Unlike automatic brewers, or laissez-faire French presses, pour-over coffee is a labor of love. The process isn’t difficult, exactly, but it requires patience and precision.
You’ll need a scale, which many home cooks don’t have or use all that often. Fortunately, simple versions start at $10. You’ll want to keep your eye on the clock, too — you can’t just dump your beans into the filter and wander away to water the plants or scroll Twitter.
“Instead of flooding the filter and letting it drip, you deliver a measured amount of water over a period of several minutes,” Oliver Strand wrote in The New York Times. “It might sound precious or tedious, but the control is enthralling.”
Ready to learn how to pour over like a pro? We illustrated nine easy steps to master the process.