Looking for something simpler? Try our Guide to Making French Press Coffee, which is a little easier and can always make great coffee.
More than anything, fresh coffee beans will improve how your morning brew tastes. That's why we take care to roast all of your orders fresh and ship them out on the same business day that the beans are roasted.
Dripper and Filters
If you’re just starting out, we recommend the Bee House Dripper for a few reasons. First off, it’s been widely used in cafes and homes for decades. It’s also recommended for people who are just starting to make pour-over coffee. As an added bonus, you can use inexpensive Melitta #2 or #4 filters, which are widely available at grocery stores. Most other drippers have proprietary filters that are more expensive and a bit harder to find.
Any kettle will work, but a gooseneck kettle will make your life a lot easier. If you’re just starting out, our advice is to brew with the kettle you have, even if it isn’t gooseneck. If you enjoy making pour over, you can spend the money to upgrade your kettle.
Carafe or Mug
If you’re making only one cup of coffee, the Bee House dripper will sit right on top of your mug. It should also sit on a variety of coffee maker carafes, so you might not need to go out and spend money on something new. If you’d like to get something specific to pour-over own, there are several available from Hario, a brand that has a good reputation.
If you buy your coffee beans whole and aim for the highest freshness, a burr grinder will serve you well (over a blade grinder). We think you can’t go wrong with a Baratza Encore. We’ve used it at home for almost two years without any issues, and it grinds to all sorts of sizes. If you want a more detailed rundown on burr grinders, we recommend Wirecutter’s write-up.
Electric burr grinders don’t come cheap, so if you want to spend less and are fine with hand-grinding, try Hario’s Skerton Pro grinder. We like this one because it has more capacity than most others in its category, which is nice if you want to make a larger pot. If that isn't a factor, there are plenty of other great options out there.
A small and inexpensive scale can remove guesswork and improve consistency. It’s a small investment you won’t regret. Having said that, if you can always make do without one.
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A note about rinsing the filter
You might read some other sites that encourage you to rinse your filter before the brewing process. We don’t think it’s worth it and have found that it doesn't affect the temperature or flavor of the brew. Having said that, if you want to rinse your filter just remember to add a little extra water to your kettle before boiling.
The dripper is taking a really long time to drain
If your dripper is taking around 3:30 or longer, it's probably because your grind is too fine. Try grinding a bit more coarsely. The other factor could be that you are pouring too aggressively all at once. This can cause the finer coffee particles to clog spots in the filter that would otherwise be porous. It seems like a strange solution, but try pouring a bit slower and more evenly.
It tastes bitter, muddy, or thick
This is likely because the brew time took too long. Try to grind your beans a little coarser, and it might take a couple of tries to get it where you’d like it. If you can’t change your grind size, or if changing it doesn’t help, try to let your water cool for a minute or two before pouring it over your grounds. The lower temperature of the water can prevent the coffee from being over-steeped.
It tastes sour, grassy, or thin
This is most likely because the brew time was too short. Try to grind your beans a little bit more finely. It will likely take a couple of tries to get it exactly right, so try to be patient. If you can’t change your grind size, make sure that you’re pouring the water straight off of a boil. This will make sure that the grounds steep properly.
You’ve tried those solutions and something still tastes off
If you order pre-ground coffee, most likely your coffee has gone stale and is causing it to taste off. By far, the freshness of the beans is the most important aspect to getting better-tasting coffee, especially
Sometimes, really hard or really soft water can make coffee taste different. If you know your home has either hard or soft water, try filtering your water before using it to make coffee. A Brita will work.
Beyond this guide
This guide is meant to get you started in the right direction. There are tons of other resources out there. One of the great parts about pour-over is that you can customize it to your taste, and it can become a part of your morning ritual.
If you're really craving more info and want to dive deeper, we highly recommend James Hoffman's YouTube Channel. It's a great resource for deep-dives, great instructional content, and general coffee fun.
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