The Perfect Brew
The key to the perfect brew is the Melitta pour-over coffee maker and filters. My husband and I really enjoy a good cup of coffee. Perhaps because a great cup of joe goes hand-in-hand with time together on a weekend where we are de-stressing from a busy week. To ensure a tasty cup of coffee, we prefer the pour-over method. This method checks a lot of the boxes we require for coffee. Good flavour, ease of brewing, and eco-friendliness.
The pour-over method has been around since 1908 when one Ms. Melitta Bentz, dissatisfied with bitter coffee started to experiment by punching holes in a brass pot and lining the pot with a piece of her son’s notebook paper. She invented the two-part filtration system we all use in today’s pour-over and drip coffees around the world.
My husband is a coffee nut and he has made hundreds of cups of coffee using the pour-over method. For simplicity and a handcrafted experience with the brewing process, he prefers this method of brewing. He can have a great pot of coffee ready in five minutes and always goes on and on about the “bloom” (which I will get to later).
Melitta – Perfect for Pour Over
Melitta’s pour-over coffee maker design works well and is easy to clean. The Natural Brown filters only extract clean, deep and rich flavours of the coffee beans whereas other filters can make wood-like flavours you don’t want in coffee. Similar to the importance of the filter, using a good tasting filtered water is important as poor tasting water will bring out poor tasting flavours in the coffee. Read about the importance of Melitta’s Filters.
The Pour Over Method
Now the fun part, the actual pour-over method. You start pouring around half the hot water in a spiral pattern trying to saturate all the coffee grinds. Immediately after this pour, the bloom takes place. The bloom is when the coffee grounds inflate like a chocolate muffin top. This inflation is due to the hot water saturating all the freshly ground coffee grinds, which releases fantastic coffee flavors in the form of gasses. The bloom tells you that you have fresh coffee beans and that the best coffee flavors are being pulled out of the coffee.
A small but very important aspect of the pour-over coffee method for me is how easy it is to clean and that the brewing method is good for the environment. After the brew is done, I simply dump the filter and the coffee grinds into the composter and wash the cone and coffee pot. So easy!
If you do a search on pour-over coffee, you will be starting down a path of passionate coffee enthusiasts and baristas proclaiming their love of the pour-over coffee method and what is the best way to make a pour-over coffee. Once you find what works for you, you will have the skills to make a great cup of coffee in under 5 minutes.
What is the result of this brewing method? A deeply satisfying experience that results in a clean and rich tasting cup of coffee that is not bitter and brings out the full flavor of the coffee. To put it more simply, it leaves you saying, “Mmm, that’s a good cup of coffee.”
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Thanks to Melitta for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.