What makes pour over coffee makers a great choice
You may of course ask yourself what makes coffee obtained with a pour over maker different from that you can get from an espresso machine or a regular French press. Many experts believe that pour over coffee offers a better taste, not only because of the process, but also because it allows you to fully control the brewing by selecting your preferred water temperature and coffee strength. And pour over coffee fans believe that this is one of the best ways to get to enjoy the process of making coffee, because you can control every step of it while also getting to see the coffee pouring drip by drip.
Features to consider when choosing a pour over coffee maker
It goes without saying that there are many features to consider when shopping for a pour over coffee maker, ranging from the capacity of the machine to the type of carafe, the level of insulation to keep your coffee hot for longer, as well as the type of filter used. You should also consider the design and dimensions of the coffee maker to be sure that it will work well on your countertop.
Type of coffee maker
The two main types of pour over coffee makers are manual and automatic. With manual ones, you need to oversee the entire brewing process, whereas automatic models do the job for you. If you’re looking for single-cup coffee makers, you can get one in the form of a traveling mug such as the Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer Mug, or the Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper to use with any of the mugs in your kitchen.
Most of the pour-over coffee makers available on the market state their capacity in ounces, and some of them also mention how many cups of coffee you can get with a single brew. Consider how many cups of coffee do you need in the morning for your entire family, but also think of situations where you might have guests around for a chat over a cup. If you’re only looking to brew coffee for a single person, there are multiple options available, including the 17 oz version of the Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker and the Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer Mug, which is also suitable for travel.
Type of carafe
The two main types of carafes you can generally find in pour over coffee makers are glass and thermal. Glass models are generally cheaper, but thermal ones are more durable, with the added advantage of keeping your coffee hotter for longer.
The insulation of the carafe is important because it determines for how long your coffee will remain hot after brewing. A carafe with a regular single wall will not be able to maintain a high temperature for long, but if you opt for a model with vacuum sealed double walls, you might expect to have your coffee hot for 6 hours or more.
Design, dimensions and weight
The design should be taken into account not only when it comes to the way the coffee maker looks on your countertop, but also for situations where you might need to take it out of the house. For example, if you are looking for a coffee dripper that you can take with you travelling, you may find the Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer Mug a good choice. The dimensions and the weight of the coffee maker also important particularly when you find yourself in situations where you need to move it a lot, like in an office, for example.
Type of filter
The two main types of filters you can find in pour over coffee makers are paper and stainless-steel filters. Models that require traditional paper filters are generally less expensive, and they do a good job at making sure there are no sediments in your cup. However, stainless steel filters are more environmentally-friendly and easier to use because you don’t have to remember to buy any paper filters. Most of them are also dishwasher-friendly for easy care.
How to make the perfect cup of coffee using a pour over coffee maker
To make a perfect cup of coffee with your new pour-over coffee maker, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. As a rule of thumb, all you need to do is pour a specific amount of freshly boiled water over the coffee grounds you have placed in the filter and then wait for a couple of minutes for the coffee to drip into the carafe. You have control over the temperature of the water and the strength of the coffee want to use, as well as the grind. Coarse grinds generally work best for these coffee makers.