How to Make Pour-Over Coffee | Perfect Coffee

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My name is Mike Jones and I’m a barista at Third Rail Coffee, right by Washington Square Park in New York City. I’m going to teach you some basic coffee making skills. I’m gonna show you how to make pour over coffee, using this Chemex brewer. And, I’m gonna be using the method that we use at the cafe where I work at, Third Rail Coffee.

So, the first thing you do is start off with 23 grams of coffee, if you have a scale. I definitely recommend getting one. It makes brewing at home a lot easier, but it’s also gonna be three flat scoops. So, you’ll take that and grind it. You’re gonna do just a medium grind on this.

The next step is to pre-wet the filter. Now, what this does is make sure that everything’s up to heat. So that there’s not temperature loss, which would result in sour coffee. But it also removes some of the paper taste from the filter. It ends up being pretty noticeable. You can do an experiment, where you just taste the water that you run through the filter. And it’s pretty clear that there’s a, sort of, cardboard-y, gross taste that you don’t want in the coffee.

So, once you’ve done that, just dump it out. The dumping of the water from a Chemex is one of the unspoken arts. All right, so once all the water’s out, you add the grounds to the Chemex. And then just kind of shake it around, to make sure it’s flat in there. Now, I’m gonna be doing this on a scale of two 400 grams of water. This would also be around 12 and a half ounces. All right, so you add the water. Now, if you’re using a tea kettle, you either wanna take water just off boil and transfer it to another device, or just let it sit for 30 seconds and use the tea kettle.

The first thing you’re gonna do is, pour just enough water to wet all the grounds that are in there. And you let that sit for 30 to 45 seconds. This is called ‘blooming’. And what it does is, let some of the gasses release. So, if you were to pour all the water at once, the gasses would, kind of, create this barrier between the water and the grounds, which would lead to an uneven extraction. And probably taste sour, weak.

So after 30 seconds, you’re gonna pour. You wanna pour pretty slowly, starting in the center and then going in concentric circles, all the way to the edge. But, without actually pouring down the sides of the filter. This would just rush right through the grounds, and then over extract, causing it to be bitter. And you can come back in and circle out again. This whole process should take between three and a half to four minutes. If it goes, if the water runs too fast, you wanna use a finer grind. And then, if it’s taking too long to drip through, you’re gonna wanna use a coarser grind.

All right, so we’ve added all the water we’re gonna use. And you’re just gonna just finish it up with a gentle stir. I always like to do a little x and then a circle. And this gets some of the grounds off the bed, or off the walls, of the Chemex, so that they all extract.

And then, again, this is the part where you can start making sure the timing is right. If it’s taking too long, you have to make an adjustment.

So, once all the water’s drained through, you’re gonna remove the filter. And you wanna make sure you do this, before it dries out. Because the last few drops, they’re not gonna taste so good.

So, just pull that out and you can throw it away or compost it. And then, after you let it cool, it’s ready to serve.

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  1. David Alexander
    April 15, 2017

    I was under the impression you just put the coffee grounds in the filter, pour the water and then enjoy your cup of coffee, but the way it was presented here, made it sound like a real chore just to make a pot of coffee. Very detailed and technical. Not sure I want to buy one of the pour over coffee makers now. I'll stick with my black and decker for now. I'm not exactly a connoisseur of coffee and maybe you have to be to want to use the pour over method. Nice video and it was presented very well,.

  2. L
    May 7, 2017

    oshiete oshiete yo…

  3. Adrienne Rudie
    June 25, 2017

    My husband and I fashioned a pour over with a Mr. coffee carafe and an auto filter. Works great! We also heat water with an electric kettle. You don't need all of this stuff.

  4. Raul Casiano
    June 26, 2017

    Mike Jones who!! HTown

  5. John Baginski
    July 16, 2017

    This is one of the better videos in brewing coffee.

  6. Michael
    July 24, 2017

    Mike Jouuuunes,Mike Jouuuuuunes

  7. Marvincent Acuña
    July 28, 2017

    K, I'll stick to my cold brew and soak-then-strain coffee.

  8. dreamyu430
    August 1, 2017

    Mike Jones? Who?

  9. Rebecca Workman
    August 5, 2017

    Mike Jones. Who? Mike Jones. Who?

  10. mnGaKiido
    September 2, 2017

    Is it supposed to taste too bitter like an espresso? I didnt like it

  11. DOOMSDAY Games
    September 7, 2017

    Oh my god i just used this method for my cup of joe and it was frickin amazing. (Using no measurements) and was absolutely superb. Measurements not really required though.

  12. BJ Martin
    September 10, 2017

    That and everyone else that does coffee would not be strong enough for me. And I've been doing pour over for more than 12 years.

  13. J Belle
    September 11, 2017

    I'm sorry the shooting angle is suck!

  14. Tensley Taylor
    September 16, 2017

    Fuck this shit im going to starbucks.

  15. Erick Rosa
    September 21, 2017

    This is how a coffee machine works anyway

  16. slametawaluddin
    October 6, 2017

    You must be get laid much

  17. Jack Daniels
    October 30, 2017

    لا يفوتكم كافيه خطوة الجمل في طريق ابو بكر عاليمين و انت طالع شمال قبل الدائري الشمالي بالرياض .
    نفس الطريقه تلقونها هونيك.

  18. Paul Saul
    November 7, 2017

    So this is it eh folks?
    We've arrived

  19. Josh Ua
    November 7, 2017

    I would like to see the actual grinds having water poured over them. You described the process but never showed it.

  20. sam ost
    November 14, 2017


  21. Pete Jeffris
    November 16, 2017

    my filter is made of fine metal mesh so I don't use a filter. Also I use boiling water straight off the stove because coffee never seems to be hot enough for me. #oldpeoplemouth

  22. Mr Psycho Phoenix
    November 25, 2017

    Came here from tokyo ghoul

  23. niktesla123
    December 3, 2017

    A butterfly farted in Zimbabwe so I had to start again.

  24. meredith grey
    December 5, 2017

    Is it possible to do this without chemex but with sth else?

  25. Nick Corona
    December 9, 2017

    Why would you not spend time explaining the most complex part about making pour over coffee? Folding the filter.

  26. Ricky909
    December 11, 2017

    this guy made sweet gentle love to that coffee

  27. TEA and DRUM
    December 22, 2017


  28. XED
    December 26, 2017

    That neck is more tilted than the leaning tower of pisa

  29. Sitaram Paudel
    January 1, 2018
  30. Eivind Jac
    January 13, 2018

    Making coffee difficult…..

  31. RedBeard's Tube of Stuff
    January 29, 2018

    Mike Jones.. The one and only you can't clone me.

  32. walkingthevalley
    February 9, 2018

    A Mr. Coffee drip coffeemaker–the kind that 99% of people owned before Keurig came out–can do this. You can buy it at Walmart.

  33. Milquetoast Eugenicist
    February 12, 2018

    Night and daaaaaay duuuuuude. This and filter drip? No compaaaaaarison dudebro! You just get so pitted! Like BWAAAHWAAAH! It just spits you out, I mean that other coffee you just spit out. But with this you get pitted, so pitted…like that.

  34. vividbladebeats
    February 25, 2018

    Co-Centric Circles hahahahaha

  35. Ruben Garcia Jr
    February 25, 2018

    I want that grinder

  36. Exiled Grammar Nazi
    March 28, 2018

    when you're desperate enough to watch a howcast video

  37. Brandon Warner
    April 2, 2018

    but how long should it take to pour the water in?

  38. Lost Angeles
    April 22, 2018

    I wish u did a down shot to see it better.. otherwise thank u

  39. Medical Maverick
    May 8, 2018


  40. nathen
    May 8, 2018


  41. Rannick
    May 13, 2018

    All that for one cup of joe? Dude, bro… I'll stick with my electric coffee brewer. Thanks

  42. Zuhair S
    May 24, 2018

    Besides the scale, the grinder, the lab equipment, tungsten
    , coils bluw flame and filters I need any other power tools like a drill to make a hole in my brain?

  43. F O
    May 25, 2018

    Worst video ever, I see only water. Really bad

  44. Wanderlust Rupen
    May 29, 2018

    Hi, nice video. Subscribed you. Please subscribed to my channel.

  45. Kevin Hershock
    June 6, 2018

    WHO? … mike jonnnnes.

  46. Rachid BOUDERKA
    June 9, 2018

    Honestly, none needs that

  47. JasTGC 911
    June 17, 2018

    I searched tokyo ghoul and saw this

  48. Allen
    June 17, 2018

    Do you warm the coffee back up or nah?

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