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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.


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