When making pour over coffee there is a little bit of math behind it to give you just the right amount of flavor. You’d be surprised how much being off by a few grams can change the way your coffee tastes.
Coffee to water ratio for pour over is 1 gram of coffee for every 16 grams of water (1:16 ratio).
To calculate how much coffee you need, weigh the amount of water you want to brew and divide that by 16. That will give you the amount of coffee to grind
|Cups of Coffee||Water (grams)||Water (fl oz)||Water (ml)||Coffee (grams)||Coffee (oz)||Coffee (~Tbsp)|
Use the table as a reference. Depending on how potent you want your coffee you can either add more water or grounds to your cup.
What is Pour Over Coffee?
Coffee made in the simplest way: a cup, a filter, and a funnel, without any makers or machinery.
The process involves slowly pouring a steady stream of hot water in a circular motion over filtered coffee grounds. This will extract all the flavors from the grounds directly into your pot.
Note: Filter ground coffee stands for roasted, then cracked to smaller pieces to be brewed easily coffee beans.
I say think of Pour Over Coffee as a manual brewing process and therefore more controllable so that you can fine-tune the taste to your preference.
Why does the water to coffee ratio matter?
It matters for the flavor of your coffee. Each coffee bean has a finite amount of flavor that can be extracted and you don’t want to ruin it by not properly brewing it.
If you use too little coffee grounds, you will have a diluted, watery cup. If you use too much, you’ll have a caffeine-loaded cup of coffee that may lack in the flavor nuances of fine specialty coffee.
But like I mentioned earlier, use the table as a reference as you will have your own preference of how your coffee should taste. Start with the ratio recommendations above and adjust by a few grams until you find the perfect ratio for you.
How to Make Pour Over Coffee In 4 Easy Steps
I’ll break this down as quickly as I can and if you want to see the full set of instructions then check out our How to Guides.
- Add 50g of water to allow freshly roasted coffee to degas
- Slowly add 200g of water using circular motions
- Add 100g of water again with circular motions
- Add the remaining water and let it filter through the coffee with a complete brew time of around 3:30 to 4 minutes