What is Pour Over Coffee?

· And Why You Should Try It ·

June 15, 2017 11 Comments

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?

  1. To experience coffee like never before.
  2. Pour Over Coffee highlights the finer qualities of the bean.
  3. For fun!
  4. 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!


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    Angela Cutshaw

    June 15, 2017

    Ahhhhh…. I’ve seen it before, but have never tried it. Thanks!

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    June 15, 2017

    I’m a coffee drinker and that looks really tasty!

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    June 15, 2017

    My first pour over was at the Hopscotch Cafe. It was also the first time ever in my life that I drank coffee black. I also tasted some chocolate undertones and at first thought I was crazy for tasting chocolate. But I was correct in my assumptions for the flavor.

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    The Cappuccino Traveler

    June 20, 2017

    I love hearing your stories! Thanks for commenting!

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    June 20, 2017

    Yes! I learned to make my coffee this way this year and I am loving it! Thanks!

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      June 20, 2017

      That is awesome!

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    Josh Kimbell

    June 21, 2017

    Love pour over and Chemex! Lately been digging some coffees from New Zealand and Australia.

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    June 22, 2017

    Wow. That’s so neat. I’ve heard of pourovers but never knew exactly how it happened. Can’t wait to try one now!

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    Shannon Caustin

    June 28, 2017

    I’m absolutely in love with my pour over coffee! It’s so yummy!!

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    Chris Herrick

    July 25, 2017

    I took a class with our local coffee roaster here in my town. One thing I learned that I did know before is that the Chemex filter is three times thicker than a regular filter. This is part of the reason for the extraction of the bitterness and its smooth flavor. I’ve tried many methods and I’m always drawn back to the Chemex. Also, key component for good coffee is good water! Cheers!

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      July 26, 2017

      Thanks for sharing – yes water is key!