How to brew pour over

How to brew pour over

What is pour over? 

The humble pour over is a straightforward way to make a delicious cup of coffee. 

It involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds in a filter. The water drains through the coffee and filter into a carafe or mug, producing a clean, light-bodied and complex cup of coffee.

There are many brands and styles of pour over brewing available, and we have based our recipe on a V60 pour over because it’s affordable and easily replicated over most pour over devices. Pour over cones can be made of ceramic, glass or plastic and paired with a paper or metal filter.

Pour over accentuates intricate coffee flavours when compared to other brewing methods. This makes it a popular choice for single origin coffees, since the delicate and distinct flavours shine through. 


  • Ratio 1:16 = 20g coffee : 320g water         
  • Brew time: 3 minutes

        What you need

        • V60 brewer
        • V60 paper filter
        • Mug or carafe
        • Freshly ground filter coffee (medium grind)
        • 88–92°C water (you can do this by letting a freshly boiled kettle sit for just over a minute).
        • Gooseneck kettle – gooseneck isn't compulsory, but it makes pouring easier and gives you far more control.
        • Scales
        • Timer (if your scales don’t have one)


            1. Place paper filter into the V60 and rinse it with hot water to remove the paper taste and to preheat the carafe/mug. Discard the water.
            2. Add 20g of coffee to the v60 and give a gentle tap to settle and flatten out the coffee
            3. Start your timer, and in a circular motion gently pour half the hot water (160ml) over the coffee to create a bloom, and allow it to drain into the carafe/mug.
            4. Pause for 30 seconds and enjoy the aroma.
            5. Gently pour the remaining water over the coffee. Aim for around a total of 3 minutes brew time. 
            6. Sip and enjoy.



              • Pour the water in a spiral motion to ensure all grounds are wet.
              • If your brew is taking too long, try coarsening the grind.
              • Hario has a range of sizes from 1 cup to 4. The Hario V60 dripper is cheap, so if you love this brew method you can have a couple of different sizes.
              • Filter roast and single origin coffee is best suited.
              • Use filtered water if you can, it is cleaner and tastes better.
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