Pour over coffee is a classic favorite that has gained popularity among many in the last decade. Pour overs uncover different flavors, and they can contain more caffeine than a shot of espresso. Pour overs are simple to make overall, and there are various techniques depending on which style of pour over you choose. Yet besides making sure the water temperature is correct, the coffee is ground right when you are ready to brew your coffee and selecting your preferred filter, there are three simple yet essential mistakes that most people make when brewing a pour over coffee, and we want to share them with you.
First, make sure everything that you need is around you and within arms reach. Preparation is key, and the little things can make a difference. Remember, time is not your friend here. Not having all you need right when you need it can damage the quality of your pour over, so make sure everything is ready.
Next, measuring everything ensures consistency, allowing you to figure out quickly where you made a mistake if you made one. Was there an error in the amount of water, how much coffee you used, or was the grind too fine or coarse? For the most part, you will worry if your pour over is too sour or bitter, which is easier to fix if everything else is consistent.
Lastly, make sure your grinds are even before pouring. This seems simple and is often overlooked. Grinds that are not level can result in an inconsistent brew, not allowing the water to extract all the flavors. One tip, is to complete your bloom pour and taste the coffee in the pitcher or cup. This is a good indication if you are on the right track. A quick note that for some, disregarding the bloom pour is preferred because it can be sour and influence the rest of your cup of coffee.
Remember that the roast you use can and will determine the water temperature. Darker roasted beans tend to work better with hotter water when brewing. Compared with medium and lighter roasted beans, which are more fragile, may not fair with hotter water, yet do wonderfully at lower temperatures
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