coffee for one? try the pour-over method!
For a long time, I was on a search for the best way to make coffee in a small batch. I tried it in my regular coffee pot, no bueno. French press? Okay, but kind of a pain to clean and I would somehow always end up with coffee grinds floating around.
Enter my new obsession, the pour-over method.
Before being in New York, I had never even heard of this before. Gregg introduced me to it when I wanted to make coffee for myself at his place when I first moved here. He set me up with a grinder, and a little plastic drip cup situation that I had never seen before. I was like, we’re making coffee with this? How can …
The drip cup sits on top of the coffee cup. You place a filter in the drip cup and fill it with ground coffee. Then, you pour hot water over the coffee and it drips down into your coffee. Like magic!
It seems like the most obvious way in the world to me now, but if I didn’t know about it, I figured that some of you must not either. So here we are!
The pour-over method, first and foremost, makes a bad-ass cup of coffee. There’s been a lot of hype about it via the New York Times and Blue Bottle Coffee and such – true coffee aficionados say that this produces one of the best tasting cups of coffee you can make. They use a lot of special equipment – you can even get a special water kettle specially designed for it – but I use the basic stuff and it works just fine for me. The precise way in which you slowly add water to the coffee and the way it reacts with carbon dioxide is supposed to help it bloom properly and deliver the best results. I probably don’t make mine as technically perfect as the experts do, but guess what? It’s still a damned good cup of coffee.
The second best part being that there is virtually nothing to clean up. Toss out your filter, give the drip cup a rinse, and you are good to go.
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Some notes: I use a Bodum grinder and electric teapot. You can also use an old-school teapot, or even a pot of water on the stove! (I would pour it into something with a spout if you do that.) This ceramic drip cone is supposed to be a good one, but I am still using the black plastic version shown in the photos that you can get basically anywhere for just a couple bucks. But, be sure to use the best coffee you can find! Here in NYC, I usually buy from one of the great coffeeshops near me like La Colombe, Everyman Espresso, or Bowery Coffee.
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