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So Tired, So Simple - A New Pour-Over Coffee Ritual

pour over coffee ritualThis whole house-selling business is exhausting. I get up early to work on house projects and stay up late wondering how we will manage showings and what house we will buy. Like the addict I am, I'm making coffee a lot more regularly now. As recently as six months ago, I was grinding beans by hand and futzing with a French Press. To be honest, I couldn't tell that the finished product was much better than what my parents make with a drip machine but I liked the routine.

Jason from Thunderkiss Coffee introduced me to a better way: the pour-over method. The pour-over eliminates grounds in the mug, bulky appliances on the counter, and about 60 seconds from pour to sip.

The Way I Pour

I fill and start the electric hot water kettle. As that's warming, I pull out my mug, paper filter and $3 plastic filter cone. Someday I'll spring for a vintage ceramic cone and reusable gold filter but for now I'm hanging tight with the cheap ones.

I scoop a heaping tablespoon of ground coffee (that's right, I buy pre-ground coffee now because our hand-grinder was a mess and I realized I needed to upgrade to an expensive burr grinder or give in) into the filter. Typically by this time the water comes to a boil. I allow it to cool for just a second (Coffee Geek says coffee brews best at 192-204F) and fill the filter.

coffee grounds in pour-over method

As the water drips down, I add more until my cup is filled. I usually unload or load the dishwasher in the 1-2 minutes I'm waiting for the coffee to finish.

pour over coffee dripping

Toss the grounds into the compost collector, rinse the cone, and I'm ready to face the day.

How do you brew?

  PS. I'm sorry that I didn't take a picture of the final product. I was, you know, tired.