The Perfect Pour Over Coffee Ratio

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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 CoffeeWater (grams)Water (fl oz)Water (ml)Coffee (grams)Coffee (oz)Coffee (~Tbsp)
1170618010.60.382
23401235021.30.754
35101853031.91.136
46802471042.51.508
58503088753.21.8810
6102036106463.82.2512

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.

  1. Add 50g of water to allow freshly roasted coffee to degas
  2. Slowly add 200g of water using circular motions
  3. Add 100g of water again with circular motions
  4. Add the remaining water and let it filter through the coffee with a complete brew time of around 3:30 to 4 minutes

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