If you own one of the pour over coffee makers below, feel free to click on the image of the coffee maker for its respective brew guide.

If you’d just like a general guide on how to make pour over coffee, scroll below for a quick video and outline of the steps.


 Chemexchemex-e1379730339509 
 Hario V60hario-v60-glass1
 Kalita WaveKalita Wave 185

What You’ll Need (required)

Here are the things you must have in order to make pour over coffee:

  • Ground coffee
  • Good quality, filtered water
  • Kettle
  • Coffee dripper (Hario V60, Melitta, etc.)
  • Coffee filter (permanent or paper)

 What You’ll Need for the Best Results (optional)

If you really want the best results and are willing to spend a little bit more money, this is everything you will need to make great pour over coffee:

  • Coffee beans that have been roasted less than 2 weeks ago
  • Good quality, filtered water
  • Gram scale
  • Gooseneck kettle
  • Burr grinder
  • Thermometer
  • Timer
  • Coffee dripper
  • Paper coffee filter (I recommend white/bleached in almost all cases)

Basic Pour Over Steps Outlined

Keep in mind, these are the absolute bare minimum steps needed to make pour over coffee. Even though you may still get pretty good results by following these steps, your results will be infinitely better if you follow the more advanced steps in the next section.

  1. Add fresh, filtered water to your kettle and bring the water to a boil
  2. Add a paper or permanent filter to your coffee dripper, and set the coffee dripper over your mug
    • A paper filter is the preferred method for most people when making pour over coffee, but if you like richer (read: more body) coffee, you can use a permanent filter.
    • If you’re making more than 1 cup of coffee, place your coffee dripper over a carafe.
    • If you’re using a Chemex, go to the Chemex brew guide here.
  3. Once the water boils, remove the kettle from the heat source and let it sit for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Pour the water slowly over the dripper making sure to completely wet the entire coffee filter and dripper. This will help remove any potential paper taste from the filter while simultaneously pre-heating your coffee dripper and mug.
  5. Dump the hot water out of your mug or carafe and into the sink.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of ground coffee to the filter.
    • If you’re using pre-ground coffee, make sure it is ground for a drip coffee maker (drip grind).
    • If you’re grinding the coffee yourself (one of the most important things you can do for better coffee), grind it so it has a coarseness like this:
    • Homemade coffee scrub in a bowl
  7. Give the coffee dripper a little shake so the mound of coffee settles and is distributed as evenly as possible throughout the filter.
  8. Slowly pour a little bit of hot water directly onto the ground coffee. The objective is to soak all of the ground coffee by using as little water as possible. The less coffee that drips through the coffee dripper, the better, so long as all of the ground coffee is saturated with hot water.
  9. Let the coffee “bloom” (expand, bubble as the CO2 is escaping) for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
    • If your coffee is a couple weeks past the roast date, let it bloom closer to a minute.
    • Close to the roast date? A shorter bloom should be sufficient
  10. Pour a little bit more hot water in the center of the bed of coffee, while spiraling the flow of hot water out towards the edges of the coffee bed.
    • If it’s too hard to control, just pour the hot water as slowly as possible making sure to only wet the ground coffee.
    • Try to avoid pouring hot water directly onto the filter.
    • Pour a little bit of water at a time every 15 seconds or so.
    • You can also just slowly pour continually until the water and ground coffee rise about 2/3 of the way to the top of the coffee dripper.
    • Experiment with both methods to see how your results change.
  11. If you’re using a 12 oz mug, pour the water into the coffee dripper until the mug is about half full. Remove the dripper when there is a little bit of water still remaining in the dripper.
  12. Sip your coffee and enjoy!

“Advanced” Pour Over Steps Outlined

If you really want to experience a notable difference in the way your coffee tastes, the following steps should be taken to ensure your pour over coffee is the best it can possibly be.

The steps aren’t significantly different than those of the basic guide, however, there is a bit more attention to detail and measurement. This helps ensure consistency, which is one of they key components to making better coffee.

  1. Add fresh, filtered water to your gooseneck kettle and bring the water to a boil.
    • Many gooseneck kettles can’t be placed over a heat source, so if your gooseneck kettle is one of these, boil your water with another kettle and then transfer it to your gooseneck kettle.
  2. Weigh out 15 grams of whole coffee beans on your gram scale. If you’re making two cups, use 30 grams.
    • Add 15 grams for every cup of coffee you plan to make. Keep in mind that many pour over drippers are only made for 1-2 cups of coffee.
    • Check with your manufacturer to see how many cups of coffee your dripper can make at once.
  3. Add the coffee beans to your burr grinder’s hopper.
    • Make sure your grinder is set to a medium-fine/drip grind setting (see picture above).
  4. Add paper filter to your coffee dripper, then place your coffee dripper on top of your mug or carafe.
  5. When water is just off the boil, pour the hot water into the coffee dripper making sure to thoroughly wet the entire filter.
  6. Dump the hot water from the mug or carafe into the sink, then place mug/carafe with coffee dripper on top of your gram scale.
  7. Grind your coffee and pour it into your coffee dripper.
  8. Shake the coffee dripper to settle the ground coffee so it is distributed evenly throughout the filter.
  9. Tare your scale.
  10. Slowly pour 30 grams of water onto the ground coffee, making sure to evenly wet all of the ground coffee.
    • You should be pouring twice the weight of the coffee, in water. So if you’re using 30 grams of coffee, pour 60 grams of water.
    • Pour slowly from the center of the bed of coffee in a spiral motion towards the outer edges.
  11. Let the coffee “bloom” (expand, bubble as the CO2 is escaping) for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
    • If your coffee is a couple weeks past the roast date, let it bloom closer to a minute.
    • Close to the roast date? A shorter bloom should be sufficient
  12. Pour about 30-60 grams of water every 15 seconds until you reach 225 grams on your scale.
    • Try and target a total brew time between 3 and 4 minutes.
  13. Remove the dripper when there is still a little bit of water remaining in the coffee filter.
  14. Sip your coffee and enjoy!