If you are reading this as you drink a cup of coffee from a Keurig machine, from a doughnut shop, or from Starbucks, ask yourself the following question.
“Am I really enjoying this cup of coffee or am I just drinking it to start my day?”
Chances are, the answer is no. For most of us, myself including, most of the coffee we drink becomes more of a habit and a routine. As long as the coffee is not terrible, we drink a couple of cups early in the morning and get on with our day. If you are like me, your mornings are so busy with kids and school, your coffee is more of a to-do item than an item to enjoy.
But what if I told you there was a way to not only make a cup of coffee that you would absolutely love but that you could do so without any fancy machines or costly equipment.
Not convinced? What if I told you that not only is it cheaper, but it’s actually quicker than using Keurig (or stopping somewhere) and produces far less waste than any other method?
Cheaper, Quicker, Tastier, and Better for the Environment! It’s a win-win-win-win!
Life Hack: I find using this method also allows me to pause and reflect each morning. It’s a quick little hack to adding a small amount of mindfulness to my life each morning which is an extra side benefit.
As the title suggests, I’m referring to using the simple method of making coffee using the manual pour-over method.
In a nutshell, using the Pourover method is pouring hot water over coffee grinds much like a traditional drip machine does, except with the pour-over method, you have complete control on the speed and quantity that you pour, allowing you to create cups of coffee that are richer and more flavourful than any machine can do.
Once you learn how to use this method to tailor to your particular tastes, you will never look at coffee the same.
My method is below. I traditionally like Medium roast coffee that is brewed a bit longer, creating a stronger flavor without the bitterness that dark roasted coffee can often have.
- Traditional Stovetop Kettle (my model costs less than $30 from Amazon and I use it for teas and hot chocolate as well). I also have an electric kettle that works great too.
- Electric Coffee Grinder (my model costs less than $20 from Amazon. If there is one place you want to splurge, this is where you will get the most bang for your buck. The bottom line is the better the grind, the better the coffee but you will still get great cups of coffee from a $20 Mr. Coffee machine)
- Single-cup, Pour Over Coffee Dripper. I have a plastic one from a local grocery store (less than $10) but you can find several online too. I’ve added a link to the bottom to help you visualize what I have.
- Bamboo, cone-shaped coffee filters. (available anywhere for very cheap)
- Start boiling your water in your stovetop or electric kettle.
- Grind your coffee beans to make about 5 tablespoons of grounds for as many cups as you plan on drinking. I typically grind a couple of days worth at a time.
- The idea temperature for your coffee is 195–205 degrees but if you are like me, you may not have a thermometer. An easy hack that I use is to wait for 30-seconds after your water is boiling. If you are using an electric kettle, you can set the precise temperature.
- Insert your bamboo filter into your dripper and add your coffee grinds. I personally find 4.5 tbsp (tablespoons) to be perfect for about 12–14 oz. of coffee.
5. Start adding water. For the first pour, you only want to pour enough to saturate the grinds and then pause for 5–10 seconds. This important first step will allow the grinds to release more flavor as you continue to pour
6. After the pause, begin to pour in your coffee by slowing moving the water around the entire area. Once your mixture starts to froth, pause and let the flavor soak in before adding more water. Repeat until your coffee is finished. Adding too much water at once will result in less flavor. Overall, this process will take 1–2 minutes
7. Lift the coffee dripper periodically to check your level. Remember to account for the water remaining in your dripper so it’s best to stop pouring when you have about 90% of your desired amount.
Tip: for cleanup, place dripper and cone directly in the sink or on top of a paper towel as it will continue to drain for 5 minutes after use.
Now comes the most important part…drinking the coffee!!!!
Let me know how it turns out and if you have any other tips & tricks, I’d love to hear them.
Links to my specific equipment on Amazon.
As I’ve noted, most of this you can find in your local grocery store or at just about any retailer. I just listed these for visuals to help those who like to see what they should be searching for.