as many pour over brewers as we can, and if you’re more of an immersion kind of coffee drinker we’ve got a whole guide for you to check out too.

Brewing Tips

With a few guidelines, a couple of gadgets, and a willingness to experiment to learn what you love, you can become a master brewer in no time. These recommendations should get you headed in the right direction with almost any brewer you choose, but remember that the fastest way to learn will be to brew, taste, adjust, and record results while you’re getting a handle on your new gear.

A note: it’s most efficient to adjust one variable at a time as you’re updating your recipe. The relationships between the variables below gets complex and wildly unpredictable even for professionals if you adjust too many details too quickly. Take your time and make it easy on yourself—a little patience will go a long way.

The Gear: You don’t need a hundred accessories to make good coffee, but there are some items that are necessary for consistent quality. A good burr grinder, a slow-pouring kettle, and a gram scale, are must have items for pour over brewers. We also recommend a thermometer to keep an eye on temperature stability if you choose a kettle that doesn’t have a temperature display built in.

The Grind: Grind consistency and uniformity is the single most important variable in brewing consistently quality coffee. Luckily, it’s also one of the easiest coffee problems to solve with the right equipment. Once you have a good burr grinder it will be easier to experiment with what works for you, but the general guideline to bear in mind is that the finer the grind the shorter the contact time that brew should require (and vice-versa). So, that medium-coarse ground Chemex will need a longer brew time than a medium-fine ground V60 brew. Ideal grind size will also be dependent on batch size for many brewers, so your small 01 size V60 will need a finer grind than your larger 02 size V60. This is a good variable to experiment with as you’re dialing in your process—if your coffee is coming out consistently thin, weak, or sour, try a finer grind setting; if your coffee is coming out consistently bitter, harsh, or brothy, try a coarser grind setting.

The Ratio: Your coffee brew ratio will be the basis of your recipe. Many professionals say 60g of coffee per every 1 liter of water used, or to rephrase those numbers, approximately 1g of coffee per every 16.7g of water. Any brew ratio from 1:15 to 1:17 will fall within specialty coffee standards, but adjusting this ratio will have drastic effects on other variables in your brew, so I recommend finding one you like and sticking with it until you feel confident about the other variables you control.

The Water: You’ll see it over and over again on this website, but the importance of quality water for brewing cannot be overstated. It will keep your gear in good shape, and it will help your coffee shine to its fullest potential. You won’t need in-line filtration at home (unless, of course, you’re into that idea), but mixing up your own high quality water is getting easier and easier all the time. These options from Global Customized Water and Third Wave Water are tough to beat for low cost, high grade brew water.

The Temperature: If you try hard enough you can brew coffee with any temperature water you like (hello, cold brew), and it can be difficult to nail down a singularly agreed upon “best temperature” for brewing. The SCA says that the ideal temperature range for brewing coffee is 195°F–205°F (90.5°C–96°C) when water contacts ground coffee. Other professionals say water right off the boil (212°F/100°C) works best, while numerous Aeropress Championship recipes call for water at 176°F/80°C. What we can say for sure is that stability is important no matter which brew temperature you choose, so preheating your brewer thoroughly to make sure that you don’t lose too much heat too quickly will be very important for your consistency as a brewer.

The Brewers


Hario V60 02 Red Ceramic Brewer
Medium-fine grind setting for V60


A classic now in modern coffee, the V60 is the standard for a cone-shaped pour over dripper. Notably, its spiraled ridges inside of the brewer promote even extraction through the entire bed of coffee, and its availability in 5 different material options (glass, ceramic, plastic, copper, and steel), 3 different sizes (01, 02 and 03, intended for approximately 350ml, 600ml, and 1L brews respectively), and loads of colors means that you can find a brewer that works (and looks) perfect for you.


A medium-fine grind is typically best for a brew around 400ml. Plan to adjust finer or coarser depending on your batch and brewer size.


Start by placing your filter into the brewer and rinsing your filter thoroughly with hot water. Add your coffee, start your timer, and pour 10-15% of your total brew water evenly over the grounds. After 30 seconds have elapsed on your timer begin adding the rest of your water to the brewer; keep a slow and even pour, moving in concentric circles from the center outward (up to ~¼” from the edge of the brewer). Continue until you’ve added water to your desired brew ratio and let all of the water finish flowing through the brewer. Total brew time should be around 3 minutes for a brew around 400ml; expect faster brew times around 2 minutes for smaller brews, and brew times getting as long as 5–6 minutes for 1L brews in your 03 size V60.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Hario’s V60 Filters do a great job at producing clarity in the cup without getting in the way with much of the paper flavor that can be difficult to avoid with other paper-filtered brewers. The unique ridged design of the brewer also helps facilitate even extraction better than most conical drippers, reinforcing why the V60 is so popular all over the coffee world.

While the V60 does a better job than most at encouraging even extraction it will still require care in brewing; the large single outlet, fast flow time, and a finer grind setting than is required by many other brewers will all contribute to the delicate balancing act necessary to really control your results. The rewards of mastery will be great, but the learning curve might take little time.

Check out our V60 Listing and V60 Brewing Guide for more information.


Chemex Brewer with Prima Coffee diner mug
Medium-coarse ground coffee for Chemex


Arguably the most classic piece of brewing equipment still available today, the Chemex marries science and design with its unibody borosilicate glass brew cone and decanter, Chemex-Bonded® filter paper, and museum-worthy styling. Available in 3, 6, 8, and 10 cup sizes, detailed with either a sleek glass handle or a light colored wooden collar the Chemex does well at giving you enough variety without getting in the way of the simplicity that has sustained the brewer for three-quarters of a century.


Medium to medium-coarse is recommended for most brews. Plan to adjust according to batch size, following that a 400ml brew will need to be a bit finer than a 1L brew.


Insert your Chemex filter into the brewing cone with three layers of filter paper against the side of the brewer with the spout, rinse thoroughly with hot water and dispose of the rinse water. Add your coffee, start your timer, and pour 10-15% of your total brew water evenly over the grounds. After 30 seconds have elapsed on your timer begin adding the rest of your water to the brewer in stages; keep a slow and even pour and ensure that you don’t pour water directly down the sides of the filter. Continue pouring water in pulses until reaching your target brew ratio; allow all of the brew water finish flowing through the coffee bed before discarding your filter. Total brew time should be 4–5 minutes for most brews in your 6, 8, or 10 cup Chemex.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Thanks to its proprietary filters, the Chemex brews the lightest bodied and cleanest cup of coffee of any paper filtered brewer available. Slower flow rate and a longer contact time than other brewers helps to facilitate a good extraction easily, which helps to showcase the full spectrum of flavor that particular coffees have. And (very importantly) you can trust that this time-tested design isn’t going out of style any time soon.

The upsides can be downsides though, as the Chemex will always lack body compared to other brewers—if you’re looking for a full and rich tactile experience then this brewer isn’t for you. Also, the all-in-one brewer + decanter means that if you break one part you really break them both (as I’ve tried to explain to my cat on more than one occasion).

Check out our Chemex listings and our Comparison of Chemex Recipes for more information.


Able Kone Filter with Chemex Brewer
Medium ground coffee for the Kone filter


This stainless-steel filter is designed to be used in place of the Chemex paper filters in any of the 6, 8, and 10 cup Chemex brewers. Photo etched holes allow coffee oils and some solids into your brew, filling out the body and texture while keeping your coffee from having too much sediment.


A medium grind will be a great starting point for the KONE.


Insert the KONE into your Chemex brewer and preheat with hot water, disposing of the rinse water before moving on (with the KONE this mostly serves to preheat your Chemex to help your brewed coffee stay warm in the server). Add your coffee, start your timer, and pour 10-15% of your total brew water evenly over the grounds. After 30 seconds have elapsed on your timer begin adding the rest of your water to the brewer in stages; keep a slow and even pour, ensuring that you don’t pour water directly down the sides of the KONE. Continue pouring water in pulses until reaching your target brew ratio; allow all of the brew water finish flowing through the coffee bed before pulling your filter and discarding the grounds. Be sure to rinse the KONE thoroughly with hot water after use. Total brew time should be around 4 minutes.

Advantages & Disadvantages

More than just a reusable alternative to the paper filters, the KONE changes the sort of coffee you have the potential to make with your Chemex. Highlighting body and acidity in a way that the classic paper filters can’t—paired with its improvement in your brewing sustainability and a Made in the USA stamp—this is a great option for people who love their Chemex but are ready to take the relationship to the next level.

Buying a KONE is going to cost you though, and for that reason it’s worth considering it an investment in a new brewer, rather than just an accessory for your beloved Chemex.

Check out our KONE listing for more information.

Bee House

Bee House Dripper with white coffee mugs
Medium ground coffee for a Bee House Dripper


The Bee House dripper features a ceramic body and a wedge-shaped cone which fits the standard #2 and #4 filters. It sits comfortably on top of most mugs, as well as the Hario and Kalita servers. While the Bee House is in effect a cone dripper, its bottom is flat and sports two small holes through which brewed coffee flows, as well as a little window that lets you see your brew filling your mug or server while you work.


A medium grind setting works well with the Bee House.


Fold the seam of your filter over to fit flush in your brewer (this also prevents tearing of the filter during brewing), insert into the brewing cone, and rinse thoroughly with hot water. Add your coffee, start your timer, and pour 10-15% of your total brew water evenly over the grounds. After 30 seconds have elapsed on your timer begin adding the rest of your water to the brewer; keep a slow and even pour focusing on trying to keep the water level consistently ~2cm below the top of the brewer. Continue until you’ve added water to your desired brew ratio and let all of the water finish flowing through the brewer. Total brew time should be around 3:30.

Advantages & Disadvantages

The Bee House offers an easier learning curve than most other conical brewers; its design encourages a slower flow rate and permits a coarser grind, which contributes to the forgiving nature of the brewer. The filters are easy to find in any grocery store, making this a lower maintenance brewer than drippers that require specialty filters.

The ease of use for the Bee House does mean that you have a little less control than with many other conical drippers though, so its flexibility as a brewer suffers just a touch for its user-friendly design.

Check out our Bee House listing for more information.

Kalita Wave

Kalita Wave Dripper
Medium-coarse ground coffee for the Kalita Wave


Growing over the years to be nearly as ubiquitous as the Hario V60, the Wave dripper is the standard by which all flat-bottomed brewers are measured. Available in 2 sizes and 3 different materials there’s a Wave for more than one application. Three small outlets on the bottom, sloping walls, and Kalita’s wave-shaped filters come together to make a brewer that is hearty, easy to use, and rock-steady.


A medium-coarse grind is ideal for both sizes of the Wave dripper. You’ll need to grind finer if you brew less than the intended amount of coffee for the brewer though, meaning less than a 20g coffee dose in the 155 size, or less than a 30g dose in the 185.


Place your filter into the brewing cone and rinse thoroughly with hot water. When rinsing, be sure to pour only into the center of the filter, avoid pouring onto the ridges as the filter may collapse if you pour directly onto them. Add your coffee, start your timer, and pour 10-15% of your total brew water evenly over the grounds. After 30 seconds have elapsed on your timer begin adding the rest of your water to the brewer; keep a slow and even pour focusing on trying to keep the water level consistently 1–2cm below the top of the brewer. Continue until you’ve added water to your desired brew ratio and let all of the water finish flowing through the brewer. Total brew time should be around 3:30.

An important note: because of its flat design and medium-coarse grind, the Wave does best with a deeper bed of coffee grounds than some other brewers require. The 155 size brewer will perform well for brews up to ~14 fl oz, while the 185 size should be reserved for 16 fl oz and greater.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Consistent and maybe as easy as a pour over dripper gets, the Kalita Wave has become an industry standard that has spurred the production of more than one brewer borrowing from its design. The variety of sizes and materials means there’s a Wave for everyone, and the stainless steel version seems to be particularly indestructible under any circumstance.

The Wave’s proprietary filters are great, but run a touch more expensive than most coffee filters you can find for other brewers. Also, while the dripper produces good coffee for brewers at any skill level, it struggles to be as dynamic as some of its cone-shaped counterparts.

Check out our Kalita Wave listing and comparison of Kalita Wave recipes for more information.


Walkure Bayreuth Porcelain Dripper with two white mugs
Medium ground coffee for the Walkure


A brewer unlike any other on this list, Walkure’s brewers are entirely porcelain, including the filtration set up. Moving away from cloth, paper, or metal, the Walkure brewers work by using the bed of coffee itself as a filter, resting atop a dual-layer porcelain grid to separate the ground coffee from the carafe. A self-contained server at the base, filter in the brewing chamber, dispersion plate for consistent water introduction, and lid for heat retention make these into functional little German packages that are easy to use for almost anyone.


Medium to medium-coarse should work well for this brewer. Grind consistency can be especially important here because a grinder that produces too many fines (super-fine coffee particles) will result in an unpleasantly silty brew.


Start by thoroughly (and I mean thoroughly) preheating the brewer. Add ground coffee to the brewing chamber and top it off with the dispersion plate. Start your timer and pour 10–15% of your total brew water, let the coffee bloom until reaching 30 seconds on your timer. Continue adding your remaining brew water steadily, aiming to maintain a consistent water level in the brewing chamber, until reaching your target brew ratio. Let all of the brew water flow through the grounds, reaching a total brew time around 4:00, then dispose of your spent grounds and thoroughly rinse your brewing chamber.

Advantages & Disadvantages

At its best, the Walkure brewing system produces drip coffee free of sediment and silt, but full of flavor, coffee oils, and luxurious texture. No paper (or even cloth) filter means less waste when brewing and fewer items to keep on hand for your caffeine routine. The flat bed shape of the brewer and dispersion plate make even extraction achievable with little effort. And no matter which style of the Walkure you get, you end up with either a beautiful modern take on German ceramics or a beautiful classic look at German ceramics.

At its worst, the Walkure can be a heat sink and produce a gritty brew depending entirely on the user’s input. Requiring substantial preheating and a grind consistency beyond the tolerance of most brewers, there are certainly a few considerations to bear in mind.

Check out our Walkure listings and How to Brew guide for more information.


Hario Woodneck Dripper
Medium-fine ground coffee for the Hario Woodneck


The only pour over brewer on our list made to be used specifically with a cloth filter, the Woodneck stands alone. A wire hoop to hold the filter, glass body including decanter, and a wooden collar is all you need for clean and crisp brews.


A medium-fine to medium grind should be a good starting place for the Woodneck.


Start by placing your filter into the brewer and rinsing thoroughly with hot water. Add your coffee, start your timer, and pour 10-15% of your total brew water evenly over the grounds. After 30 seconds have elapsed on your timer begin adding the rest of your water to the brewer; keep a slow and even pour, moving in concentric circles from the center outward up to ~¼” from the edge of the brewer. Continue until you’ve added water to your desired brew ratio and let all of the water finish flowing through the grounds and filter. Total brew time should be around 3:30 on your timer.

Advantages & Disadvantages

If you love cloth filtered coffee then this is the brewer for you. Super clean coffee and less waste than a paper filtered brewer, the Woodneck produces coffee like few other brewers can.

Of course, all of that clarity comes with a lack of body and texture in the cup, and the cloth filter means active upkeep after every brew if you want it to stay clean and pristine.

Check out our Woodneck listing for more information.

December Dripper


Borrowing heavily from the Kalita Wave’s design, the December Dripper sets itself apart by making itself the right brewer for any size batch of manually brewed coffee. With a 4-stage variable flow rate adjustment built into the base of the brewer this stainless-steel dripper can brew up to a liter comfortably, and still has the flexibility to execute a 6 fl oz drip brew no problem.


Thanks to the variable flow rate, a medium to medium-coarse will work for nearly any brew you’re going for regardless of batch size (assuming that you’re using the right flow rate!).


Place your filter into the brewing cone and rinse thoroughly with hot water; be sure to only pour in the center of the filter to pre-heat and not into the ripples, this helps to avoid collapsing the filter’s shape. Add your coffee, start your timer, and pour 10-15% of your total brew water evenly over the grounds. After 30 seconds have elapsed on your timer begin adding the rest of your water to the brewer; keep a slow and even pour focusing on trying to keep the water level consistently 1–2cm below the top of the brewer. Continue until you’ve added water to your desired brew ratio and let all of the water finish flowing through the brewer. Total brew time should be around 3:30.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Geometry to encourage even extraction, slick looking stainless-steel construction, and the couldn’t-be-easier-to-adjust flow rate highlight some of what sets this brewer apart from the pack. Need a big brew to share? A little brew for an afternoon pick-me-up? A brewer that lets you experiment with immersion steeping before percolation brewing? The December can do any of it.

Despite its stainless steel construction the December Dripper can be a bit fragile—the seal between the brewer’s cone and base can leak if knocked askew, and if the flow-rate gasket becomes misaligned it will take an allen wrench and a little patience to get everything back ship shape.

Check out our December Dripper listing and Four Ways to Brew for more information.

We want to hear from you! Which pour-over brewers do you love? What techniques and parameters are you using? Are there any brewers that you’d love to see on our list? Comment below and let’s talk about it—we’re always so excited to learn something new from you! And don’t forget to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Immersion Brewing, while you’re at it!

Happy (pour-over) brewing, y’all.

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espresso grind works well for a Keurig and pour over. Bought a bag at Costco and they ground it medium course no flavour come out on a 1 cup melitta. the expresso roast is a little finer but works almost too well in getting the flavour out. 1 step above a expresso roast would probably be ideal. So for one cups that is my choice not sure how it will work in my cuisinart coffee maker but should be good.

Bodin, the french-press folks, make one also.

Bodum pour over with permanent filter. Coffee ground in a Vitamix blender to a medium fine. Water right at 212. 4 scoops. VERY bold, never sour. Great extraction and very strong. I'm very happy. Great post BTW. Thanks.

Good article, I love how comprehensive it is! I have been playing around with the Kalita for a while now but it has definitely convinced me that i might need to try some of the others :)

I appreciate this post so much. Informative and concise, no digging required. If I wanted to move to an electric grinder from a LIDO 3. What electric grinder do you guys think would give the same grind quality?

Thanks Vijay!

This is amaing !!

Thank you Robert, happy to hear it!

Excellent suggestions and descriptions...as always.

If one doesn't have a slow-pouring kettle, using a butter knife as a water slide of sorts to guide a slow steam of hot water into the center of the grinds without causing splashing seems to work okay.

I have a v60 Hario dripper, Has anyone ever tried just first brewing it direct as coffee cupping brewing (but like for two minutes - depending on the grind) mixing it and then running/filtering it through the pour over? What it does its more consistent, as all of the coffee is brewed at once and can totally be controlled.

Have you try Kono Meimon? I am very curious about it.

I have a Tricolator (similar to Chemex method but separate plastic cone filter holder) which I used until filters were no longer available and I didn't want to pay the price for Chemex filters. I switched to Braun coffeemakers until my last one died and I couldn't find them for $10.99 on eBay anymore. I dug out my old Tricolator, improvised a filter but it was a hassle. I went to the trash, retrieved the Braun and pried out the filter holder and now I just perch the filter holder in the Tricolator cone so the Melitta filters will fit and do the pour over. I had forgotten how much better pour over coffee is. I may just keep going as is as long as I can keep my Tricolator carafe intact.

On a dollar store budget I use a funnel and #2 cone filter and am pretty happy with the results. I have just moved into a new place in a new state via greyhound so was unable to bring my electric drip coffee maker and got creative initially to "tide " me over until I got a new one. But I like coffee from the pour over method enough to just stick to it. In a bind in the past I have just used a basket filter and a small sieve set over the cup and it worked well too.

Hey Vincent. None of the methods above make espresso, but we have a handy guide for selecting espresso equipment, part of our Learning Center series on espresso. Take a look!

Which one is the best for making espresso? Cause almost all of delicious coffee varieties are based on espresso. Btw it's an amazing blog

Thank you for the response. I ended up purchasing the Chemex 6 cup. I also bought a metal grid for the stove. I used my Chemex for the first time today and I must say I am hooked!

Hey there, thank you for making such an informative blog on pour overs. As I am the proud owner of a La Pavoni Europiccola and Gaggia MDF grinder, I have become very sensitive to the intricacies and subtle nuances in extracting delicious espresso. I am honestly humbled and learn something new daily. Having said that, what pour over method would you recommend for me? I'm very intrigued aesthetically by the Chemex glass caraffes and have also been lucky enough to taste coffee from one. There are definitely many bright and sweet notes in this cup of coffee experience. Having said that, I would probably buy beans that were already citrusy, fruity and sweet in nature to accommodate what this brewing method so very well accentuates. I am very open to the more challenging and less forgiving pour over methods. Wishing you many delicious cups of coffee during the winter season. Hillel

34 oz, or roughly 1 liter is quite easy to brew manually, but not every manual brewing method can accommodate that volume. We've found that a Chemex, V60, or Kalita Wave can manage 1 liter brews (the latter with great care), but haven't played much with a Clever doing the same. The large sized Clever - when used to steep coffee - works best for about 12-16 fl oz brews. As a pourover dripper, however, it does have a larger capacity. You could indeed use it solely as a pour over dripper, or combine steeping and pour over techniques to make a sort of hybrid brew. Time-wise, a full 1 liter brew can be completed in around 5 minutes (assuming your water is already hot), and that should be achievable for any pour over method you wish to use.

The Chemex will certainly brew a larger volume than the Style Set, but the Kalita is a bit more forgiving for a first timer. If volume is your main consideration, we'd recommend going with a Chemex. And while the Chemex and Style Set won't keep your coffee warm for hours (they're meant to be served just after brewing, not stored in the brewer for long periods), we do also offer insulated carafes you can use to keep your brew warm for longer periods of time. The GINO server by notNeutral is a double wall glass carafe that will keep 20 ounces of coffee warm for about two hours, and we've also got some more conventional carafes by Zojirushi that will keep a liter or more warm for longer.

What can we say? We value being thorough wherever we can!

Fine blog..I like what everyone is saying about the clever, (I'm a newbie to home brewing). My question, I would like to be able to brew multiple cups of coffee at once instead of a a single cup brew. Which method would you recommend? I've seen pour over coffee makers that can brew 34 Oz or so, however a friend uses the clever instead ofor pour over for time sake. Would a 34 Oz brewer take a long time? Would love feedback!

Coffee cooling is a wonderful way of experiencing different aspects of the coffee. I'm afraid artificially warming will do more harm than good. If you are talking about keeping one cup warm, drink a bit faster!! If it's multiple cups, get an insulated thermos. A good double walled coffee cup will help too.

Im torn, I am a first timer at the pour over method and looking to buy my first set. I am leaning toward the Kalita Wave series Wave style set over the Chemex but am concerned about the size of the Kalita being too small. Also, how do you keep the coffee warm as I am a slow drinker????

that was hell too extensive!

Aeropress! It's self-cleaning and you can even reuse the filters in a pinch. Yeah it's not as "I did it on my own," but it's really easy and brews an amazing cup.

Forgot to add the DIY method. Boil water, using a traditional basket filter stick it into a 2-cup coffee mug (I use a travel mug from Einstein bagels), add 4 scoops of coffee grounds, adjust filter up/down until top of grounds bed is ~1/4" below rim of mug, flourish filter down and around the outside of mug and secure to mug with a rubberband or collar of choice (I use a velcro strip), and pour water evenly and slowly over grounds until it stops seeping into mug. Remove filter collar, then carefully (hot) remove and discard filter with grounds. Enjoy your great tasting coffee knowing there is no clean-up, no wasted grounds, and didn't purchase crazy contraptions to achieve it. I started doing this after my coffee machine broke and accidentally breaking my french press when emptying out the grounds =)

Brew time doesn't have to be the same for every batch, but the same general range of 3-4:00 is a good target for most brews. Generally, larger brews will trend toward that upper limit by their very nature, but brews that drift over 5:00 or more tend to taste more overextracted regardless of ratio. At a certain point, there is too much extraction going on (in a drip brew, anyway, immersion brews behave a little differently), and the coffee's taste begins to suffer. But in any case, play around and experiment! See how a 4:30 brew tastes versus a 3:00 brew of the same coffee and same ratio. Tweak the grind a little bit and taste the results. There are very few hard and fast rules in coffee, so just about everything is open to tweaking.

Brilliant. Great technique. Of course as this is a coffee blog. I recently had this arabica coffee as a gift from my mother. So I pour half of tea spoon and I could not sleep until it was very late. Whoo.. I rarely drink coffee and as I had a gift, I need to try drink it, don't you? So it was rough and I think it needs some brewing like you have just explained. Thank you!

The one thing I'm not exactly clear on is why the brew time is firm for all volumes of water. Correct me if I'm wrong but what you are implying by this is that you want the water to flow through faster if you have a higher volume of water and slower if you have a low volume of water. Would that not make the smaller brew batch stronger than the larger brew batch?

Awesome work Philippe!

Not sure if anyone else would be interested but I used the 60g of coffee to 1 Liter of water (1000 g or 1 kg of water) and broke down per cup to make it easier to select.. Hope my math is correct but this is what I came up with..

Well, that depends on how you like to brew your Aeropress, Robert! The Aeropress is a versatile device, and you can actually use it as a pour over-style brewer if you want, which would give you results not unlike a V60 brew. We like the Aeropress for its ability to quickly brew a cup, combining the richness of full-immersion with the clean flavors of a drip brew. Your typical pour over brew is going to be a little cleaner and crisper than an Aeropress brew, but it will of course take a few more minutes to get it done than the Aeropress will.

Finally, now I know what ratio of coffee to water to use with pour over. The internet is positively littered with guides to using the Chemex and such, but no one tells you what quantities to use! Thank you.

We do think that a burr grinder is a worthwhile investment, Barbara, but it needn't break the bank! In fact, we have a few hand grinders made by Hario which fall under $50, and are more than capable of a great brew.

All very helpful and informative, if one can afford a burr grinder?

This is fantastic!! I live in Dallas, which, as you likely know, is currently experiencing a "sort of boom" in specialty coffee shops and roasting. Because of this, tastes are changing in this region and well-informed, experienced, and even unconventional coffee aficionados are opening up new shops or lending their passion to current coffee houses. That being said, people like myself who have had a growing love of coffee for decades, are shifting their understanding of quality and learning to enjoy every part of the process while experimenting with various brewing methods. Thank you for a truly helpful (and unpretentious, non-snooty) introduction to myriad ways of brewing excellent coffee! If you come to Dallas, check out Fully City Rooster, Method, Ascension, Cultivar, Mudsmith, The Life House, and Oddfellows, to name a few.

Hey Erik. You should be able to apply the same approach from the Bee House to your Bonmac dripper. As tapered cone brewers, they are fairly similar in design, and the real difference will end up being the drain rate. You'll want to adjust your grind to hit your desired brew time - grind finer to extend the time, coarser to shorten it - but otherwise the recipe will be more or less the same.

Thanks Rayner, we appreciate you take a look!

This is just a sublime blog... Terrific job... it covered most brewers out there... was easy to understand and in fact... was the most comprehensive...in terms of comparing brewers (most blogs dont compare the V60, Kalita, Beehouse, Chemex, Chemex with Kone, and Walkure together in one article... - Rayner Tan (a barista from Kuala Lumpur)

This is a great article! I have a question, I am brewing with a bon mac pro dripper, are there any tips you have about brewing with that setup? If not which previously described method would be the most similar to the one I have? Thanks!

Hi there, Jamie. For a full liter brew, we'd want to target a 4-5 minute brew time with the Chemex. The filter tends to adhere to the glass walls, so drainage can be a bit slow, hence the longer brew time. And yes, you would have to grind coarser than for a smaller brew, that's correct.

Hey, Great blog. Lots of information to learn from. Just have a question regarding Chemex brewing. I have been brewing with a 6 cup chemex and have been doing a ratio of 60 g coffee to 1000 mL of water (1:16.6 ratio). I'm finding its taking over 7 minutes to fully pour through that much water. Is that expected to take that long? or am I needing to make my grind coarser? Thanks!

BTW, I was completely remiss in not extending my genuine appreciation and thanks for all the help and information on your website. If it hadn't been for my longing for, but sudden urge to rid myself of my crappy Keurigs, I would have purchased my Chemex, Bonavita kettle, and Baratza grinder from Prima. You can rest assured that in the future, my loyalty will be with you. You guys are an invaluable resource. My pent-up desire for a decent cup of coffee turned me into a "man on a mission," and thus the mission got accomplished in a single day.

We're glad to hear it John! It's a pretty distinct difference, isn't it? As for the Chemex capacities, it's important to note that when it comes to coffee, there is no standard measurement for one "cup." Often, it falls somewhere between 4-6 fluid ounces, as is the case with Chemex. Your 6 cup Chemex will comfortably hold 30 ounces of brewed coffee, meaning Chemex's idea of a cup is 5 fl oz. of coffee. This is similar to the majority of coffee brewers on the market - it's very rare for one cup to mean 8 ounces, as it would in cooking. Hope that helps, John, happy brewing!

Finally discarded both my Keurig K-cup and Keurig Vue machines and purchased a 6 cup Chemex and Baratza Encore burr grinder. Purchased some Starbucks beans and wow, finally after all this time, I finally got a real cup of coffee. 30 grams of coffee to 16 oz of water. One observation: Chemex stated capacity size needs to be adjusted downward by 2 cups (6 cups are really 4 cups since the filter takes up 1/3 of the container) Assume that similar adjustments need to be made on Chemex's other stated capacities as well. Very satisfied with Chemex!!!

Thanks for the reply! Will definitely give that a go.

Yes we have, Ivy, and we liked them so much we're now carrying them! Cloth filters like CoffeeSock's are a great alternative to paper, creating a brew with a little more body than before. You get something with a bit more richness, a fuller mouthfeel, but no grit thanks to the fine cloth. A Woodneck will have a little more body because it's a different type of cloth, and the brewing process is slightly different, but the flavor is very similar.

Have you tried brewing with a cloth filter (ex. Coffee Sock) and Chemex? Just curious how it might compare to the Woodneck!

I don't actually have a steam wand at the moment... I'm just using a aerolatte to create microfoam. Thanks a million for your quick responses. You're great!

Both pitchers would be perfectly capable of latte art, but one thing to consider is the power of your steam wand. It can be somewhat difficult to use a small pitcher with a commercial machine due to the sheer power of the steam - though it is certainly not impossible. For latte art purposes, baristas all over have different preferences; some will want more breathing room and a larger pitcher, and others want the perfect size for the drink they're making. You could really go either way!

Thanks for your answer! Do you mind if I ask off-topic? Would it be easier to pour latte art with a larger or smaller milk pitcher? Eg. the Motta Europa 350ml vs 500ml? I would be pouring for one cup, so frothing the right amount of milk in the 350ml version seems much more appropriate; but I see some skilled baristas transfer their frothed milk into different sized pitchers. Is it because larger pitchers are better for latte art? Thanks again.

There shouldn't be too much difference with the larger size, and you may end up appreciating the leeway to make larger batches on occasion. Turbulence should not be a problem if you're careful about your pouring, and if you're using a gooseneck kettle, just get the spout as close to the coffee as you can. We like a slow pour, sometimes even a trickle, and a relatively fine grind, and we don't always brew a full capacity. No complaints here!

Hi, assuming I was to only make one cup of coffee on each occasion, using the Hario Woodneck, should I get the large 480ml or small 260ml? Is there any difference in the quality of the cup brewed? Is it true the large version will create more turbulence if brewing with less grounds? I really don't know which to buy. Thanks for any advice.

We think the V60 and Chemex are different enough that they both have their strengths and their weaknesses, and neither is truly better. The Chemex is perfect for a pot of crisp, clean coffee with accentuated acidity and low body. You won't want to pour too close to the sides with a Chemex, but as you've mentioned, it doesn't really matter too much because the side walls are smooth and the filter partially adheres to them. The V60 on the other hand is more focused on technique, and while it rewards precision with great flavor clarity and balanced sweetness, it can also produce less than stellar cups if you're not careful. Again, avoid the side walls when pouring, as you'll more or less be pouring water straight through the filter thanks to the V60's deep ridges. You may want to quickly pour around the side to wash down "high and dry" grounds once or twice during brewing, but otherwise you should focus your pours primarily around the center of the brew bed. The V60's capacity is also limited, and we find it works best with 2-4 cups, whereas the Chemex can produce up to a liter or more with ease. The two brewing methods are equally enjoyable, but for different reasons, if that makes sense. We're big fans of both, and brew with them just about every day in the office!

Forgive me for being confused. My tastebuds are from the neanderthal era. The V60 has ridges to allow filters from the sides of the filter. The chemex is smooth. So which one is better? Actually, which technique is better -- drip through bottom only OR through the sides??

I need one of these in a self contained format with the water heater, filtration, and the decanter all in one unit. I'd like this on my desk at work!

Thank you so much for your very knowledgeable reply! I'm looking forward to an eventual blog post on pouring technique! I've now gotten the pour to the point where it never leaves grounds stuck to the sides of the filter after draining through all the way -- it's a solid flat bed of grounds afterwards! Getting a proper conical burr grinder has helped a lot in this respect, as the coffee doesn't drain through the filter as quickly anymore, and obviously, has resulted in more extraction as it takes a longer time.

Nancy, there's almost another whole blog's worth to write about pouring techniques. They seem to be as multitude and distinct as coffee varieties themselves! To address your points: A. Yes, many professionals recommend a pre-wet or "bloom" phase, where a little water is poured over the grinds to allow them to de-gas, before proceeding with the brew. We mention this in our techniques above, as we've found that our brews are more consistent when we pre-wet our coffee for a bloom stage. Allow 30-45 seconds after wetting before continuing your pours, and do include the pre-wet time in your total brew time. You shouldn't see many, if any, bubbles after blooming. B. We're undecided on this one. Some say it results in a more even extraction, or that it allows you to better saturate your coffee during the bloom. But we haven't found that it guarantees a better result, so try it and see if you like it! C. This is something we'd consider to be okay, an acceptable loss of a little bit of water during brewing. If you pour just a little bit of water as quickly as you can to wash those grounds down, the little bit that escapes the brew bed shouldn't do any harm. If you find you need rinse grounds down more than once, try keeping your water level more constant, and lower in the filter. We find that grounds are left "high and dry" when the brew bed is allowed to get quite full then drain most of the way, repeatedly. Your grounds will remain in contact with the water more if the brew bed is kept at a fairly constant level, and you shouldn't need to rinse grounds off the filter more than once. Thanks Nancy, hope that all helps!

Awesome post on the different cones! How about some more instruction on the actual act of pouring the water over the grinds? I've noticed a few things: a) if you pour too quickly in the beginning and don't wet the grounds enough, you get all these air bubbles coming up, b) I've seen some people recommend packing the grounds down a bit, yea or nay? c) it's really hard to get the grounds at the edge of the filter without just pouring onto the filter itself. Any tips you can give are appreciated!

Wow, thanks for a detailed response. I really appreciate your time and expertise!

You sure can brew 18 oz in a V60, if it's the 02 size. If you're careful about your grind and pouring technique, you can brew batches up to around 900 mL - roughly 30 oz - but a best practice would be to split batches larger than 600-700 mL into two brews. That way, your brew time is more controllable and you don't need to worry about fines quite as much. For 18 ounces, try about 32-36 grams of coffee, and increase or decrease to your taste.

I'm wondering what we think the maximum amount of coffee you can make with a V60 is. I'd like to put a V60 on top of my 18ounce thermos cup to make ~18 ounces of coffee and wondering: A: Whether we feel that's too much liquid for a V60 and what we feel the max would be!, and B: If we think it's OK for 18ish ounces, how much coffee would we use for that amount in a V60 (or how much coffee per cup is appropriate in a V60! Thanks for any response, D Flash in North Carolina

It definitely seems like there are more good options!

We hear you, Dave. Hopefully this post helps those that love their drip brews as much as you love your press!

Still nothing here to beat my french press, sorry. I get all of the flavor, all of the time.

No problem, Vic! The Vietnamese dripper, also known as the phin, is another type of pour over device. As you may know, it doesn't use paper or cloth filters, opting instead for a punched steel filter and dispersion screen. It's a little in a class of its own, as it does not require as careful attention to pouring as a Kone might, but the results will be similar to the Walkure. To brew, you'll load up your coffee into the bottom of the filter, then set the screen on top, pour your water slowly over the screen, and cover with the lid. It will take two minutes or so to fully trickle through, depending on how much coffee you use and how fine it is. You'll have a heavier body and a slightly oily cup, with a few traces of sediment. It's best to grind on the finer side of medium for a phin, in order to elongate the total brew time. Grinding too fine will choke the brewer, however, so you might try a couple settings first to get your desired flavor out of it. Phins are great for Vietnamese-style coffee (iced coffee in particular, with sweetened condensed milk!), and they're often quite cheap, sometimes even under $5.

Thanks for the great information! I was wondering if there are any differences between pour over coffee using an above method and the stainless steel Vietnamese dripper. Can you give me any information about a comparison of the two? Thanks!!!

Hi, Rick. You'll want to fold the seams of the filter over to prevent them from tearing during the brew. It's nothing too fancy, just fold right above the seams, crease, and drop the filter in. If you'd like a visual aid, check out our how-to video for the Clever Dripper. Chris folds his filter at about 1:15 in the video.

Hi - thanks for all of this great info!! One question, for the Bee House, you mention folding the filter before putting it into the funnel. Can you provide more details on that?

Hi Jojo. The scale is used to measure water weight during brewing. Weight is a more reliable way to brew with a consistent ratio, but if you prefer you can simply pre-measure your water by weight or volume. The scale method allows you to heat more water than you require for your brew, which can also improve temperature consistency during the brewing process.

Can i know why some people use a scale under the chemex...what is that for?

Really wonderful article, thanks for that! I have a Chemex of my own and I am going to try some of your tips right now :)

Hi, @manabiya:disqus! Great questions. Let's see... 1) We like all cloth filters because they offer incredible cup clarity (fewer coffee solids make it into the cup) and they don't inhibit the passage of flavorful oils. Cloth is fabulous in just about any brewer! 2) We've seen brewers just like the one you described. Assuming the filter itself is shaped similarly, there won't be a huge difference. The Woodneck may insulate better, improving temperature stability while brewing, but that's about it. Hope that helps!

Had a couple questions regarding cloth filters. First, in the review of the Woodneck above you gave praise to the cloth filter. Would that same praise ring true for cloth filters in a cone dripper (not Kone, just the usual paper filter cones)? Second, there's a cafe near me (in Japan) where the guy brews using a cloth filter on a handle, like the one in with the woodneck, but it is suspended on a custom built steel stand which just holds it over the pot (no poetion of the filter is in or touching the pot) so there is no glass surrounding the filter to cup it, it just drips straight from the cloth filter into the pot. How would you imagine this would affect the outcome? Love the blog! Thanks for all the hard work!

Hi. Thanks for your reply. The videos are still blank today but I have since tried videos on other sites and sometimes have the same issue..but not always which is strange. I will go ahead and send an email to your sales email for a double check but suspecting now that I have something on my PC that is blocking some videos..inconsistently which is strange. Really want to see your videos as they are really informative..Thanks again for your help !

Hi Bonnie, We're bummed that that the videos weren't working for you. Thanks for letting us know. Can you check again today? It may have been a problem with the company that hosts our videos. At least on our end the videos do seem to be working today http://prima-coffee.com/brewer/walkure-karlsbad-porcelain-pour-over-brewer. If you still can't watch them please shoot an email to sales@prima-coffee.com and we will figure out what is going on.

All the video boxes are black. I double checked that Adobe Flash Player is installed and activated. Last week I could view them. Is there perhaps an issue with the videos ? Any other ideas ? Thanks

Hi, Bonnie! Glad that you've decided to take the leap. If you're set on pour-over and plan to use a pouring kettle, the V60 might be the route to go. The plastic and ceramic models have especially wide bases and their filters are cheap. Hope that helps!

Hi. First off, thanks for the very detailed info on pour over options. I've tasted pour over brews at the coffee shops and am interested in purchasing one for home use. After reading the blog, I had about decided on the Bee House until I read a comment that the bottom dimension limits the size mug. Most of mine are 4.5 inches and up so the Bee House would be too small. With so many mugs already, I don't want to purchase more. The Kalita is tempting but I don't like that special filters have to be purchased. Can you suggest an alternative to the Bee House that is similar in design and ease of use ? Thanks

It sure will, OG! V60, Chemex, etc. As long as it's suspended over a vessel, it'll work. You could even hold it with one hand... ;)

Will the Kone fit any other dripper? Like the V60, for example. The Chemex obviously isn't a viable choice for traveling.

You'll enjoy it, Keegan! Very different results from the Chemex, and lots of fun.

I too am looking to go beyond my Chemex. I currently use a chemex, aeropress, and siphon, but I wanted another pour-over method because I just love new coffee things! I had not experienced a woodneck before, but I'm planning to order one now! :)

Good write up there. This thing is great. I've stopped grinding my own coffee, because with the inverted method any grind seems to work if you adjust the brewing time.

I'm a big fan, of the Aeropress, too, Aajaxx! Did you see our Guide to Immersion Brewing? It features your favorite brewer alongside some other great gear.

I use an Aerobee press. I can't imagine a better cup.

Thanks, also, Brian!

Thanks a heap, Amanda!

Agreed! The most helpful to the point (but not leaving out important details) pour over guide/coffee blog I have seen. :)

Excellent, thanks! Learning new terms every day... "Bypass brewing" is now my 2nd favorite coffee term behind "aroma taint". Also I misspelled "principles" above... sorry that drives me nuts (oh wait, I can edit it. nice)

What you're getting at is called "bypass brewing", NAD. If your brew is running long – or you just want to try something new! – you can cut it short and add the remaining water afterwards. Before resorting to that, though, I'd recommend letting the water run its course: finish the process, even if it's taking longer than usual, and taste the results. You may find that more time suits your taste! –Chris

When measuring out the amount of water, are you assuming that you let all the water drip through until the grounds are "dry"? Let's say you're pouring - I'm using the Bee House - and you hit the 3:30 or 4:00 minute mark of brewing, you're on the last pour but it's only about halfway done dripping. Is it better to stop at 4 minutes and just sacrifice that last bit of brew? When do you throw in the towel? Of course next time I probably need a coarser grind to shorten the brew time, but still wondering about the principles of this.

Hi Aaron! Good questions. We prefer to brew with a scale: just fill your kettle, boil your water, and pour. If you're not able to get your hands on a scale, you can measure beforehand – volume-loss while heating is pretty minimal, Some carafes do have volumetric markings, but we think you'll see best results with a more accurate means of measurement (e.g. scale, measuring cup, etc.). Hope that helps!

Nevermind. I think I figured it out. I see you can get a carafe with the measurements on there.

So I have all my pour over gear en route from Amazon and I'm pretty sure I have a handle on everything except how you're determining how much water you're using. Do you just measure with a liquid measuring cup beforehand? If that's the case is the volume-loss from evaporation during boiling minimal?

I should mention, the smaller strainer has much finer holes.. and sometimes I get little impatient and it pours over the sides, leaving sludge in the bottom of my cup, but even that is drinkable,.. gotta love your coffee for that.

Hello Volvo Guy... I, too, stumbled upon this method by accident, when my beloved Keurig broke. Admittedly, I had, somehow, stumbled upon a video, months earlier, demonstrating this method, and I was intrigued. What I ended up using was a small strainer, the metal sort, with a wooden handle, which fits perfectly over just about any size cup I choose, though I sometimes have to balance the handle across something else, until the grinds get wet. Inside the strainer, I place another, which is just a tiny bit smaller, as it fits perfectly inside the wooden handled one. I think it was, once upon a time, a round/ball tea strainer, not sure, it was at my mother's house. It snapped closed, but the two pieces had broken apart, so that I only used the one half. I bought a Hario single drip kettle with the very slim spout, for slower, more controlled pouring, and suddenly I had the best coffee ever! It does best with finely ground coffee. I pour intermittently, pouring from the center, out, until the grinds are all wet, then pour in a circular motion. I can always tell when it's done right, as it will be somewhat creamy foamy looking. If I use water that is too hot, there is no foam, at all, and it tastes burnt/bitter. Just right before boiling seems to be the key,for me. Still researching, for another way to drip it, but why mess up a good thing! Good luck!

Good question, Stefan! We think you'll enjoy better results if you use different recipes for the V60 and Kalita Wave. Because the Wave dripper sports a slower flow rate, you'll want to 1) grind coarser, 2) dose more coffee, and 3) brew longer. For specific parameters, check out the brewing guide on our Kalita Wave page (under the Features tab) or the video on our blog.

I have one question. I brew with the V60 every day and my recipe is: 24g of coffee,350ml water and 2:30 min brewing time. So would I use the same recipe for the Kalita Wave only with of course coarser grind or do I need a totally different recipe ?

Honestly, the plastic base has never bothered me! It's pretty slim, so I hardly notice it. The base is removable, too – you can remove it, if you'd like. –Chris

Awesome! Thanks for the quick response. One last thing- how does the plastic base look on the glass model? I realize you're the seller but if you could be as unbiased as possible..does it look like cheap plastic or does it look pretty good?

Welcome to the world of pour-over! It sounds like you're having fun so far. We can sincerely recommend any of the brewers in this blog. With a proper grind size, coffee dose, and pouring technique, the contact time should be adequate for a range of different flavor preferences. However, the Kalita Wave and Chemex brewers offer the slowest flow rate. Those sound like a good place to start. Are you familiar with the Clever Coffee Dripper? It's similar to these pour-over cones but has a stopper at the bottom that lets you extend the contact time as long as you like – regardless of grind, dose, or pour! You can read more about it on our product listing or immersion brewer blog.

Hey Tommy. The plastic V60 actually beats the others in temperature stability, durability, and price – but, admittedly, it doesn't look as nice. Technically, glass is next in line for proper insulation, but If you thoroughly pre-heat the ceramic dipper, it'll maintain temperature decently. So, if you don't prefer plastic's appearance, glass and ceramic are near-equals – you'll just need to pre-heat ceramic more. Hope that helps!

What would you guys suggest for the material of the v60? Glass or ceramic? Trying to decide which would provide the best quality while still looking good.

I stumbled into "pour over brewing" all on my own. My coffee maker quit working one day and I had a funnel in my garage (never used!). Needless to say, I've never replaced my coffee maker. I have been searching for (and haven't found) the perfect "funnel" replacement. Best I can find is a plastic (yuck!) cone holder made by Malida with a single hole. Tried to get a ceramic one, but the holes were too many and too big. The coffee didn't stay in contact with the grind long enough. Most of the higher end cone holders look like they aren't going to hold the water long enough to get the flavor I'm looking for.

Hey Antonio. If you're using a larger brewer to make more coffee, you'll simply want to dose more coffee and grind a bit coarser. You may also want to increase the temperature of your water to more effectively extract from the coarser coffee.

How would you adjust for using a 13 cup Chemex? Thanks for replying.

Have fun, Peter!

Thanks for the quick response... the funneling I meant as the "holing" of the coffee in a pour over method- but I see know, that occurs when water is added too quickly. We are going to go pour over w/Hario... and spend the money on best coffee beans available. Thanks again, Chris.

That's a tough call, Peter! The Kalita Wave and Bee House will probably be the most forgiving methods, so for consistency's sake they'd be good choices. I'd be really excited to see someone using the Walküre in a café, though – that'd make the most interesting cup! Regarding funneling, I'm not sure what you mean. Can you elaborate? Cheers! Chris

How would like your favorite coffee shop to pour your daily brew? Also... how can you avoid that funneling? I've seen people use a small wood spoon- but what is the science/technique behind that?

Love all your explanations on the different brands. I think I'm going to give the Kalita a shot!

That sounds like quite the adventure, Jennifer (both moving and roasting)! Any of these brewers will treat you well, no matter which coffee you use. But if you've observed that the coffee you get in Peru is highly dense – usually one result of being grown at a higher elevation – then you'll want to adjust your brewing parameters to increase the rate of extraction. That's because denser beans extract more slowly. To do so, increase your water temperature, agitate the slurry more by stirring (not recommended for the Kone or Walkure), extend brew time, or grind finer. You can also try extending your brew time. I hope that helps! Chris

Wonderful information!! I am a pour-over novice so your clear descriptions and recommendations are greatly appreciated. I recently moved to Peru and have started roasting my own coffee. Which pour-over devices do you recommend for Peruvian coffees (often grown at high altitudes)?

Hey, Sunny. That's a great question. Between steel, ceramic, and glass, we prefer the glass for its ability to retain temperature. Steel is going to move heat away from the slurry, and ceramic is a good option, but requires much more preheating than glass.

Reviewing the comments below,, I decided to buy Kalita series since I couln'd find any clever brewers in glass, they only have plastics... So, in kalita brewers,, there are stainless steel, glass in different sizes. I'm so confused to choose one of them. What would you recommend as an expert in coffee brewing??

I'd love to learn more about grinders suitable to pour over coffee. Most of the information I find about different grinders online is all about espresso.

brilliant work Matt. using this as my go-to-resource for pourover evangelization.

Good question, Kris. Kevin (below) is onto something when he says you want to ensure "no water is passing through the filter". Your cup will taste weak if too much plain water gets into it. Also, pouring at the edges can push grounds further into the cone and "choke" it, unnecessarily extending your brew time. Can you picture that?

I was looking to go beyond my classic Chemex when I found this site. I appreciate the solid information and excellent suggestions. And, thanks to your suggestion, I now start my day with the Woodneck. The coffee it puts out is out-standing!

Hi,the reason to avoid the edge when pouring is to make sure the coffee grounds are saturated fully and no water is passing through the filter without going through the coffee.

I have been researching so much but cannot find the answer as to why one should stay away from the edge of the V60 and Bee House while pouring? Is it to avoid any paper taste? Wouldn't not saturating all the grounds just be a waste? Thanks for your time! :)

This has been the best entry on hand pour brewing methods and their relation to each other. THANK YOU!

My favorite brewing method at home.... You can really taste the coffee with it! :)

I've been collecting a variety of vintage brewing devices over the past year or so, and found the old dripolators and napoletanas make the best cup yet, my favorite being a 2-cup Wear-ever 3042.

There's still a lot to be learned as a Starbucks barista, though! Melitta drippers are very similar to Bee Houses — wedge-shaped with ridged walls — except that Melittas have one small opening at the bottom and Bee Houses have two. Thus, Melittas offer more flow restriction and increased the dwell time. It may be helpful to use a coarser grind or cooler water to account for this. Hope that helps!

Love your blog! Glad I have somewhere to go to continue to learn and encourage my love for coffee. Sadly, I don't get this knowledge or depth as a partner at Sbucks. My question: what about the Melitta? Is it more like a Beehive or a V60?

I would recommend the Clever over the Kalita. I love both of them, but with the Kalita, you are getting into true pou rover territory, which can become a bit more detail minded than the clever. I truly think the Clever dripper is one of the easiest brew methods out there and is also very forgiving to grind quality - in my experience.

Hey Jason. Good question! For beginning home-brewers, we'd recommend either the Kalita Wave or the Clever Dripper. Both of these are among the more "forgiving" manual brewing devices out there -- that is, neither require a very refined pouring technique to produce some quality coffee. The Clever is actually a hybrid method of sorts (hence it's absence in this guide), implementing pouring to deliver water and full immersion to extract. All this to say, either of these methods will help a beginning home-brewer have fun and enjoy some delicious coffee. Let us know if you're interested in learning more!

So here's my question.  What would you recommend for home coffee brewers if they were to purchase one first.  I am fascinated with the Kalita Wave, the Chemex, and the V60.  What are your thoughts?

Definitely agree with you.  Been to a lot of coffee blogs, this is most useful I've found (and good design!)

Thanks for the encouragement!

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