You know the situation; it’s a workday and you woke up late and now there’s not enough time to do a traditional pour over coffee, forget picking something up on the way to work, the lines are always too long! Wouldn’t it be nice to have an coffee brewer that made pour over coffee, and even better, automatically? Lo and behold! There are a few pour over coffee brewers available. They range in price from $180 to $570, and these brewers meet the SCAA Certified Home Brewer standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). So you know you’re not wasting your money.
Why bother with a brewer that specializes in the pour over coffee method? Besides being the best way to brew coffee, pour over coffee brewers offer a simple hassle-free way to brew pour over coffee. Since they are automatic, you just set it at night and wake up to a fresh cup of pour over coffee. What could beat that? Other than a personal valet who makes pour over coffee for you, nothing obviously.
So check out our Pour Over Coffee Brewers buying guide.
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If you saw Death Wish Coffee’s Super Bowl TV Commercial, you might wonder what makes Death Wish Coffee so strong.
Is it the roast level?
Turns out it’s not the roast level, exactly.
They tell the story themselves. Their beans are a mix of Robusta and Arabica beans that they dark roast, resulting in flavor hints of cherry and chocolate. Additionally, you brew it a little stronger for the full effect. So what makes the coffee so strong?
It’s the caffeine.
How do you get a higher-caffeine coffee bean without some sort of hybridization, GMO, or discovery of a special high-caffeine bean from the deep, dark rainforests of Ethiopia? Actually, the Death Wish beans are sourced from India and Peru.
Is the caffeine manually added, maybe by soaking the beans in liquid caffeine? In reality, the blend of Robusta and Arabica beans increases the caffeine level. Robusta coffee beans contain almost twice the caffeine as Arabica, but the extra caffeine makes the Robusta bitter. When the two are blended, you get more caffeine than our average coffee, but a better flavor than you would with just Robusta beans.
According to Caffeine Informer, the caffeine content is 660 mg per 12 oz cup. Wow! Put down that meth pipe! That is strong. If you have a pre-existing heart condition or a hair-trigger temper, at least get the O.K. from your cardiologist or parole officer.
For reference a typical 12 oz cup of brewed coffee contains 260 mg of caffeine.
Death Wish Coffee, not for the faint of heart, literally, but if you’re looking for a kick in the pants before you head out into the cruel world, brew a cup of Death Wish Coffee, it’s probably very popular on Bering Sea crab fishing boats.
Death Wish Coffee Roasters also offers a less caffeinated version called Valhalla, for the more sedate coffee lovers among us.
Order directly from Death Wish Coffee here
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It’s National Coffee Day, show your love for coffee! And tomorrow when you have that coffee hangover, remember that a little hair of the dog will get you through. Drink up!
Hario V60 Drip Scale is the perfect digital scale for pour-over coffee brewing.
UPDATE: We reviewed the Hario V60 Drip Scale 3 years ago. This is an update.
After daily multiple uses, this scale is still going strong. Everything works as if it was just purchased. One notable item to mention is this, do not let the liquids run over the brim of your cup. The liquid will get inside the scale and make it stop working. Occasionally a suction formed around the rubber collar and the cone of the Metal Hario V60 Dripper, and caused the coffee to run down the side of he cup and into the scale. But don’t panic, remove the batteries, pour out any liquid got inside the scale and place, on end, in a sunny window to evaporate the coffee from the scale, take care to be certain it’s 100% dry before replacing the batteries and using. This happened several times and every time the Hario V60 Digital Scale worked perfectly. This is not to suggest that you should make a habit of this act of carelessness, take care of your digital scale.
Original Hario V60 Drip Scale post:
After going cheap and trying a standard kitchen scale it became apparent it was fairly useless for accurate pour-over coffee brewing. Why? The one we tested shut off after two minutes, the proper brew time for pour-over coffee is at least 3 minutes. The second issue is the lack of a timer. When brewing pour-over coffee you need to time the bloom and then the remaining pour. Hario V60 Drip Scale has a built-in timer which is pretty handy for the groggy mind in the wee hours.
Hario V60 Drip Scale is easy to use
After unboxing you’ll find the unit compact and well designed. It was refreshing to see the controls simple and easy to press. The scale uses the metric system, measuring to the 1/10 of a gram if needed, an extra push of the ON/OFF TARE button was needed.
Place your cup or carafe and Hario V60 Dripper with a moistened filter on the scale then press TARE button until it reads zero. Add freshly ground coffee to desired measurement, usually 24g. Press TARE again. Bloom coffee with 30-60g of hot water, start timer, bloom for around one minute. The add water in increments for 3 minutes totaling 385g.
We thought the Hario V60 Drip Scale was a sharp-looking device. Kudos to Hario’s industrial design team and general aesthetic. The construction is plastic and the finish is flat black. Stains will show, but wipe off easily.
The unit is compact, light-weight and easy to handle. We found it felt a bit on the light side after using a heavier kitchen model.
The display is a typical LED, no back light though, we don’t know if this is a problem, figuring that not many people brew pour-over coffee in the dark, but maybe people with vision issues will find it difficult to read.
On the back is a wall hanging hole for wall storage. The plastic will scratch when finding the hook with hole, as we regrettably found out. So be careful.
We are very happy with the Hario V60 Drip Scale, with only one regret: that we didn’t get one sooner! Pour-over Coffee World gives the Hario V60 Drip Scale 4 1/2 stars. Buy one now. A great Father’s Day gift idea.
Metal Coffee Drippers offer something plastic/resin, glass and ceramic drippers can’t: being unbreakable. Granted, they can be bent, dented, scratched and squished, but if you knock a metal coffee dripper off the counter they will not break. As we painfully found out on the second day of brewing.
The Hario V60 is made from stainless steal so you can be assured that they are as flavorless as glass and ceramic. Hario recently introduced the V60 Metal Dripper, available in copper, silver and black. Copper and black have a clear coating on the surface, the silver which is not coated.
Hario V60 Metal Coffee Dripper
Recently acquired by POCW we tested the Hario V60 Metal coffee dripper and find the steal cone nicely manufactured as well as visually pleasing. The construction was a spun metal cone seated on a black rubber base. The V60 Metal Coffee Dripper comes in metal-copper, metal-silver and metal-black. Shop Here (Amazon)
Hario also makes a solid copper V60 Coffee Dripper, but it is at a considerable cost increase. Available Here (Amazon)
Check out the YouTube video review here.
Kalita Wave Metal Coffee Dripper
We have not tested the Kalita wave coffee dripper yet, But the reviews from other sites are pretty favorable. Available at Amazon as well.
Send us an email if there are other metal coffee drippers not listed.
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Choosing the right digital scale for pour-over coffee brewing. A great cup of Pour-over coffee requires technique and the proper equipment. A digital kitchen scale is an integral component for success. But what kind of scale? Not all kitchen scales work for pour-over coffee brewing. It’s not enough to be able to weigh the coffee grounds, you also need to weigh the water, and you need to time it all perfectly.
A digital scale that has auto-off might shut off before brewing is complete. Leaving you hanging. The scale must stay on for at least 5 min., most scales turn off after a few minutes. Stick to the digital scales you find on specialty coffee shops and suppliers. Going for the least expensive digital scale will result in bad pour-over. Spend a little more and you’ll be satisfied with your pour-over brewing results
Features to look for:
- Metic or standard weighing to 01 gram or 1/10 of an ounce
- Timer (optional)
Best: Hario Coffee Drip Scale/Timer – $45 Amazon 4 1/2 Stars
Tare/Zero. Measures .1 gram increments. Brew timer. Buy Here
Good: ProScale XC-2000 Extreme Capacity Digital Scale – $33-35 Amazon, Prima Coffee 5 Stars
Tare/Zero. Measures 10th of oz, .1 gram increments. No timer. Small compact, good for travel. Buy Here
Good: Jennings CJ600 Scale – $40 Amazon 4 Stars
Tare/Zero. Weight displayed in .1 gram increments. Auto-off can be disabled. 20-year Warranty. No timer. Buy Here
If you know of other scales let us know:
If you already have a ceramic cone, filters, goose-neck kettle and your coffee is still not what you expect, maybe it’s time to bite the bullet and purchase a conical burr coffee grinder. Pour-over coffee brewing is a simple, relatively economical way to get the best cup of coffee. You could buy a super fancy drip brewer or even an espresso machine, but it would be silly to fork out that kind of cash when all you really want is good tasting coffee.
Prefect pour-over coffee is a lot about the grind
Improperly ground coffee can result in unsatisfactory results. If the grounds are too course, the flavors will not release and the brewed coffee will be watery and bland tasting. If the grind is too fine, the coffee will taste bitter. Check out this guide for the different grinds.
Blade grinders, while they work in a pinch, unevenly grind the coffee, resulting in inconsistent flavors.
A conical burr coffee grinder can run from $40 for the Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder to more than $900 for the Baratza Forte Flat Steel Burr Commercial Grade Coffee Grinder.
With so many choices among conical burr coffee grinders, your decision criteria should be:
- Customer reviews
- Personal recommendation
Where do you start?
Sites like Amazon.com, Prima Coffee and Seattle Coffee Gear are good places to research and purchase from. Or you can use this guide. Amazon links are provided for convenience.
Prices will range from $50 to over $900
Check out this handy conical burr coffee grinder buying guide
Note: While Starbucks Clover® Brewing System is not a pour-over method, it is worthy of review here.
Visit a Starbucks and ask for pour-over coffee brew and you might be asked if you’ve heard of Clover (they are perfectly willing to make a pour-over for you). To the uninitiated, that might not even make sense, “Clover what?”. But give it a try, you’ll be happily surprised because the Clover Brewing System is an amazing thing.
I have never been Starbucks hater. I used to buy cappuccinos back in the eighties in the Pike Place Market. My experience walking into any independant coffee shop is not a guarantee of a quality cup. Starbucks for all its faults has stringent standards that all baristas must follow. And they now offer small batch coffees. (A review of some of the Reserve Coffees are forthcoming, stay tuned.)
Forget french press, take a break from drip and save pour-over for home.
My Barista humbly offered Clover and asked what type of bean I preferred, I chose the Sun Dried Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. It was ground and placed into an opening on the top of the Clover machine. The piston-like hopper lowered, a preset amount of water, at the correct temperature, poured on top of the grounds, then he gave it a stir. After about a minute of steeping the plunger came up creating a vacuum that drew the brew down and into my waiting cup. My initial thoughts were that it was quite nice tasting, and with no sediment, almost silky. I even had it black so as not to influence the taste in anyway. I am going to be ordering Clover instead of drip next time I visit Starbucks.
How it works
It’s not really a press, and it’s not pour-over. It’s a unique system combining a plunger and a vacuum. The Clover is a very expensive machine and only widely available at Starbucks but supposedly Ritual Coffee has a couple machines.
Here’s a video of the Starbucks Clover Brewing System:
Next time you’re at a Starbucks that has the Clover Brewing System, give it a try.