How to make pour over coffee? [6 Easy Steps]

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Pour over is seen as on of the original ways of making coffee, and most coffee makers are actually made to simulate the pour over method.

At its basic form, it is pouring coffee over top of grounds, that then extract coffee on their way down through the coffee, filter and into a container below!

Chemex main image for pour over
A Chemex is a familiar style of pour over

A Chemex is more than likely what most people are familiar with when they think of a pour over coffee maker, however there are quite a few other versions as well.

Lets get right to how to make this delicious style of coffee!

Step 1

Heat up water do desired temperature! If you are using something other than an electric method like the Stagg EKG Electric Kettle, and are just letting it boil, make sure to let it set for 2 minutes to bring it down to around 200 degrees.

Step 2

Rinse out your paper filter that goes into the pour over, as this will get you a more pure flavor.

Kettle pouring water into Chemex
Mmmm coffee

Step 3

Put the filter, and grounds into the Chemex or whatever pour over unit you have.

Step 4

Pour enough water over top of the grounds to saturate it. This will create the bloom, once this happens stop. Let the bloom settle, and begin step 5.

Step 5

Pouring coffee into a pour over
Pour it slowly from the middle outwards in a circle

Pour water into the center, then slowly pour in a circle (counterclockwise) until you get to the outside, then do this over again until you have poured out the desired ratio of coffee to water.

You want to take about 2 – 2.5 minutes to complete this process. Yes, that slowly. The coffee will finish dripping out into the container below about a minute later.

Pro tip: The recommended coffee to water ratio is going to be around 1:16, however this will probably be something you will adjust depending on your taste.

Step 6

Serve the coffee! If you aren’t going to drink the remaining amount right away, I would put it in a heat retaining container, I like to use my Yeti Rambler whenever I’m in need to store coffee.


Making pour over coffee is a great method of coffee brewing, it takes it back to how coffee brewing started, and is much more enjoyable than just pressing a button on a machine.

While it is time intensive to put this all together, it is over all an easy process.

The Coffee Gator pour over might be a great option for you!

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