You don’t need a pricey machine to get a delectable cup of coffee. If you haven’t tried making a cup of good old-fashioned pour-over coffee at home, you need to get brewing as soon as possible.
The biggest benefit of a pour-over coffee maker is being able to control exactly how much coffee you make. No more wasting your best coffee beans or pouring out a stale brew. The pour-over method lets you make the perfect amount of coffee whenever you need it.
At a Glance: Our Top 5 Picks for Pour Over Coffee Makers
Does Pour Over Coffee Taste Better?
It depends on how you like your coffee, but we honestly think that how you measure coffee and grind your beans just before you brew has more of an impact.
Pour over fanatics insist this method—especially if you skip the paper filter—gives your coffee more natural flavor. That’s because paper filters are so fine that they minimize cafestol oils into your coffee cup.
Whether or not the pour-over method makes your brew taste better is up for debate. The best way to figure it out is to try it yourself.
What definitely makes your morning better is taking the time to appreciate your brewing process and discovering a new ritual for your morning cup of coffee. Caffeine is associated with frenzied mornings or stressful late nights, so taking the time to slow down and enjoy your coffee might be just what the barista ordered.
4 Best Filtered Pour-Over Coffee Makers
Dying to try some pour-over coffee? (You’re not alone. The cravings are hitting us hard too.) If you’re not quite ready to give up the filter, try a pour-over coffee maker that uses one.
YAMA Pour-Over Coffee Maker
Between a stainless steel permanent filter, glass lid, and optional heat-resistant collar, the Yama Pour Over Coffee Maker has a solution for every potential problem with pour-over coffee.
The borosilicate glass carafe helps your coffee retain heat without picking up any old flavors, so you get a fresh brew every time.
Just remove the filter and serve up to six cups from the same container.
Sanyo Sangyo Porcelain Pour Over Coffee Maker
What comes in five different colors, has a gorgeous flower petal structure, and brews a heavenly cup of joe? Surprise—it’s this pour-over coffee maker from Sanyo Sangyo.
Made of high-quality Japanese porcelain, it effortlessly combines style and function. The flower petals lining the walls of brewer allow the coffee grounds to expand fully within the filter for better saturation, which means a more robust cup of coffee.
Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper
A classic choice for pour-over brewing, the Hario v60 is a sleek, well-designed piece of equipment. Though you’ll need a temporary filter to brew with, you can brew different volumes of coffee with the two different sizes of the Hario.
It’s easy to use and easy to clean, the ceramic material is a little more fragile to carry with you on the road. However, the great thing about the ceramic material is that it’s great at retaining heat while the hot water is being filtered through the coffee grounds.
Melitta Ready Set Joe Single-Cup Pour Over Coffee Maker
If you’re really looking to brew on a budget, Melitta is the way to go. This single-cup pour-over brewer usually runs under $10.
It might not be the classiest tool in your kitchen, but it’s easy to clean up and a perfect coffee travel companion. There’s even a space to see the coffee level so you don’t run the risk of overfilling your mug. It also comes with a pack of 100 filters, so it’s a double bargain!
Fun fact: Melitta gets its name from Melitta Bentz, the German housewife who invented the paper coffee filter and eventually pour-over coffee makers.
4 Best Filterless Pour-Over Coffee Makers
If you’re just not into composting, a filterless pour-over coffee maker means less waste and a guilt-free cup of coffee. All our favorites are metal, so you simply have to rinse them before reusing them.
LHS Slow Drip Coffee Metal Pour Over Filter
Coming in three different sizes (1-2 cups, 1-4 cups, and 400ml) the LHS Pour Over Filter is a great filterless option for brewing. Made with a mesh metal filter, the LHS is strong, durable, and will ensure that no unwanted grounds end up in your cup of coffee. The extra-fine mesh in particular towards the bottom of the filter will prevent any grounds from slipping through.
Another feature we enjoy about the LHS is the wide cup stand that allows you to position the filter sturdily. Its size is uniform to fit over most single cup mugs, as well as some travel mugs and canteens. In addition to this, it’s also super portable and very easy to clean. Furthermore, it’s actually dishwasher safe and even comes with a small brush to help clean out the filter.
Maranello Caffé Reusable Pour Over Coffee Maker with Stand
The maker from Maranello Caffé combines two filters—a micro-mesh inner layer and a laser-cut outer layer—to ensure a clear cup of coffee without a paper filter.
Made with a solid metal base, you don’t have to worry about wobbling or breaking. It also has a metal handle at the top to make disposing of your grounds a breeze.
Meltera Stainless Steel Single-Cup Pour Over
Designed to be cleaned in under a minute, the pour-over coffee maker from Meltera is a simple way to start your day. It’s made with stainless steel, ultrafine, dual-layered mesh.
The stand also removes for easier and more thorough cleaning. The wide base can fit most coffee cups and travel mugs, plus it has a non-slip silicone ring to prevent spills and scratches.
Yabano Gooseneck Kettle and Pour Over Filter
Are you looking for a filterless pour-over but also need a gooseneck kettle? You’re in luck! Yabano provides a kettle/pour over combination that provides you with everything you need to brew, including a small metal scoop.
The kettle itself is electric, and has adjustable temperature control settings, allowing you a temperature range from 104 degrees F to 212 degrees F. With the ability to heat an entire kettle in about 4 minutes, Yabano makes pour-over brewing as efficient as possible.
The metal filter is sturdy and can fit a wide range of cups, mugs, and canteens. It’s durable meaning it won’t break easily, and it’s also easily portable and simple to clean. All in all, this packaged combination is a great deal in our book.
5 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers for Caffeine Addicts
Hey, we don’t judge if you can’t live without that fourth cup of coffee. If you find the idea of making one cup at a time unbearable, don’t worry. These pour-over coffee makers can gloriously tackle more than one cup at a time.
Chemex 8-Cup Classic Series Glass Pour Over Coffee Maker
Maybe you want to feel like a mad coffee scientist when you brew your morning coffee. If that’s your vibe, the Classic Series from Chemex is perfect for you. The glass coffee maker can handle up to eight cups in one brew and includes a polished wood collar and leather tie for extra class.
Made of non-porous borosilicate glass, it won’t absorb flavors and is heat-resistant. You can keep your coffee warm by placing the coffee maker directly on a glass stovetop or gas flame over low heat. Do not place it directly on an electric coil, though—it can damage or break the carafe.
Pykal Pour Over Coffee Maker
Worried about ordering a glass carafe? Pykal takes the worry away with extra thick borosilicate glass that can withstand direct low heat from stovetops and piping hot coffee.
The double-layered mesh filter is made of surgical-grade stainless steel for extra rust resistance. Each kit comes with two brushes to make sure your three-cup carafe and filter are thoroughly cleaned between brews.
Housewares Solutions Pour Over Coffee Maker Set
This kit by Housewares Solutions gives you all of the equipment you need for pour-over brewing. The pour-over filter is sleek in design and is laser-cut. With its reusable mesh filter that can make 1-4 cups of coffee, Housewares also provides you with a 34 oz borosilicate glass carafe.
The filter itself is made of BPA free 304 stainless steel, so it’s durable enough to last you for a long amount of time. In addition to this, you won’t have to worry about extra coffee grounds falling into your cup, and the stainless steel preserves the essential oils and nutrients in the coffee, enhancing the coffee’s flavor.
Melitta Pour Over Brewer
If you’re looking to brew big on a budget, we’re also going to give this one to Melitta. Their six-cup pour-over brewer includes a plastic, BPA-free cone with a glass carafe so you can brew for a crowd or your own high-caffeine needs in one shot.
The filter cone is dishwasher safe (top rack only), so cleanup is also a cinch. It also comes with a coffee scoop and five filters to get you started.
Kalita Wave Series 185 Brewer
If you’re simply looking to brew for two, rather than a whole crowd, we recommend checking out the Kalita wave series/size 185. The selling point of the Kalita wave model is the “wave” patterning on the interior walls of the brewer. There are 20 horizontal bands above the flat bottom that help minimize contact between the filter and the dripper, expediating coffee brewing.
This Kalita wave brewer is made of Hasami Porcelain, a traditional form porcelain ware that has been around for 400 years. However, the model is available as ceramic, glass, and metal. So if you’re looking to get something reliable and straightforward, the Kalita Wave is a great option.
Important: We love coffee just as much as the next connoisseur, but we also care about our health. More than four cups of unfiltered coffee or five cups of filtered coffee a day may have a negative effect on your LDL cholesterol levels. Plus, all that caffeine can make you jittery. Everything in moderation—even coffee.
Perks of Pour Over
If you’ve ever met someone who uses their Pour over regularly, you’ll notice they’re probably a little obsessed with the brew. That’s because this brew is rather unique in the coffee world. It requires a bit more practice and finesse than other brewing methods, so a quality finished brew is nothing to scoff at.
So let’s go over what makes this brew special.
How it Works
First, you will need to gather the necessary equipment and supplies. The key to successful pour-overs is precision, so you don’t want to skimp on your kit. You’ll need:
- Pour-over coffee maker of choice
- Gooseneck Kettle (stovetop or electric but it has to be a gooseneck)
- Coffee beans (whole beans, not pre-ground)
- Coffee grinder (seriously, freshness matters on this one)
- A carafe, cup, or tumbler
- Kitchen scale
Once you have gathered everything you need, the general process goes like this:
- Grind. Get your beans to a medium-fine to medium-coarse grind.
- Prep Filter (optional). Pre-wet paper filters.
- Heat Water. Shoot for anywhere between 195 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit. (We like to set ours at 205°.)
- Set Up for Brewing. Put pour-over and your cup or carafe on top of your kitchen scale and put in your grounds. Tare the scale.
- Bloom the Grounds. Evenly wet the grounds to prep them for extraction. Wait 30 seconds.
- Pour the Water. Pour water in a slow, circular motion from the outer edge to center. Check scale to measure how much water you are using.
- Taste! Take note of what you like/dislike about your brew so that you can move towards perfection.
The beauty of the pour-over is that you can change up just about every step in the process. Each little tweak can have and impact on your final brew. So you have complete free reign over the entire process. Once perfected, it’ll feel like you’ve created something specially crafted for your unique palette.
For the full low-down on how to perfect your pour-over game, check out this article.
How it Tastes
The most common descriptors for pour-over coffee are “clean” and “crisp.” Their paper filters and delicate brewing process makes for a light, intricate cup that brings out the complexities of your favorite bean varieties.
Generally, these tend to be lighter coffees, as they lack the oils garnered from other brewing methods and there is no added pressurization for more intense extraction. So if you are looking to get full-bodied brews with a heavy mouthfeel, you are in the wrong place.
However, if you are looking for the lighter side of coffee, with no chance of grittiness in sight, you are going to want to get your hands on a pour-over coffee dripper.
Pour Over Compared
We often get questions of how pour-over coffee makers stack up against other at-home brewing tools. As a result, we have quite a few articles dedicated entirely to breaking these differences down. However, we’ll provide a quick summary here so you can determine if making the switch is the right move for you.
Drip machines are the classic American way of brewing coffee. If you walk into any home across the states, chances are you’ll spot a drip brewer loyally stationed on the counter.
The pull of drip brewers is that they are fast, easy, and convenient. Plus, they can often brew enough coffee for the whole household without a sweat. However, what you gain in ease-of-use you may lose in quality control.
Here’s what we mean by that: pour-over brewers allow you to have complete control over your brewing. You control the water temperature, grounds saturation, brewing speed, etc. Whereas, you can usually only change brew volume on a standard drip brewer. Though, with all of that power comes some sacrifices in terms of efficiency and user-friendliness.
Read more on this subject here.
Both the French Press and Pour Over are manual tools, so both will require a bit of time and practice to perfect (though the French Press is the easier of the two in our opinion). So most of the dispute over which is the better brewer between these two comes down to taste preference.
As you’ll notice, more popular pour-overs require the use of paper filters. These filters are known to absorb some of the heavier oils of your brew making for a lighter mouthfeel. This also prevents any sort of grit from getting in your coffee. On the other hand, most French presses have built-in filters made of metal, so their brews tend to have heavier bodies.
Additionally, you use finer grounds with pour-overs than you do with a french press, so the difference in grind size does affect how and what flavors are extracted.
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AeroPress and Pour Overs both use paper filters; however, an AeroPress utilized pressure rather than gravity to do your brewing. These brews will have a similar mouthfeel, but their flavor and strength will differ, with more complex profiles with the Pour over and more intense flavors with the AeroPress.
If you want something super straightforward to make a nice, concentrated brew, AeroPress is right for you. On the other hand, if you want something that you can spend a little more time with and perfect your perfect brew, then a Pour over is the right choice between these two.
If you have more questions, check out this article.
Slow Down Before Your Pick-Me-Up
We hope you find the perfect coffee maker to start your journey into the relaxing world of pour-over brewing.
You’ll soon discover your inner zen barista thanks to this old-fashioned method, along with a new way to slow down and enjoy your next cup of coffee.