Omari Gourmet Coffee and Tea
Manual Brewing (Pour-Over)
A great way to prepare fresh coffee one cup at a time is to use a cone shaped manual or pour-over brewer. This is an easy way to make fresh, high-clarity brewed coffee in an environment that is easy to clean, control, and keep up. These filters are sometimes referred to by the brand name Melitta. Brewing with the pour-over method is extremely cost effective and requires very little counter space.
Manual filter cones or baskets come in different shapes and sizes. It is important to use a brew basket that is appropriate for the amount of coffee you wish to brew. A wedge shaped filter is better for brewing smaller amounts of coffee (1 to 3 cups) and flat-bottomed baskets work best for larger brews.
How to Use a Manual Filter
The items required for preparing coffee using this brewing method are:
- A ceramic or plastic cone brewer (not to be confused with a gold filter) and a paper filter (cloth, metal, or synthetic filters can also be used).
- Freshly ground coffee.
- A vessel, like a preheated mug or thermos.
- Hot Water
- A spoon
Proper grind and portioning, as always, are essential in order for proper extraction to occur. The amount of ground coffee you use depends on how much you are brewing. A general rule of thumb for filter coffee is just about 2 tablespoons per 6 oz. Of course you can always adjust to your taste.
- Preheat your mug or thermos with hot water.
- Place a filter into the brew basket.
- Boil water. (Water temp. should be approx. 95 degree C/203 degree F.)
- Measure the coffee into the filter and level out the bed of coffee a bit to obtain an even extraction.
- Measure hot water and pour a small amount of water over the grounds to moisten the surface. Let stand a few seconds to allow the grounds to absorb the water and any “blooming” to dissipate.
- Slowly pour the remaining water over the grounds in a circular motion. If any of the grounds remain dry or if the flow of the drip stops, give it a stir.
- After the water has run through all the grounds remove the basket from the container and stir the coffee.