Food - Drink
The Biggest Mistake You're Making With Pour Over Coffee
By MATTHEW SPINA
Everyone has their preferred coffee-making method, but the pour over technique is especially popular. Pour over, which simply involves pouring water over coffee grounds, gives you control over every variable of your brew, but while this method is incredibly easy, there’s a big mistake that many drinkers might make.
The temperature of the water is one of the most important variables that can make or break your pour over. Water that is too hot can over-extract your coffee and leave you with burnt, bitter flavors, but water that is too cold can create a weak and sour-tasting drink; to avoid this mistake, aim for a happy medium temperature.
The ideal temperature for pour over is 205 degrees F, and you can be sure you reach the right temp if you invest in an instant-read thermometer. Another option is an electric kettle where you can set a specific temperature, but you can also simply bring your water to a boil and then let it sit off heat for about 30 seconds.