Brew Better: Tips and Tools for Great Pour-Over Coffee

A pour-over cup gives you a richer flavor than a drip machine and an extra kick of caffeine.

Pouring out coffee
Pour over coffee has about twice as much caffeine as a shot of espresso.Pexels/Tadeu Gabriel Arcieri

Pour-over coffee might take longer to make than your typical drip, but the results are worth waiting for. Fans swear that pour-over filters produce better-tasting coffee than drip brewers, and a well-designed one can last up to lifetime. Once you have your brewer, use a slow-pouring “gooseneck” kettle to add boiling water to the grinds. Pour in concentric circles to maintain a consistent flow, let it drip and then get sipping.

Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker with Permanent Filter, 1 Liter, 34 Ounce, Black Band

An Alternative to Paper

Brews up to eight 4 oz. cups in one batch, and it's dishwasher safe.Bodum

To avoid giving your coffee a papery taste, rinse your paper coffee filters before use. Better yet, try a stainless-steel mesh filter pour-over brewer to bring out the natural aroma of the grinds—and create less waste.

CHEMEX Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker - Classic Series - 8-Cup - Exclusive Packaging

Hourglass Brewer

Leftover java can be stored in the refrigerator for later use without losing its flavor.Chemex

For optimal taste, boil filtered water to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and let it stand for 30 seconds before pouring. A coffee maker that uses non-porous Borosilicate glass ensures it won’t absorb odors or chemical residues once you add water.

Hario Ceramic Coffee Dripper, Size 02, White

Slow Pour

The material retains heat to guarantee a consistent temperature throughout the brewing process, leading to a better-tasting cup of coffee.Hario

The upside-down cone is a classic shape for a pour-over coffee brewer—and it’s also the simplest. Just set it on top of your mug, add a paper or mesh filter, your coffee grounds and hot water and...your coffee is made!