Steeping coffee for a pour over involves a few key steps to ensure that you get the best possible flavor and strength from your coffee. Here’s a general guideline on how to steep coffee for a pour over:
- Heat water: Begin by heating your water to the appropriate temperature for your brew method. For pour over coffee, the ideal temperature range is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grind your coffee: Use a burr grinder to grind your coffee to the appropriate grind size for a pour over. A medium grind, which has a texture similar to coarse sand, is ideal for pour over brewing.
- Measure your coffee: Measure out the appropriate amount of coffee grounds for your brew method. The general ratio is around 15 grams of coffee to 8 ounces of water.
- Pre-wet the filter: Place your filter in the pour over brewer and pre-wet it with hot water to remove any paper taste and to heat up the carafe. Discard the hot water in the carafe after pre-wetting.
- Add coffee grounds to the filter: Add the coffee grounds to the pre-wetted filter. Make sure that the coffee is evenly distributed and gently shake the pour over to ensure that all of the grounds are wet.
- Start the pour: Begin by pouring a small amount of hot water over the coffee grounds. This process is called the “bloom” and allows the coffee to release trapped gases. Wait for around 30 seconds.
- Continue pouring: Slowly pour the remaining hot water over the coffee grounds in a circular motion, trying to keep the water level even with the top of the coffee bed as much as possible.
- Wait for the coffee to drain: Once all of the water has been poured, wait for the coffee to drain through the filter and into the carafe. This should take around 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the filter and enjoy: Once the coffee has finished brewing, remove the filter and dispose of the coffee grounds. Give your coffee a quick stir and enjoy!
By following these steps, you can ensure that your coffee is steeped correctly and that you are able to achieve the best possible flavor and strength from your cup of coffee. Remember that practice makes perfect and there is always room for experimentation and tweaking to your preferences. Feel free to adjust the grind size, pour rate, the amount of coffee and water, the bloom time, etc, depending on the coffee beans, environmental conditions, and taste preference.