This past Sunday, Father's Day, we did something we had never done before. What! We at O'Henry's decided to branch out from the norm. I mean every once in a while we need to shake things up a bit...right? So we brought over a Hario V60 pour over and some fresh roasted Jamaica Blue Mountain and Kona coffees. We gave our guests the opportunity to buy a cup of Jamaica Blue or Kona and watch us grind and brew it to order using this pour over brewing method. It was a great time for us and for our guests. What better way to celebrate the Father's in our lives than by giving them a great cup of special coffee?
If you read our blog about Chemex coffee you will remember that pour over is a method of drip coffee that was developed in Japan. The water is poured using a long spouted kettle in a thin, steady stream over a filter cone. It is a fairly easy and inexpensive way to brew coffee at home.
Here is what you will need:
- A V60 pour over (or some version). We used Hario brand.
- V60 paper filters.
- An electric or stove top kettle with a long spout. We recommend Bonavita brand.
- A scale if you want to be 100% accurate.
- Your favorite coffee ground on fine or paper filter setting.
- A coffee mug.
- A timer.
Here's how to brew at home:
1. Fill your kettle to the 1 Liter line. (if you use a Bonavita the fill indicator is on the inside near the top toward the handle) Replace the lid with the 3 holes nearest the handle and turn it on. If you use an electric kettle when the water is at the correct temp. it will automatically turn off.
2. Weigh out 15 grams of coffee and grind in on a fine or paper filter setting.
3. Turn on your scale and set your coffee mug on the scale. Put your pour over device on top of your mug.
4. Fold the seam of your coffee filter and place inside your pourover device.
5. When your water has heated rinse the filter completely with the hot water. This removes any impurities from the filter and preheats your cup! Discard the water.
6. Place your ground coffee in the filter and shake it gently to level the coffee. Tare your scale to zero grams. If you need to heat your water a little more, do so now.
7. When your water is ready start the timer and introduce approx. 50 grams of water. Start from the center and pour slowly in a circular motion to ensure all the grounds are saturated. Allow the coffee to "bloom" for 30 seconds.
8. Slowly introduce 50 more grams of water in the same circular fashion. Continue doing this when the previous pour ALMOST runs dry. Your final weight should be 250 grams.
9. The process should take about 3 minutes. When you have reached 250 grams, remove the filter and pour over device. Enjoy your coffee!