Looking to up your barista game—or just give a new style of coffee a whirl? It may be time to step away from the French press then and try making a cup or two of pour-over coffee.
Pour-over coffee is revered for its deep, intense flavors that are often stronger than those produced via other brewing methods. This is partly due to the slow, painstaking process that goes into making it. However, on the surface, it’s simple enough to pull off, so you won’t need to be a pro barista to make it happen. To make pour-over coffee you’ll just need a few utensils—namely a carafe and a filter. Place the filter in the top portion of the carafe, fill it with your coffee beans of choice, and boil some water. Once the water has cooled and it’s no longer at a rolling boil, pour it into the filter. It’s a delicate process, as you’ll have to pour a bit at a time and let the coffee drip through to the bottom of the carafe. The result is a truly delicious cup of coffee.
Once the pour-over coffee is done, you’ll simply serve it up in a mug and enjoy. It’s a pretty foolproof method—plus, you won’t have to splurge on any pricey coffee-making gear to make it happen. You’ll just need a few simple tools. Here are four of the best sets for brewing pour over coffee at home.
1. Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker
Chemex is one of the more well-known pour-over carafe makers out there, and for good reason. In fact, when many think of pour-over coffee makers, this model is likely the first to come to mind. The carafe is made of borosilicate glass, an incredibly durable material that will hold up under hot temperatures. It’s also one of the larger models out there, able to hold 40 ounces of coffee at once, so it’s great for those who require a larger dose of caffeine on a day-to-day basis. The only downside? You’ll have to buy filters separately.
2. Asobu Pour-Over Coffee Maker
If you’re someone who’s always traveling but who also needs a daily caffeine fix, then Asobu’s pour-over set is the one for you. The package comes with a carafe and a reusable stainless-steel filter, so you won’t have to buy up any disposable ones. The bottom portion of the carafe itself is also stainless steel—though the more metallic look may not be for everyone, as many may prefer a glass carafe—and is insulated with a double wall to keep your brew hot for up to 12 hours. Plus, you can screw a lid on and take it with you.
3. BonJour Pour-Over Coffee Maker
If you’re a java drinker that likes it hot, opt for BonJour’s coffee maker. It’s crafted from high-fired ceramic which is great at retaining heat. Not to mention, stoneware is also sturdy and stylish. The pour-oven basin can be fitted with paper filters to catch the grounds and fits neatly over the coffee pot below. With a capacity of four cups (20 ounces), the pot sports a large handle and short, narrow spout for easy pouring. It also comes with a lid made from teak wood that allows you to seal up the pot and save the extra brew whenever you like.
4. Coffee Gator Pour-Over Coffee Maker
While plenty of pour-over coffee sets come with reusable filters, not all of them are created equal. Coffee Gator’s promises its stainless-steel filter is one you’ll want to use over and over again, as it’s made of a dual layer of micro mesh that traps grounds, while still letting the coffee’s natural oils and flavors through. It’s also rust and heat resistant, so you’ll be able to count on it for years to come. The carafe itself, though, has a few sticking points: At 14 ounces, it’s not the largest out there, and it’s not made of borosilicate glass like many of its brethren, so you’ll have to be careful with it.