Pour over coffee is a great way to easily make a delicious cup of coffee at home. However, there are a few common mistakes that beginners make that can ruin the taste of their coffee. In this blog post, we will discuss three of the most common pour over mistakes we hear and discuss how you can avoid making them in the first place.
Mistake #1: Using a Fancy Drip Coffee Maker
When it comes to pour over coffee, the dripper is not as important as the grinder.
A good grinder will produce evenly ground coffee, which is essential for a balanced cup of coffee. A fancy dripper will not make up for unevenly ground coffee.
If you are just starting out with pour over coffee, a simple dripper will do just fine. You can find a good dripper for around $10-20. As you become more experienced, you can experiment with different drippers to find one that you like best.
But don't fall into the trap of upgrading your dripper before upgrading your grinder!
Mistake #2: Using a Budget Grinder
This brings us to our next point, a budget grinder is not a good investment for pour over coffee. A budget grinder will not produce evenly ground coffee, which will lead to a poor-tasting cup of coffee.
Think of it this way, grinding a spectrum of different coffee grind sizes will have small and large particles of coffee in the same dose.
When brewing with this coffee you will have the smaller particles extract quicker and the larger particles extract slower. This will result in varying extraction rates and a muddied tasting cup of coffee.
If you are serious about making pour over coffee, it is important to invest in a good grinder. A good grinder will cost around $100-$400. This may seem like a lot of money, but it is worth it for the quality of coffee you will get.
Mistake #3: Relying on a Single Oppinion
There are many different opinions on how to make pour over coffee. Some people swear by one method, while others prefer a different method. The best way to find the best method for you is to experiment.
Don't be afraid to try different methods and see what works best for you. There is no right or wrong way to make pour over coffee. The most important thing is to find a method that you enjoy and that produces a cup of coffee that you like.
Here are some additional tips for making pour over coffee:
- Use water suitable for brewing coffee.
- Use good quality coffee.
- Make sure you're using a 'Filter Roasted Coffee'
- Grind your coffee beans just before brewing, Fresh is best.
- Consider different filters: If you have tried EVERYTHING and still aren't getting the most out of your coffee, consider using different coffee filters.