Mastering the Art of Pour Over Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide

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Welcome to the wonderful world of pour over coffee! If you're a coffee enthusiast looking to elevate your brewing game, then you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we will explore the art of pour over coffee, delve into one of the best pour over coffee maker options, uncover the ideal pour over coffee ratio, and even learn how to make a refreshing iced coffee with your fresh brew. So grab your favorite mug, sit back, and let's embark on this flavorful journey together.

First Things First

Step one of brewing the perfect cup of pour over coffee is to start with the highest quality coffee beans you can find. I also recommend grinding your beans the day of to get the most flavor out of them. Using the pour over method will highlight the complex flavor notes of the coffee you choose.


What is Pour Over Coffee?

Pour over is a brewing method that involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds, allowing the water to slowly filter through a paper or metal filter into a container below. This manual brewing technique allows for precise control over extraction, resulting in a clean, aromatic, and flavorful cup of coffee.

The Best Pour Over Coffee Maker

Choosing the right pour over coffee maker is essential for achieving a consistent and enjoyable brewing experience. Among the many options available, one standout is the Chemex. With its iconic hourglass design and thick filter, the Chemex produces a smooth, rich, and sediment-free cup of coffee. Its elegant simplicity and ability to brew large batches makes it a favorite among coffee enthusiasts.

Mastering the Pour Over Coffee Ratio

Achieving the perfect pour over coffee ratio is crucial for extracting the best flavors from your beans. The general rule of thumb is to use a coffee ratio of 1:4, meaning 1 tbsp of coffee for every 4oz of water. This will brew an decent cup for you, but I’ve discovered (sort of by accident) the magic ratio for your pour over. This ratio is 4 tbsp of coffee for every 1 1/3 cups of water. I’ve been using this ratio for years, and it always has always produced a perfectly bold rich flavorful cup of coffee. 1 1/3 cups may seem  like a random number at first, but this is actually the exact measurement of a majority of the coffee mugs in my kitchen cabinet. This magic ratio also works well for other brewing methods like the French Press and Auto Drip machines. I’ll dive more into those methods in upcoming blogs! Overall, experimentation is key, as personal preferences may vary. By adjusting the ratio, you can control the strength, body, and overall flavor profile of your brew.

Brewing Iced Pour Over Coffee

Summer is finally here and when the weather heats up, a refreshing glass of iced coffee can be a game-changer. Making iced pour over coffee is a straightforward process that involves brewing a stronger concentrate and then slightly diluting it with ice. So when making your next iced coffee, consider using even more coffee than I do for my magic ratio!


Congratulations! You are now armed with the knowledge and techniques to master the art of pour over coffee. Whether you opt for the classic Chemex or another pour over coffee maker, keep in mind the importance of the pour over coffee ratio in achieving your desired taste. Additionally, with the right approach, you can enjoy the same exceptional flavor in your iced coffee. So go ahead, experiment, and savor every sip of your meticulously crafted pour over coffee. Happy brewing!