I am about to do you a huge favor, especially if you have a coffee lover on your gift list. You are about to become their favorite gift giver!
I am passionate about great coffee, and one of the best ways to enjoy great coffee is by using a pour over dripper. This complete guide will enable you to put together a customized pour over gift kit. Seriously though, they are going to love you.
While you’re at it, pick up two of everything and equip your own kitchen at the same time!
Now, without further adieu, the ultimate pour over gift guide!
The Coffee and the Grinder
Most people like to enjoy single origin coffee when they are making a pour over. Single origin coffee just means simply that… The beans are not from different places (coffee blends), but are from a single geographical location. This means the coffee will have flavor notes which are specific to coffee grown in that particular region.
People who have developed a palate for great origin coffee are able to distinguish small variations in flavor, which we call notes. Think of this like a symphony. The combined flavors of the coffee could be compared to the wall of sound coming from all of the various instruments. Hearing a single instrument and being able to accurately describe it is like a flavor note.
OK, enough of all of that…
Great origin coffee can be ordered online or locally purchased. I recommend checking out Vienna Coffee Company’s Online Store for your specialty coffee needs. They have a wide selection and excellent quality! You will not be disappointed.
There are two main types of grinders available – burr grinders and blade grinders. Blade grinders grind coffee, but inconsistently. A burr grinder is the way to go, because the consistency of the grind is essential to getting a great extraction. Basically, the more consistent the grind, the better your coffee will taste.
A great home kitchen burr grinder, made by none other than Mr. Coffee, is their BMH23-RB-1 model burr grinder. This grinder is rated well, and offers 18 grind settings to achieve the proper grind size for you brewing method.
One benefit to having a grinder which can be adjusted to multiple grind-size settings is that it can be used to grind coffee for different applications. If you want to make espresso, you can dial in the “fine” setting on the grinder and you’re good to go. If you want to make French Press coffee, this grinder can handle the task. Dial in your grind preference and smell the aroma of the freshly ground beans as the whirring of the motor reminds you that you are just a few seconds away… I’m getting carried away… remember the passionate about great coffee thing?
If you are wanting to get something that offers commercial durability and quality, I recommend a bulk grinder from Bunn. We use a Bunn Coffee Mill Grinder in our shop, and it is a work horse. It has never failed to run, and gives extremely consistent results. The BUNN 22100.0001 G3 Bulk Coffee Grinder will be the only grinder you will ever need, should you choose to go with it. It also offers multiple grind settings for whatever brewing method you may want to go with on a given day (or hour).
So far we know we need great coffee and a burr grinder. Moving on…
In order to make sure you have the appropriate amount of coffee for the pour over size you wish to make, you will need a digital scale capable of measuring grams. I have been astonished by the quality, battery life, and durability of the Taylor Precision Products 1020NFS Aquatronic Digital Scale. We purchased four of these scales for our shop two years ago. These scales are used daily, and are really put through the ringer. We use these much more than the average consumer would in their home, and they still work perfectly.
Pour Over Dripper, Filters, and Pour Over Stand
You can’t make a pour over without a pour over dripper and filter. The pour over stand is optional, but makes things easier, and more dramatic!
Pour Over Dripper
The pour over dripper is a sturdy, cone-shaped cup with a hole in the bottom which holds the paper filter in place during the brewing process. It functions like the brew basket on an automatic drip coffee maker. Pretty much the standard as far as pour over drippers go is the Hario V60 Dripper. This one comes with your starter set of filters and a kettle to brew into as well, which is handy. If you want just the V60 Dripper, you can get that as well.
Pour Over Filters
Filters are not optional for pour overs, and the paper filters are the best to use. Paper filters will keep almost all of the silt out of your cup. Silt is very fine coffee grounds, more like coffee dust which is left in the bottom of your cup, especially in brewing methods which do not use paper filters. Hario V60 filters are the only ones we have ever used at the shop, and they have always done an excellent job for us. I recommend going with these.
Pour Over Stand
Cue the dramatic flair! While the pour over stand certainly provides that, it also gives you the ability to see how full your cup is while you are pouring the water over the coffee. The V60 dripper can be placed directly on the cup lip while you’re pouring, but it completely blocks your view. Without the stand, you’ll need to weigh the water as you pour, or keep pulling up the dripper to check and see how full your cup is getting as you go.
We use a pour over stand at our shop, and I wouldn’t go without it. This Hario DSC-1TB”Cube” Drip Coffee Stand will fit your V60 dripper perfectly and you’ll look really cool using it!
Gooseneck Hot Water Kettle
For pour over coffee, you need a gooseneck hot water kettle, so you can control where the hot water goes during the brewing process. A gooseneck kettle provides the level of precision necessary to get a great extraction.
One good option for home use is the Bean Envy Gooseneck Pour Over Coffee Kettle. This kettle will need to be heated on a stovetop since is not an electric model, but it will get the job done! We use a hot water kettle like this one in our shop since we have access to hot water at the espresso machine.
If you want a kettle which is self-heating and offers precise temperature control (something really nice to have when preparing a pour over coffee) the Bonavita BV382510V 1.0L Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle is pretty much the standard. The digital temperature control on this electric kettle will make sure you always have your perfectly heated water ready to go when you’re ready to make your pour over! I have one similar to this which I use at home, and it heats water extremely quickly!
Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
Keeping your coffee at the perfect drinking temperature is a challenge if you don’t guzzle it. Most people enjoy sipping their coffee, rather than pounding it, so a Magellan Outdoors Throwback 12 oz Powder Coat Double-Wall Insulated Tumbler is the best way to keep it perfect!
I personally own 3 of these in various sizes and they are wonderful. We even bought some and put our logo for the shop on them to sell.
The Rest is up to You
I’ve given you everything you need. If you are looking to start making great pour over coffee at home, get clicking on the links above and get your pour over gear. Or get a leap start on your Christmas list and gear up the coffee lovers on your list!
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