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I’ve recently been converted to the pour-over coffee.
It’s been the perfect solution to my desire for single-serve coffee without causing excess waste (and not worrying about those machines that can build up bacteria because they can’t ever be fully cleaned). I still have my large 12-pot coffee maker for when I have guests, but the pour-over coffee is perfect for when it’s just me (and stops me from going back for cup after cup, even when I make the smallest pot allowed with my coffee maker).
I limit myself to two coffees a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and for that afternoon cup, I love making my own coffee syrups or buying International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamer – I like the Vanilla and Caramel flavors available at Walmart. It’s made with only 5 ingredients, including real milk, cream and sugar, so I feel good about including it in my afternoon routine.
Today, I’m going to share with you how to set up your own pour-over coffee station and how to to make the perfect pour-over coffee!
How to Set up a Pour-over Coffee Station
I decided I wanted my station to be fully removable – so I can replace it with my larger coffee maker when I have guests, but also so I can use the tray to serve coffee to guests or bring everything outside with me.
I started by customizing a cute handled tray I found on clearance by lining it with a trimmed, embroidered placemat.
I simply cut along the embroidered edge until the mat fit perfectly in the tray, and then added a small line of hot glue to seal the edge (although it really didn’t need it). I decided to not attach the mat to the tray with adhesive for easy clean-up.
I like how the mat adds a bit of interest but also prevents any drops of water from coming in contact with the tray and potentially rusting it out. It also helps to reduce noise when I’m making coffee while the kids are sleeping.
I then added all of the necessary materials to make the perfect pour over coffee:
- pour-over coffee karafe
- #2 paper filters (there are fabric ones available, too)
- coffee scoop (tablespoon)
- freshly ground coffee beans
- whole coffee beans
I also have a small French press that can be used similarly to a pour-over coffee, and that’s better for when I just have one or two guests for coffee.
How to Make the Perfect Pour Over Coffee
Start by boiling 1 1/4 cups of water. (Can use kettle, pot, etc.)
You’re going to want the freshest coffee, so whenever possible I like to freshly grind my beans right while the water is boiling.
Line your pour-over coffee cone with a paper filter, and fill with 2 Tablespoons of fresh coffee grinds.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water directly over the coffee grinds and allow to drip completely.
Add cream, milk, sugar or International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamer as desired.