Pros and Cons of the Pour Over Coffee Maker

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The pour over coffee maker is one of the simplest coffee makers. Hot water is literally poured over grinds that are in a filter. This method of coffee making can take time to master depending on the type of brew over maker used. The most primitive pour over coffee makers are simple one-cup type setups while commercial pour over brewers are automatic once the water is poured into the machine. The pour over method is similar to the drip coffee maker with the exception of it being manual. Unless the coffee maker is an automatic pour over coffee maker the person doing the brewing is in control of the water’s rate of flow and ground saturation. This method is ideal for one-cup brewing if a one cup setup is being used. Commercial pour over coffee makers offer no flow control of the water. Once it is poured over into the machine it flows through to the grounds at the rate determined by the manufacturer. The downside to a pour over coffee maker is that the extraction of the coffee from the coffee grounds is not uniform due to the long time it takes the brew to complete and the coffee cools as it is making its way through the process. Commercial pour over coffee makers do not have this disadvantage simply because they a coffee decanter is on a warming plate while the brewing is occurring.


    The pour over coffee maker has come a long way. This type of brewer was once a table top coffee brewer that was a presentation in making a cup of coffee. However, the term pour over coffee maker has now come to mean commercial type coffee makers like those designed and sold by Bunn that are not plumbed to a water source and do not have a water reservoir. The water is simply poured in when a pot of coffee is needed. This definitely has the disadvantage of not being preset and ready to brew with a simple flip of a switch. Someone has to stop and pour the water over into the maker. However, the coffee is an excellent pot of coffee and so the taste must be weighed along with the time factor.

    The pour over coffee maker is another type of coffee maker that has to be taken in to consideration when deciding on a coffee maker for home or office. There are two main types of pour over coffee makers, those that make one or two cups of coffee at a time and require the input of the brewer to control the water flow and automatic ones that require little more than filling a basket with coffee and pouring the water over into the machine. When choosing a coffee maker all factors should be considered including the pros and cons involved in each type of brewer considered. The ultimate decision should be based on ease of use as well as the coffee brewed using the machine.

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