How to take your homemade coffee brewing to the next level.
Pour over coffee makers have a reputation for making really good coffee by achieving optimal flavor extraction and churning out richer, deeper brews than a conventional drip machine. They work by placing medium-fine ground coffee beans (although you may need to adjust the fineness of your grounds based on how quickly the water passes through) into a filter and pouring hot water over them to brew directly into your cup or a carafe. The process requires patience and time, but the result is worth it.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute, our Kitchen Appliance experts test a range of coffee makers from drip coffee makers to French presses to espresso makers and single-cup coffee makers and coffee accessories like coffee grinders and travel mugs. When we test coffee makers, we round up the best models on the market and narrow down the field before testing for aspects like ease of use (like filling the water tank and brew basket and cleaning the carafe and filter after use, if applicable). We also take temperature readings during and after the brewing process, as well as during the keep-warm cycle. And of course, we rate the flavor of the resulting cup of coffee.
While we haven't formally tested pour over coffee makers in the Lab, we've road tested a few of our top picks and know what to look for when it comes to buying; material, price, durability, and ease of use are the main things to consider and our list offers a variety of all.
The key to a tasty brew is warming your water to 200°F and first “blooming” the grounds. An electric kettle will help you achieve the perfect temperature, while a grinder and scale will help with the freshest and custom-tailored flavor. Here's how:
There are three kinds of pour overs: Flat-bottomed, cone, and wedge.
Here are our favorite pour over coffee makers: