The Ultimate Guide to Coffee Drip and Pour Over

The Ultimate Guide to Coffee Drip and Pour Over

If you have ever had a cup of coffee before, you most likely have already had drip coffee. All drip coffee is, is the process of pouring hot water over a basket full of ground coffee and allowing it to drip into a cup or pot. Put merely, drip coffee is and can be referred to as coffee made by an automatic coffee maker.

So, you are probably thinking, isn't this just brewed coffee then? Yes, it is, the reason why we use the term "drip" is to be able to distinguish coffee from espresso, and the process of drip coffee is much slower than making espresso. With espresso, the coffee beans are much more elegant, and when using an espresso machine is a lot faster.  We will dive into everything you need to know more about espresso soon. So, drip coffee has everything to do with how the coffee is brewed. Drip coffee relies on thermally induced pressure to send it up to the showerhead, gravity then pulls it down through the coffee grounds and into the coffee pot. The coffee filter that is between the coffee grounds and the coffee pot trap many of the oils that would otherwise be present in espresso. A fun fact is a cup of drip coffee has more caffeine than a shot of espresso.

So, where did drip coffee begin? Drip coffee started with the introduction of the electric drip coffee maker. It was invented in Germany in 1954 by Gottlob Widmann and was called the Wigomat. Before that, coffee was brewed using a percolator or using the pour-over method. Because of the efficiency of the electric coffee drip machine, it made it easier for people to make coffee and thus gained its popularity.

So now that you know what drip coffee means, what about pour-over? Pour-over coffee has been around for an exceptionally long time. However, it is getting more popular as people expand their coffee understanding. The pour-over has an intricate brewing process and has a more efficient extraction from the coffee beans. The pour-over method is also popular because it is simple and gets excellent results.

The pour-over method is a much more hands-on method but can be worth it if you have patience. You start by placing a filter with coffee grounds in a funnel and then placing that funnel over a carafe or coffee mug. You can also choose to buy a pour-over stand that has all the pieces you need to make a good cup of coffee. With the pour-over method, there are timed pouring intervals to get a more balanced flavor extraction. Once you pour a certain amount of water over the coffee, it will rise and what is referred to as "blooming," releasing the gasses and flavors that are inside the coffee grounds.

In conclusion, we learned that drip coffee is the most common, accessible, and easy coffee brewing method. The first coffee machine was invented in 1954 and changed how we consume our favorite beverage. We learned that the pour-over process is more hands-on but can be well worth it in the end.

Head over to Four Roses Coffee to grab a bag of coffee beans of your choice. Our beans work well with both of these methods, and you won't be disappointed. Try our one of our variety packs now to get an assortment of flavors.

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