A Beginners Guide to Pour Over Coffee

Every morning, Connor wakes up and instantly starts the kettle. Next he grinds the coffee, and the smell radiates through the whole house. To say I am lucky is an understatement. Not a day goes by that I don't wake up to a freshly brewed pour over. With the exception of when Connor is on the road, of course.

There are many ways to brew a fresh cup of joe pour over style. It can be overwhelming and confusing. Starting with equipment, I will list off many options at all different price points. Keep in mind, the cost in the long run will be incredibly lower than your yearly allotment of KCUPS.


- The most affordable option is a coffee cone, or coffee dripper. It goes directly over your mug and usually ranges from $10-$60. I recommend sticking to ceramic or glass, it will last longer and plastic can leach harmful chemicals.

Here are a few options in order from least expensive to most, Sur La Table,Glass Pour Over, Chemex Funnex, Hario V60 Coffee Dripper.

-The second option is a pour over coffee maker, which makes and holds the coffee all in one, allowing for more than one cup to be brewed at the same time. The options are endless, and range from $45-$100. A few of my favorites from least expensive to expensive, Chemex which we personally use, OXO, Fellow* currently on sale!.


In my opinon a gooseneck kettle is a must. This allows you to not overflow the coffee, for a smooth, even extraction.

These range from $50- $200, and are offered in stove top or electric. A few examples, Food52, Fellow regular, Bonavita Electric, Fellow Electric* currently on sale, and on!.


This is the last thing you will need, and you do not need it to get started, but as you continue making pour over it is a good investment. In the meantime, you can ask the coffee shop to grind the beans for you, or grind them in the grocery store. I have not been able to find a grinder I can fully back, saying its amazing. We have owned many including a hand grinder. We have used the OXO one, it is the best grind, but makes a mess. There are many grinders out there, look for a burr grinder that goes by weight and not time. I backed the Ode grinder by Fellow, and I am excited to try it once we get it.


Another not-so-essential item. But true coffee lovers measure their water and coffee in weight. You can use a food scale if you have it. We use a Acacia scale. Not cheap, but we have had it for years and it is great.

*Something to note is Fellow offers pour over sets.

You have what you need, now what?!

Brew Guides

We personally follow George Howells Brew Guide, but there are many options out there including Stumptown, and La Colombe.

It can be done in so many different ways. Most start out with rinsing your filter, blooming the coffee, and then following it up with two pours.

Where to Source Your Coffee

Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops, so for everyday we opt for organic, but enjoy a crafty brew every now and again!

Hot Tip - Sign up for a subscription, then you never have to worry about stale coffee or running out! We order from Purity Coffee, use code CARRICK for 10% off your first order, this works for subscriptions as well. This is the cleanest coffee I have found. For more crafty coffee we recommend supporting your local shops during this time!

Have a favorite coffee shop in your area? Tips on making your pour over? Share them in the comments!

What to do with those coffee grounds? Make a body scrub, fertilize your plants, or compost!