Pour over coffee, or hand drip coffee, is an old-fashioned technique that uses a coffee dripper, which is basically a fancy funnel. A pour over is pretty much what it sounds like, you pour hot water over the grounds manually and they filter out from either a paper or metal filter.
I was hesitant to try this method at home for fear of messing up my coffee. Watching experienced baristas make it in the coffee shop was one thing – trying to do it at home was quite another.
My first pour over coffee I tried was revolutionary! I remember tasting coffee like I had never tasted it before! No more muddy thick leftover taste on my tongue. What I did find was a flavorful light coffee. Flavors of the bean exploded in my mouth – I never knew coffee could taste THIS good! Seriously – I asked myself why I had not tried this earlier – it was amazing!
Since that day I have been hooked! My husband purchased a small Chemex for me at Christmas and after a short time using it, I realized we needed a larger one. My husband was skeptical at first….being a creamer and sugar guy. After using the Chemex he can now drink it black. With any other method he still needs the cream and sugar.
There are several ways that pour over coffee can be made at home, or you can always try it at a coffee shop. The CHEMEX® coffeemaker was invented in 1941 by the eccentric chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm.When designing the Chemex, he wanted to making brewing coffee simple and a thing of beauty. Click To Tweet
Being a chemist, he studied and understood clearly the chemistry behind the extraction of flavor and caffeine from coffee beans.
The Chemex is my favorite way to make a pour over but there is also the Kalita and V60. All of these methods are usually available at your local coffee shops. You will not find these methods at your larger coffee shops because they take more time.
So why should YOU be drinking coffee this way?
- To experience coffee like never before.
- Pour Over Coffee highlights the finer qualities of the bean.
- For fun!
- It can be cheaper. Pour over makers are more cost effective than some high end electric coffee makers.
I hope that this post has been informative and inspiring to you! I would love to hear about it when you try your very first pour over coffee! Make sure to comment or tag The Cappuccino Traveler and tell me all about it!