Last September, I bought Reid all the pour over coffee basics for his birthday present. We've been hooked on this method of coffee making every since. It's definitely a little more time consuming and probably high maintenance, but the extra few minutes are SO worth it. I cannot rave about how much I love this method of making coffee. We usually freshly grind our own right before brewing a cup, but I decided to try it out with Gevalia's ground gourmet coffee. The results were tasty and it was nice to know that you could still brew a decent cup of you have some ground coffee around and didn't want to take the time to grind it yourself.
The basic tools that we use (there are many to choose from) are a Hario Coffee Drip Kettle, Hario v60 Coffee Dripper, Hario V60 filters, food scale, glass carafe and a burr grinder. (we currently have this one from Cuisinart)
The first step is to grind your beans. It's best to do this right before you make your coffee...and a burr grinder is a must. This one we have is pretty inexpensive and it does the job.
Here is where your food scale comes in. For 2 cups of coffee, we measure our 38 grams of beans (or in this case, grounds since I was trying it out with the pre-ground coffee. But usually I'm measuring beans and then grinding them)
Next, put a filter in the dripper and fill with water and let it drain out. This wets the filter and it sticks to the dripper better. It also claims to get rid of any slight taste the paper filter may have.
This is how the set up looks. (oh, and you should be boiling some water in your slow drip kettle in the meantime)
Once your water is boiling, take it off the heat and let it sit for about 30 seconds. Make sure to zero out your scale because you will now be measuring the amount of water that is poured into the coffee filter.
Slowly pour about 50 grams of water into the filter, trying to only stay in the center. The coffee should "bloom" out (kind of froth and puff up)
Wait about 30 seconds
Now pour the rest in a slow circular motion until you reach about 480 grams of water total.
After all the coffee has dripped out, you are ready to enjoy your amazing cup of heaven.
Purists insist on only drinking this method of coffee black. While I can tolerate it black, I do add some cream and sugar to mine. But even if you think you hate black coffee, just try a sip of it plain. It really is delicious and so flavorful!