What is pour over coffee and how can you do it at home?
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We love coffee, you love coffee, everyone loves coffee. The total UK coffee shop market is now valued at a whopping £10.1 billion across nearly 25,500 outlets. However, with concerns around the economy, the cost of a latte everyday, and the environmental impacts of all those takeaway coffee cups, it makes sense to make a great cup of coffee at home. You might be thinking you could never make coffee like a coffee shop, but it’s really easy, once you know how. And you don’t even need any fancy equipment.
The Pour Over method is one that you can almost describe as going back to basics. It’s just you, some patience, time, and care to create a delicious tasting coffee from beginning to end, in your own home.
Lost Sheep Coffee are an independently owned speciality coffee roasters based in Whitstable, Kent. They’re passionate about great coffee. The Pour Over method allows you to control factors such as taste and strength to get the most out of your coffee.
Using this method with Lost Sheep speciality coffee is a match made in heaven, and it’s super easy to follow even if you’re a beginner!
What you’ll need
1 x V60 coffee dripper (you can buy one directly from Lost Sheep for £6)
1 x kettle
1 set of scales
1 x your phone/a timer
1 x filter paper
3 level tbsp of ground Single Origin Coffee
1 x hand grinder (if using coffee beans)
1 x mug
The pour over method: step 1
Fold the filter paper inwards along the seam and open the filter out and place into the V60. Before you brew, it’s important to wet the filter paper with warm water. This will help filter through any residue that might be on the paper, which can alter the taste of the coffee.
The pour over method: step 2
Grind 3 level tablespoons of coffee to a medium/fine grind. It’s really important to have the right grind size because if it’s too small, it’ll filter through too slowly and will be bitter. If the grind size is too large, it’ll be too quick and taste very weak. Place the coffee in the filter paper.
*If you don’t have a grinder, Lost Sheep can grind coffee to the right size for you.
The pour over method: step 3
Pour enough water to just cover the coffee grounds (approx 50ml). The water should be between 90-94 degrees C (or 30 seconds after boiling point). You can then stir for about 20 seconds which knocks out any unwanted gases. This stage is called ‘The Bloom’.
The pour over method: step 4
Pour over the remaining water slowly and steadily in circular motions around the filter, working your way inwards. Stop and stir after 2 minutes which will help to ensure the extraction is even. Then leave to sit.
After 2:30-3:30 minutes, the brew should be ready to enjoy!
Remember, coffee is all about experimentation and finding what you like best. Don’t be afraid to try to vary our method.
And that's it. A great cup of coffee, at home, which saves you money and tastes just as good if not better than what you'd get in a shop.