My husband and I really love our coffee. Do you? Maybe you too have a French press, an Aeropress, a Chemex, and a good burr grinder. (Oh, coffee toys; what a dangerous habit!) But there's one sort of coffee we don't make right now, and that's pour over, a simple yet craftsmanlike method of slowly and meditatively soaking coffee grounds set in a filter over a cup or pitcher.
It's one of the simplest ways to brew, but ironically it also offers some of the fanciest toys. Here are five really lovely and luxurious setups for making pour over coffee, plus a few more things that, no matter how simple or elaborate your setup, are still essential.
Pour over is commonly found in coffee bars that focus on well-roasted, slow-brewed coffee, and it's also one of the simplest ways to make a good cup at home. (And oh yes, Chemex is also a form of pour over, although usually used for larger batches, not just one cup, like a pour over dripper.)
The intersection of artisanal coffee with creative types (fueled by plenty of Ethiopian pour overs, no doubt) has also produced some truly fancy gear to hold your filter and your joe. Here are a few favorites.
5 Luxurious Pour Over Coffee Stands
- The Curator V60 Pour Over Stand, $125 from The Coffee Registry
- The Boxer: Original Wooden Pour Over Coffee Station, $79 from Alder Coffee Goods
- Pour-Over Stand, $85 from Solid Mfg. Co.
- Pour Over Coffee Stand made entirely with repurposed skateboards, $90 from Genuine Woodworking
- Wheel Thrown Pour Over Coffee Mug Set, $65 from Toast Ceramics
5 Pour Over Coffee Basics
But regardless of whether you use a fancy-schmancy stand, or you just perch a ceramic dripper on your favorite mug, here are are five basics that are very helpful for a good cup of pour over. There's a basic dripper, a gooseneck kettle (for a controlled pour), reusable CoffeeSock filter, a basic grinder, and one of my favorite coffees.
- Hario VDC-02W V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, $19.46 at Amazon
- Hario V60 Buono Coffee Drip Kettle, $39.48 at Amazon
- CoffeeSock Hario V60 Filter, $9.99 at Amazon
- KRUPS Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder, $17.99 at Amazon
- Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gelena Abaya Natural, $24/pound from Blue Bottle Coffee
Do you use a pour over system? Any good tips for the best results?