How To Make A Pour-Over Coffee with Kalita Wave

Nov 25, 2022

Pour-over coffee is not just a brew; it's a masterpiece – a director's special where the brewer becomes the maestro, orchestrating a symphony of flavors. The pour-over method offers meticulous control over every element: taste, texture, temperature, and strength of the brew ensuring a cup that's not just coffee but a memorable experience.

Typically, one can create a more delicious, rich, and balanced coffee with the pour-over method.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • 18 grams of ground coffee - Mystery Master (recommended)
  • 250 ml of hot water
  • Kalita Dripper
  • Paper coffee filter

Follow the following steps to start brewing:

  1. Add a filter to the coffee brewer and place it atop your mug. Wet the filter paper with hot water. Set your mug and brewer on the scale (if using one) and add coffee grounds to the filter.

  2. To bloom your coffee, follow these steps:
    Take your scale to zero.
    • Start a timer and slowly pour filtered water (around 88°C, or about 20 seconds off the boil), equaling about double the weight of the coffee (45 g of water).
    • Ensure all grounds are covered, addressing any dry spots. Do you see the bubbles? That's carbon dioxide escaping from the coffee grounds.
    • Wait for 45 seconds.

  3. Begin pouring hot water in a slow, circular motion. Pour about half your water to start, wait for the water level to drop slightly, then refill.

  4. Let the water drip, and when you see the coffee grounds surface, remove the brewer from your mug. The timer should read around 3:00 minutes.

  5. Pour the coffee from your carafe. If you've brewed into a mug, allow it to cool slightly before serving.

The pour-over method stands as a testament to the artistry of coffee brewing. Unlike other techniques, pour-over allows the brewer to be the architect of the entire process, wielding control over crucial factors like water temperature, pouring speed, and brew time. This level of precision guarantees a cup that reflects the subtle nuances and unique characteristics of the coffee beans, resulting in a rich, aromatic, and well-balanced cup of coffee.