Move over wine snobs. Coffee is the new elitist drink in town. If you’ve never had coffee with a coffee snob and all you can taste is coffee, you can pretty much say the same bullshit you say about wine that just tastes like wine: Ah yes, delicate floral aroma, caramel-like undertones and a buttery finish with just a subtle hint of Peruvian grass pooped out by an alpaca.
Something like that.
I’ve never actually purchased a pour over coffee. I find aggressive hipster baristas about as appealing as aggressive hipster music fans (which is not at all) so I just keep my distance. I don’t want anyone to roll their eyes at me.
Anyway, I’ve never purchased pour over coffee in public because I’m too impatient and I don’t want it to shine through and have the baristas be like, “Take this girl back to Starbucks where she belongs!” So I just make it at home.
Pour over is a method of brewing coffee wherein water is poured over coffee grounds (get it?) through a filter-lined funnel and directly into your mug of choice.
There are all kinds of rules and methods and special gear and other things I don’t know about. I pretty much just:
- Grind coffee
- Boil water
- Place filter in funnel
- Pour a little hot water in to wet the filter
- Discard that water
- Fill filter with two scoops of coffee grounds
- Pack grounds down
- Slowly pour water over grounds in a circular motion avoiding the edges
- Drink coffee
I like the pour over method because:
- I don’t like unnecessary things on my counter so I don’t have a coffee maker.
- A coffee maker makes entirely too much coffee for one person and I can never figure out the right ratios.
- You can tell if someone loves you if you only have one dripper and you both want coffee and they make yours first.
- You kind of can’t multitask while doing this so it’s a nice focused little morning ritual.
- I hate Keurigs because those little K-cups are too expensive and I don’t like cleaning out that reusable filter either.
- I like my tea kettle a lot and I get to use it every day now.
- People seem to think my ability to make pour over coffee makes me hip and relevant.
- I broke my French press and didn’t buy another one so this is it.