How to make the perfect pour-over
Pour-over brewing is a simple way to brew a clean, bright cup. It brings out subtle nuances in coffee, particularly those with bright, sparkling flavors.
Heat fresh water to 200° F.
Peet's tip: To reach the right temperature, bring water to a boil and then let it stand for 30 seconds.
Measure 25 grams of freshly roasted coffee beans.
Peet's tip: 25 grams is about 5 tablespoons or 2.5 standard coffee scoops.
Fold down the seam of the paper filter and place it into the pour over cone so it lies flat. Then rinse the filter with hot water. Grind coffee to the coarseness of sand.
Peet's tip: Rinsing the filter helps eliminate any paper flavors and preheating cone and carafe can help keep temperature consistent throughout the brewing process. Grind size affects drip time and extraction. If your brew is too slow, try a slightly coarser grind. If it drips through too quickly, try a little finer.
Discard the hot water and place the V60 and carafe on your scale. Add ground coffee and then zero out or "tare" the scale. Pour just enough water (50 grams, or twice the weight of the coffee grounds) in a spiral motion to saturate the grounds, then wait 30 seconds.
Peet's tip: When hot water meets coffee grounds, CO2 escapes and expands, creating a "bloom." Once the off-gassing is complete, the grounds are more receptive to absorbing water, resulting in a better extraction of flavors.
At the 30 second mark, resume pouring water over the grounds until your scale reaches 400 grams and your timer reaches 2 minutes. Pour first in a spiral pattern, and then straight down, keeping coffee grounds fully saturated from start to finish.
Peet's tip: The secret to perfect coffee is the right ratio of coffee to water —1:16, or 1 gram of coffee for every 16 grams of water.
Give the coffee in your carafe a final swirl. Your coffee is now ready for you to enjoy.