Brewing with the Melitta pourover. Quick guide for my friends. Not designed to be professional or anything, but for peopel who live in dorms and what not.
You don't need a coffee maker to make coffee. In fact, most coffee makers are pretty bad at making coffee.
You can buy the Melitta @ grocery stores/supermarkets for about $3+tax. It comes with some natural filters, but it's better to buy the oxidized filters because they taste less like cardboard.
Remember to use freshly roasted beans. Beans go stale after 15 days of roasting. Starbucks are overroasted, old stale beans that sit on the shelf for months. Find a local roaster, or buy online from good roasters.
Measuring water and the beans by grams is always more accurate than measuring it by volume.
When grinding coffee, don't use a crappy blade grinder. It doesn't create a uniform grind and it heats up the beans, breaking down some of the tasty stuff. Use a good burr grinder. The cheapest electric burr grinder that doesn't suck is the Baratza Maestro. The Hario Skerton/Skeleton hand grinder is about $40-50, and does just as good of a job as a $200 electric grinder.
18g/2.5 tbsp of coffee for 300g of water. Water expands as it is heated, so if you don't have a scale, premeasure the water for 300mL while it is still cold.
196-204 degrees F are the most optimum temperatures for the hot water to brew without underextracting and over extracting. This is about 30-45 secs off the boil, depending on ambient temperatures.
When blooming, use only JUST enough water to saturate the grounds. This releases the oils and preps the grounds for an even extraction.
When extracting, pour in circular motion. Pour once, about 150-175ml, then finish off the rest after the water level drops.
Aim for a total extracting time of 3-4 min, including the 1.5 minute bloom.
Watch my French Press video also.
I am using a special kettle designed for controlled pouring. You don't need it per say, but it would help a lot. Just use something that you can control a thin gentle stream of water.
Boil water in a microwave, stove, or kettle.
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