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How-To Master Pour-Over Coffee
Photography by Claire Benoist
| Credit: Photography by Claire Benoist

As any coffee aficionado will tell you, the pour-over method brews a smooth, tasty cup of java. And it's easy to do it at home. In a saucepan or kettle, bring about 1 1/2 cups water to a simmer. Place 6 tbsp. ground coffee in a pour-over coffeemaker lined with a filter. Add about 1/4 cup hot water and give any clumps a stir. Let the grounds soak 30 to 60 seconds. Starting at the outer rim of the grounds and slowly working toward the center, pour the rest of the water in circles over the grounds. Do it in three rounds, pausing for a few seconds between each addition to allow the coffee to drip into the cup. Serves 2.    

Want to get really into it? 

Then you need tips from some true obsessives! Enter the pour-over experts at Blue Bottle Coffee company. 

1. For the freshest flavor, grind your own beans right  before you brew.

2. For extra precision, use a scale. (Hold the side-eye!) The ideal ratio is 30 grams of beans to 350 grams of water.

3. Use filtered water heated between 195° and  205°. That range will give you the most balanced cup.