There are many methods to brew coffee, so why pour-over is the best for newbies? Read on to find out why this method is worth trying.
Personally, it wasn’t really that nerve-wracking the first time I tried to brew my own coffee. Just the thought of using a pour-over made me giddy. So although the taste of my first concoction was less than desired, the experience alone was gratifying as I discovered so many new things to learn.
I never said the pour-over method would be the easiest (I will give that distinction to the French press). But I believe that if you truly want a gateway to learning how to brew your own cup, this is how it should be done. Here are five reasons why pour-over is the best choice.
1. It Offers Room For Adjustments
Several factors will affect the taste of your coffee, from the type and amount of grounds, to the water’s temperature, to how fast you pour the water. Once you establish your preference, you can easily maneuver to make your ideal cup.
Your creativity will flourish with this method, and it won’t punish you for it. Just remember to take notes!
You might also enjoy our reasons why you should own a Hario V60 for your coffee.
2. It Gives A Bolder And Robust Cup
This method is used both by learners and professionals because it releases the full flavor of your coffee beans. Pour over allows every compound of the grounds to be extracted, supported by the paper filter which separates the oil and residues, to give you an amazing and aromatic cup.
Your first few brews might turn out slightly bitter, but it gets better. Although challenging to master, the pour-over method will give you the leeway to make mistakes as it will still give you a quality cup no matter how bad you brewed it. I’ll take the pour-over coffee over instant, any day of the week.
The Kalita Wave is probably the easiest pour-over for novices, as it is more tolerant to brewing blunders than the Chemex or the Hario V60.
3. It Is All Analog And User-Friendly
There are no complicated instructions as to how you will use it. There are no buttons, electrical components, or other contraptions; it is as straightforward as it looks. It’s easier to transport to brew anywhere, whether in the office or an outdoor gathering.
I also love how it is easy to clean, maintain, and store, unlike your typical coffee machines. It is dishwasher friendly (though I use a bottle scrub to clean the vessel), and it is not that big to keep in the cupboard. The paper filter can be thrown directly after use, although you can use it in a variety of ways for an eco-friendly approach.
4. Pour-Over Coffee Is Healthier
Those paper filters that you use with every brew? It turns out it vastly helps in maintaining your health.
The oil strained from your coffee grounds contains diterpenes called cafestol and kahweol. These compounds are known to raise lipid levels and are potent because they might affect your body’s ability to metabolize your blood cholesterol levels properly.
A 2007 Science Daily article disclosed you might experience a significant increase in cholesterol levels if you drink up to five cups of unfiltered coffee daily. This finding is supported by a study conducted by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology which states that women who drank filtered coffee regularly were 12% less likely to die from cardiovascular diseases, and men were 20% less likely. Pour-over coffee is better for your heart and blood pressure, so you might want to switch from instant coffee.
5. It Is Cheap And Easy To Buy
Pour-over coffee makers are affordable, especially compared to a Chemex.
It’s widely available, as well. You can buy a Kalita Wave or a Hario V60 in your nearest Walmart or other prominent grocery stores. You can also opt to order online through Amazon or directly from the manufacturer’s website.
Instead of spending a substantial amount on coffee machines, why not opt for a budget-friendly pour-over coffee maker? It is cost-efficient, and the experience it brings when you start to brew your cup of Joe manually will be incomparable.