How to Make Coffee with a Manual Dripper – Pour Over Infographic

Manual Drip Infographic

If you love drip coffee, but the auto-dripper you are using can’t brew a single cup, pour over coffee is one of the best options. Many people get discouraged by the technical aspect of brewing with a manual dripper. The reality is that it’s not that complicated.

This infographic shows you step by step how to use a pour over device to make a delicious coffee at home. It will be better than the coffee shop coffee.

The most important things when making coffee at home are the grind size and the brewing temperature. These two coffee brewing parameters can dramatically change the taste of your drink. Make sure you adjust these correctly. More on the subject in our manual drip brewing guide.

Manual Drip Infographic

Pour Over Coffee Recipe

  1. Heat up water to 205 °F in a kettle.
  2. Measure on a scale 30 grams of coffee for every 12 oz of water
  3. Grind the coffee to a medium grind size
  4. Line the dripper with a paper filter and pre-wet the filter.
  5. Add the ground coffee into the filter, and gently tap the dripper to level the grinds.
  6. Start pouring water over the grounds with a circular motion starting from the center to the edges.
  7. Pour just enough to cover all the coffee, and give it a stir with a wooden spoon.
  8. Allow the coffee to bloom and release the trapped gas, and then pour the rest of the water, allowing it to slowly drip. Total dripping time should be around 1 minute up to 80 seconds.

We would like to know what is your recipe for pour over. If you tried our recipe, how did you like it?

How To Make Coffee with A French Press [and Espresso]

French Press Brewing Guide Infographic

The French press is one of the most inexpensive coffee makers, and it is pretty versatile. People who like a stronger, and bolder cup, appreciate this coffee brewing method. Many times French press is compared to espresso, because of the ample body, and the strong aroma and flavor. Even if technically French pots cannot make real espresso, we can get a cup that resembles it. We just have to tweak the amount of water we use during brewing. We have a full French press brewing guide here, if you want to get into the fine details, and perfect your technique.

French Press Brewing Guide Infographic

How to Make Coffee with A French Press

  1. Grind Coffee
    For every 7 oz of water, use 8 g of coffee. That’s about a heaping tablespoon. Grind coffee beans coarsely for a clear coffee, or medium for an espresso body. If you want to get an espresso-like coffee, use half of the water with the same amount of beans.
  2. Warm Up Pot
    Brewing temperature drops fast in a cold French pot.
    Warm up your pot by filling it with hot water. Do that gradually so you don’t break the glass.
    This not only prevents getting a tepid coffee in the end, but it helps a proper extraction.
  3. Add Coffee Grounds
    Remove the hot water, and add the measured coffee grounds.
    Only remove the hot water when you are ready to brew. An empty pot will cool down faster.
  4. Pour Water
    Heat up water to 200 °F. The temperature range is actually between 194 and 200 °F. Lower temperatures will result in a more rounded taste.
    Pour some water over the grinds, just enough to cover the grounds. Stir vigorously to make sure all grinds are wet.
    When you made sure all grounds are saturated, pour the rest of the water and stir a couple more times.
  5. Seal Pot
    Press the plunger down to the water level, and close the lid. Make sure you turn the lid shut, so you seal it. Let it steep 3 – 5 min, according to your preference.
  6. Filter It
    After the 5 minutes, push the plunger all the way down, with a slow move. Press slowly, and don’t rush it up. If you press to hard, you’ll end up with silt and grounds in your coffee.
  7. Pour in Cups
    Pour in cups and serve immediately. Coffee is best served hot.
  8. Clean It
    Clean the pot by rinsing with warm water.

How to Make Coffee with a Moka Pot – Infographic

Infographic - How to Make Coffee with a Moka Pot

We created this infographic for the time pressed coffee lover that needs a strong coffee and needs to stay on a low budget. Many people call it stove top espresso maker, because it brews a strong and bold coffee, and it uses pressure during extraction. And we agree with that, moka pot is in many ways very similar to an espresso. Moreover, we can use it to prepare a beautiful latte or a delicious cappuccino, or a flat white. Here is the infographic, and at the end of the graphic you also have a written version of it. 

  1. Grind the coffee beans using a good burr grinder. The grind size is slightly coarser than espresso, but finer than drip.
  2. Fill the base of your moka pot with hot water up to the line, or slightly below. Never pass the sign.
  3. Place the funnel in the boiler chamber, (the base).
  4. Loosely fill the filter-funnel with coffee grounds. Do NOT pack the grounds as we do with espresso. If you pack them, there coffee will not raise in the collector chamber. Or it will raise too slow, and over-extract.
  5. Make sure rim is clean and screw on the top chamber onto the boiler. If the rim is not perfectly clean, the pot will lose pressure.
  6. Put the Moka pot on the burner on low, or medium heat. A gas stove is the best. The electric stove works too, but you need to use a heat diffuser.
  7. If you used hot water, after two minutes coffee will start to flow. If you used cold water, you’ll wait about 6-8 minutes until the top reservoir is full.
  8. Once coffee starts to flow in the top carafe, immediately take it off the heat. The residual heat will be enough to finish the brewing. Some people leave it on the stove until coffee is almost completely brewed, and then cool the base off with cold water to stop the brewing.
  9. Stir in the upper chamber with a spoon to mix the different coffee layers for uniform flavor.
  10. Pour it in cups right away.

For a complete how to, and more brewing tips, read our full tutorial about Brewing with a Moka Pot.

People call moka pot “stove top espresso”. The term is not a complete misnomer, because the brewing method uses pressure in the preparation process, and the cup you get is bold, thick and flavorful, similar to espresso. This why we included this infographic in our home barista espresso guide. You can make great lattes and cappuccinos using stove-top espresso, and you can even drink it neat. However, real espresso is a distinctive coffee, that needs more pressure and a controlled brewing temperature.

How to Make Coffee with an AeroPress – Infographic

Here is a simple step-by-step guide on how to use an AeroPress. Coffee prepared this way is a bold, full bodied cup. At the same time, the cup is very smooth, without the harsh notes and the bitterness associated with French Press. It is an inexpensive way to make an espresso alternative. Here is the recipe as an infographic, or lower in the page as a text :

Infographic - How to Make Coffee with an AeroPress

  1. Heat water
    Heat your water to 175 to 180 °F. If you don’t have a variable temperature kettle, or a thermometer, boil the water and let it sit for about two minutes.
  2. Rinse the Filter
    Place the paper filter inside the cap and rinse it with hot water. This way, you eliminate the filter’s papery taste, and you seal it inside the cap.
  3. Weigh and grind beans
    Use a scale to measure about 16-17g of beans. Grind the coffee slightly coarser than filter.
  4. Mix Coffee and Water
    Place your cap on the AeroPress and dump the grounds in. Add half of the water.
  5. Bloom
    Give it a few stirs and let the grounds bloom for 30 seconds. This allows the trapped gas to be released from the coffee and it helps the extraction.
  6. One more Stir
    Give it one or two more gentle stirs, and fill the AeroPress almost to the top. Allow some room for the plunger.
  7. Steeping time
    Insert the plunger in the brewing chamber, (just enough to seal it), and place the AeroPress on a cup, with the cap down.
  8. Filter It
    Press down with steady pressure to the end. Enjoy.

If you need a more thorough brewing guide, with geeky facts, tips and tricks, check our in depth AeroPress tutorial.

This infographic is part of our guide on how to brew espresso at home. AeroPress coffee is not espresso, but it is a great alternative, for those on a low budget. The advanced AeroPress guide shows you some great tips on how to pull shots that can pass as espresso. If you just need the coffee for a latte, don’t worry too much about “semantics”, this is perfect for your needs.

AeroPress Coffee Filters – [Metal vs Paper]

AeroPress Filters, paper, disk and metallic mesh

AeroPress Coffee FiltersThe AeroPress Coffee filters are one of the most important component of this brewing method. Choosing the right filter could make or break your coffee cup. I’m not saying that one is better than the other, just better for your taste. But we will get to that in a bit, bare with me.

We talked about the amazing versatility of AeroPress in our brewing tutorial, give it a read if you haven’t yet. Part of this remarkable versatility stems from the ability to choose from various different filters. There are on the market paper filters, and metal filters.

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What is the Best Coffee Grinder for French Press Coffee Maker

Best Grinder for French Press

Best Grinder for French Press

Coffee making, regardless of the brewing method require a good grinder. French press is no different, and picking up a grinder that does the job properly but doesn’t break the bank our subject today.

You probably know you need a really good grinder for French press brewing, since you are reading this page. Otherwise you would have stuck with that blade spice mill that has only one great advantage, is cheap. Or maybe you wanted a second opinion, or maybe curious if your current grinder is good enough. Chances are your current grinder is not the best.

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What is the Perfect Coffee Brewing Temperature and Perfect Drinking Temperature?

brewing pour over coffee with Hario kettle

brewing pour over coffee with Hario kettle

When making coffee the water temperature when brewing is one of the essential parameters. Use the wrong temperature and your coffee will be an odorless, insipid liquid, that barely qualify as drinkable. As a matter of fact the brewing temperature is just one of the factors that affect the perfect extraction. Coffee beans quality, grind size, brewing time, are also very important, and they are interdependent. The perfect temperature is only perfect if we consider a certain grind size and a certain extraction time. But we’ll show you in a bit how these are interconnected.

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How to Make Coffee Without Electricity?

Can we really make coffee without electricity?

There are various ways to make a joe without a coffee maker, or even without electricity. You can even make coffee without a source of heat, in other words without hot water.

Wait, don’t tell me you don’t even have a coffee pot. Don’t worry, we can show you even a way to make coffee without a pot. Depending on your setting, budget, and the pretentiousness of your taste buds, you can choose between the various solutions.

Coffee pot on open fire (actually a kettle)

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Dutch Cold Brew Coffee – What Is it and How to Make it?

Yama Cold Brew Tower

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Thanks to the innovations of baristas, the world of coffee is ever-evolving. We are always trying to find the best way to preserve and enhance the delicate flavors of coffee beans to create the perfect brew—but this isn’t new. Centuries before Starbucks, about three hundred years ago, the Dutch discovered a way to brew coffee that creates quite possibly the finest coffee taste to date, and it’s making a quick comeback. The Dutch might have forgotten the method, but the Japanese and the Koreans developed the method and transformed it into art.

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The Combination Coffee Espresso Machine – A Guide and Reviews

Combination Coffee Espresso Machine
The new hype in the home coffee brewing is the combination coffee espresso machine. If you’ve ever been mesmerized by the motions of your barista behind the counter while you waited on your latte, you’re not alone. There is a certain meditative quality to espresso drinks: brew the espresso, steam the milk, pour the espresso, pour the milk, wipe off the steam wand, flush the wand, repeat. Baristas are passionate for a reason. Coffee is a lifestyle.Combination Coffee Espresso Machine Now, you don’t have to fill out an application to your local coffee shop to experience the bliss of being a barista.… Read more

How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home, and Why Do It

Light roasted coffee beans
How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home I love home coffee roasting, and I’d do it on a regular basis, if I had the time. But time for me is the most expensive commodity, so I need to manage it carefully. Because of that, I have to rely on coffee roasters for my brewing needs. Anyway, I needed some specially roasted beans for my cold brew concoction, and no roasters seemed to have anything close to my needs. I dusted off my coffee roasting skills, and proceeded with the task at hand.

Why Roast Coffee at Home?

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Best Coffee for Cold Brew – How To Choose the Best Coffee Beans for Cold Brew

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Kone Coffee Filter Review – Chemex Permanent Filter

Able Brew Kone Filter

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Bonavita Immersion Dripper – Porcelain Pour Over Coffee Maker

Bonavita immersion dripper

Bonavita immersion dripperThe Bonavita immersion dripper is the answer to the main problem that people have with pour over coffee brewers and that is heat retention. Even though it looks a bit different than most pour over coffee makers, it is one of the best devices on the market.

My review is going to highlight how the Bonavita immersion dripper manages to maintain the temperature during brewing and what features sets it apart from the crowd. We will also show how Bonavita Immersion dripper compares to other industry competitors such as Clever dripper or the Hario V60.

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Hario V60 Coffee Maker Review

Pour over with Hario V60

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The Hario V60 coffee maker is one of my favorite brewing devices. I love drip coffee, but I am not exactly a fan of the automatic drip machines. A manual dripper is the perfect brewing device for drip, and it has been a regular in my kitchen and work place for years. When I first saw a manual dripper in a coffee shop a few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised. I saw the barista behind the counter preparing coffee with a V60, and it looked so right. Coffee lovers were finally given the proper attention in a coffee shop.

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