Fun with pourover

Trying to reset my pourover recipe for my current bag of coffee beans, as the past couple of cups have been a little bitter.

  • Beans: “Cold Brew Blend” medium roast (Guatemala/Colombia) from Local Coffee Roasting Co. in Roxana, DE
  • 17g coffee / 250g water (1:14.7)
  • JX: 2 rotations (20 on the grind chart / 60 total clicks)
  • Water at 94°C
  • Recipe: A Better 1 Cup V60 Technique (see below)
  1. Make small indentation in center of coffee grounds
  2. 0:00: Pour 55g of water to bloom
  3. 0:10 – 0:15: Gently Swirl
  4. 0:45 – 1:00: Pour up to 100g total (40% total weight)
  5. 1:10 – 1:20: Pour up to 150g total (60% total weight)
  6. 1:30 – 1:40: Pour up to 200g total (80% total weight)
  7. 1:50 – 2:00: Pour up to 250g total (100% total weight)
  8. 2:00 – 2:05: Gently swirl
  9. Drawdown finished around 2:45

A few notes: I’m back to the original grind setting that I used the first time I brewed the beans. I also used 17 grams of coffee (vs 18), and started out with the water a degree or so cooler. Last night, I rewatched the Hoffmann video linked above, and the only thing he did that I haven’t been doing was to make a small indentation in the center of the grounds, so I added that step. During the brew, I had previously been putting the kettle back on the base in between all of the pours, but today, with the exception of the longer pause after the initial bloom, I just held on to the kettle the entire time. This seemed to make the process more smooth and fluid. Lastly, I skipped the final “swirl”, but not intentionally — I just forgot. These tweaks all seem very minor, but collectively, who knows?

The cup turned out just fine. Nothing mind-blowing, but very drinkable. The first couple of sips tasted bitter, but then it mellowed out. I’ve noticed this phenomenon a lot, particularly with pourovers. For some reason, it seems even more pronounced with these beans. Not sure what causes it, but maybe it’s something to do with my palate. Anyhow, I’ll stick with this methodology for my next few cups, and see how it goes. I do want to try brewing these beans with the AeroPress some time in the next couple of days.