I started learning more about coffee, particularly pourovers, mid-2017. It's no secret that I'm not exactly the most gifted when it comes to making anything remotely edible. But timing an even pour in order to extract sweet berries instead of bitter tangs? Finding just the right grind size to get a balanced body? I was hooked. Not only did I enjoy the scientific approach to improving my skills, I began looking forward to having my own little morning ritual.
If you're just getting started with making pourovers at home, here's what I recommend to get started. At the very least, you'll want a dripper, grinder, scale, and kettle.
For beginners, I found the Kalita Wave to be decently easy to learn with because of the slow drip rate.
Took a little time to get used to, but I can now grind 20g of grounds in ~30 seconds.
Rad combination scale designed specifically for pourovers. Still my favorite!
Adjustable temperature settings make this useful for both my tea and coffee.
Kalita drippers have specific filters that you'll need to buy, but are Amazon accessible!
If you don't already have one, definitely invest in a water filter of some sort. Water quality impacts the taste consistency of your coffee.
Upgrades and alternatives
I've since upgraded to a commerical grinder and I've never looked back. Super fast and granular grind settings.
I tend to use the more difficult V60 now that I've leveled up for a more nuanced taste!
Guides and books
Kalita Wave Coffee Brewing Intensive — Nick Cho of Wrecking Ball is someone I continuously look to for self-taught guidance. This video is ~5 min and was a huge help when I first started out.
From Plant to Cup: Brew an Amazing Cup of Coffee — This hour long Skillshare class from Blue Bottle is another great learning resource for beginners.
How to Make Coffee: The Science Behind the Bean — I wanted to know more about the history and scientific breakdown of what makes coffee so great!
- When trying to tweak the taste of your pourovers, remember to adjust the grind size of your beans. Too bitter? Try a courser grind. Too sour or flat? Try a finer grind.
- Buy beans from your local roastery! Build relationships and ask your baristas for brewing advice. If you're in the east bay, beans I've been liking are Aka Coffee and Bicycle Oakland.