SwitchBack Coffee Roasters co-founder Kyle Collins shared with COCO a foolproof guide for pour-overs. Though at SwitchBack they have slightly different recipes and techniques for each device they use, Collins says this guide will work with most of the common pour-over devices (e.g. V60, Kalita, Beehouse, Melitta, Chemex). For more videos and resources, visit the SwitchBack website.
1. Place paper filter in pour-over
Use a small amount of hot water to pre-wet paper filters (to avoid paper taste). Dispose of water used for pre-wetting.
2. Place pour-over above cup
3. Measure and grind coffee
Collins uses 23 grams of coffee to 325 grams of water (roughly two tablespoons to 10 oz.). Grind to roughly the size of granulated table salt.
4. Add ground coffee to filter
Gently shake coffee grinds so they rest evenly in bottom of pour-over.
5. Heat and bloom
With a gentle pour, wet the grounds with water (195 - 205 degrees Fahrenheit), allowing the coffee to “bloom.” Try to add only enough water to wet the coffee; stop before coffee starts to flow from bottom of filter.
6. Finish brewing
Carefully pour remaining water in a quarter-sized circle and control brewing time (2-3 minutes
total) by slowing or stopping the pour as needed. Collins recommends keeping the water level in the cone between ½ and ¾ full.