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How to Make Pour-Over Coffee with a Dripper



The pour-over method is a beloved technique among coffee enthusiasts for its ability to extract nuanced flavours and aromas, resulting in a truly satisfying brew. With a simple dripper and some patience, you can unlock a world of rich and complex coffee profiles right from your own kitchen. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of making pour-over coffee with a dripper, from preparing the equipment to mastering the pouring technique. Get ready to elevate your coffee experience to new heights and awaken your taste buds with each delightful sip. Let’s dive in!



Step 1. Gather your supplies: You will need a pour-over dripper (we personally love the Hario V60), a paper filter, medium-coarse ground coffee, a kettle for hot water, a carafe or mug, and a timer.

Step 2. Heat the water: Begin by heating water in your kettle. Aim for a temperature between 90°C and 96°C, which is slightly below boiling.

Step 3. Prepare the dripper and filter: Place a paper filter in the dripper and rinse it with hot water. This helps remove any paper taste and preheats the dripper. Discard the rinsed water from the carafe or mug.

Step 4. Add coffee grounds: Add your desired amount of medium-coarse ground coffee to the filter. A general guideline is 1 tablespoon of coffee for every 6 ounces (170ml) of water, but you can adjust according to your taste preferences. (For more precise measurements, you can place your carafe/mug and dripper on a kitchen scale and take the weights of the coffee and water, where a ratio of 1:16 coffee to water is generally recommended.)

Step 5. Bloom the coffee: Start the brewing process by pouring a small amount of hot water (about twice the weight of the coffee grounds) over the coffee in a circular motion. Allow it to bloom for about 30 seconds. This helps release trapped gases and enhances the flavours.

Step 6. Begin the pour-over: Start pouring the remaining hot water in a slow, controlled manner, using a circular motion. Pour in a steady stream, evenly saturating all the coffee grounds. Be patient and avoid pouring on the edges of the filter.

Step 7. Maintain the water level: Pour the water in intervals, keeping the water level in the dripper consistent but not overflowing. Allow the water to flow through the coffee and into the carafe or mug.

Step 8. Adjust the extraction rate: A slower pour will result in a stronger, more concentrated coffee, while a faster pour will be lighter. Experiment with different pouring speeds to find your preferred taste.

Step 9. Let it finish brewing: Once you’ve poured all the water, let the remaining drips finish the brewing process. It may take a minute or two depending on your pouring speed.

Step 10. Serve and enjoy: Carefully remove the dripper, discard the used filter, and pour your freshly brewed pour-over coffee into your favourite mug or carafe. Savour the aroma and flavours of your meticulously crafted coffee.


Remember, the art of pour-over coffee involves practice and experimentation. By adjusting variables such as grind size, water temperature, pouring technique, and coffee-to-water ratio, you can fine-tune your brew to suit your taste preferences. Enjoy the journey of discovering your perfect cup of pour-over coffee!


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