Coffee is the fountain of life for most Americans. A cup of steamy hot coffee with just the right amount of flavor and bitter body makes any gloomy day a lot brighter. The remote work era has boomed, and with it, an increase in coffee lovers looking for in-home brewing solutions. The pour over and standard drip coffee are two of the most common brew types which we will cover here.
Pour over versus Drip Coffee
Pour over coffee is considered the artisanal method of brewing coffee. This easy at-home method of brewing coffee is increasingly popular with anyone looking to get a delicious cup of java without having to get into a queue at Starbucks. Pour-over coffee is a manual method that allows you to control many aspects of the brew process, thereby producing some of the best possible cups of coffee…or at least the one that best fits your profile.
Many artisanal coffee shops use this method to brew single-serving cups of coffee. The process involves placing a pour-over coffee maker over a mug or a carafe and slowly pouring water over coffee grounds. The method releases aromatic oils and flavors from the grounds and is known to produce a very consistently good cup of coffee every time.
The workhorse of regular coffee is known as a drip coffee maker. These daily machines are mostly automated and can be set to produce coffee at a specific time each day. You fill the coffee grounds up in the machine and select a time you want the coffee done.
The drip coffee maker gets its name from the process of how the water passes through the coffee grounds. The water heats up and creates pressure within the machine, it pushes up, and gravity helps bring the water down through the coffee grounds. The water begins to drip through the coffee grounds.
The pros of Pour-over home brewing
There are a lot of advantages to pour-over coffee making. One of the reasons this brew method is so popular is its control over your brew. You can control the strength, flavor, and speed at which the hot water passes through the coffee. The amount of water you want to add is also entirely up to your preferences. Pour-over coffee makers are versatile and can be used to make cold brew coffee and espresso too!
The brewing process is designed to get the best flavors out of your coffee. It naturally takes more time than using a drip coffee machine but the results are worth the wait and extra effort. When people call coffee brewing an art, images of pour overs immediately come to mind. For some pour-over coffee enthusiasts, making coffee in this manner is a part of daily meditation. The Pour-over brewing method is ideally suited to serious coffee drinkers and baristas.
The pros of Drip brewing coffee
Drip coffee is quick and easy. Minimal effort is required to get a good cup of coffee. Of course, the biggest difference is that drip brewing involve an actual coffee machine. While these machines will be more expensive than a pour over device, there's a huge value in the convenience and time-saving benefits it affords.
Many homes use drip coffee makers as a quick grab-and-go first coffee of the morning solution. Most modern drip brewers are automated and have a timer that you can set; all you need to do is make sure your pot is in place and that there is enough water and fresh coffee grounds.
A drip brewer is best suited for the casual coffee drinker who also values convenience. There are plenty of brands of drip makers on the market, and some are very affordable.
Getting the best Pour-over
The kind of pour-over coffee maker isn't of huge importance as they all work using the same basic principles.
Some prefer the ease of an all-in-one coffee maker (like the Uno Casa). These have a carafe with a removable filter; this kind is often easiest to use as you don't need to balance the filter stand on top of a mug. However, there are plenty of over mug brands; make sure the one you get is sturdy and stays put when pouring your water in.
Here is how to get the best pour every time:
- Heat your water to between 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit
- While your water is heating up, grind the coffee beans and prep your filter.
- Measuring the right amount of coffee for your cup, place the coffee grounds into the filter
- Wet the grounds slightly with some warm water
- Begin pouring the water in a clockwise motion for 30 seconds, stop pouring, allow the coffee to bloom
- Once the water has drained, pour for another 30 seconds, allow the coffee to filter into the carafe or mug slowly.
- Enjoy your cup of home-brewed bliss, whether you like it with a dash of cream or a spoon of sugar.
- Tip: It helps to have the exact amount of water needed measured out. A gooseneck kettle is also perfect for slow pouring; the long spout ensures you can pour water evenly across the ground beans. Most gooseneck kettles have a built-in temperature gauge.
Hopefully this overview of the differences between pour overs and drip coffee makers has given you a starting point for choosing your best brew method. Each coffee drinker is different so be sure to consider your own personal needs before making the investment. Beyond these two popular brewing methods are plenty of other options such as the French Press and Moka Pot.
If you're looking to learn even more about the world of coffee brewing, check out our helpful infographic.