We're suckers for pour over, but for those who haven't mastered manual brewing, we know it can seem daunting. Luckily, we've taken the guesswork out of the method, so you can master pour over brewing in minutes. Here's our step-by-step guide to the perfect pour over cup (note that this guide assumes the use of a single cup device).

  1. Place your pour over cone atop your carafe or mug. Insert a filter and wet it with hot water. Let the water drip through, then dump it out. This step removes any papery flavors from the filter. 
  2. Grind 22 grams of your favorite single origin coffee. Shoot for a grind size with the coarseness of kosher salt.
  3. Fill a gooseneck kettle all the way to the top and bring it to a boil. Take it off the heat and wait 30 seconds to 1 minute before pouring. This will bring your water to roughly 207 Fahrenheit, our preferred temperature for pour over brewing.
  4. Set your pour over cone and carafe or mug atop your scale. Pour in your coffee grinds and tare to zero. 
  5. Pour water directly into the center of the coffee grinds; hit start on a timer the moment the water makes contact. Pour 60 grams of water using a circular motion to wet the entire surface. Aim to finish this initial pour within 5-7 seconds.
  6. Using the handle of a spoon or fork, quickly stir the slurry, i.e., the coffee/water mixture. Aim to finish your stir by the 10 second mark. Alternatively, you can swirl the slurry to achieve the same results.
  7. Allow the coffee to expand and bubble -- this is referred to as the "bloom" phase -- until your timer has reached 40 seconds.
  8. At the 40 second mark, pour again, beginning in the center of the slurry and widening in concentric circles to the filter's edge, then narrowing back to the center. Keep your spout close to the coffee, and keep your stream slow and controlled. Pour until you have dispensed a total of 350 grams of water, with the goal of finishing the pour at the 2 minute mark.
  9. Wait 10 seconds after you finish pouring, then grab your cone and gently swirl it, bringing the slurry up around the edges of the filter so it can grab any stray grinds.
  10. Allow the coffee to drip through and enjoy.