Filter Grind Coffee

What is the best coffee for my filter or pourover?

Filter, or Pour over is a type of coffee brewing where hot water is poured over ground coffee. The water extracts coffee oils in its own consistent time, and at its own pressure, without much interference from the brewer. The result is a delicate cup of coffee with a clean, clear flavour and aroma. It’s a popular brewing method for single-origin coffees because it allows the flavours and aromas to shine through.

The best filter coffee is carefully selected and freshly roasted coffee from Iron and Fire to bring out its unique taste profile. The best coffee to use for your filter coffee machine or v60 pour over is one that tends to have a lighter roast profile which brings out the fruity, floral and acidic notes that work so well in a filter or pourover coffee. See our suggestions below. If you do not have a coffee grinder, we will grind it for you.

Choosing the Best Coffee Beans for Filter Coffee Machine 

Any type of coffee bean that you choose that has been well roasted will achieve its optimal potential when you brew the coffee using the pour-over method. With the filter coffee machine method of brewing, you get a much cleaner tasting coffee compared to the french press, along with a more balanced brew.

However, when you are brewing using the pour-over technique, we would recommend a brighter coffee at this method brings out the bright, fruity and floral notes that are attributed to some coffees. Look our for tasting notes or descriptions such as bright fruity or light roast. You can however brew medium and dark roast coffee using the pour-over technique. If you like rich coffee flavours, brewing it in a pour-over style will make it taste much cleaner with more defined flavours than if you were using a cafetiere for example. 

What is the Perfect Coffee Grind for a Pour-Over?

For the perfect pour-over coffee, we recommend using a medium-course grind. Smaller in size to a French-press grind, and less chunky and will appear smoother like sand. As there are a lot of variations in pour-over coffee filters and filter coffee machines, each will have a slightly different grind. This is where you will need to experiment with this method until you come across a taste that you like. 

History of the Filter Coffee Machine

The pour-over brewing technique was first invented in Germany in 1908 by Melitta Bentz when she was unhappy with the taste of her percolator. The coffee tasted bitter and was over-extracted. She then experimented with various methods of brewing which began with some blotting paper and a nail punctured into a brass pot. She was happy with the outcome and release this new pour-over brewer to the general public. Then in the 1930s, her Melitta Pour Overs became popular and the cone-shaped design that we are familiar with hit the shelves in the 1950s. This became a huge hit because of the enhanced extraction as the cone produced a bigger area for extraction.

Frequently Asked Questions

What filters to use for pour over coffee?

There are many different filter papers available and different shapes dependant on your brewing method. V60 for instance are shaped in a cone, where as Kalita’s are waved. Check out our blog here on the differences of filter paper and their pros and cons or contact us if you need any advice.

How do I know what size coffee filter to buy?

Filter papers shapes and sizes will depend on the model of brewer you have. If you have the box you will have the details on there. If not, please don’t hesitate to ask us and we’ll be happy to help.

Is pour over coffee filter coffee?

Yes, filter coffee is one name for pour over coffees. The pour over method involves pouring hot water through coffee grounds in a filter. Pour over is also referred to as filter coffee or drip coffee.

Is pour over coffee worth it?

Absolutely, the extra effort made in brewing the pour over method can bring out some amazing flavours in the coffee which you might not get with other brewing methods. You can expect a much cleaner end cup, with less oils present, this will likely highten some of the fruitier tasting notes making them much more apparent.

How do you know what size coffee grind to use?

Grind sizes will very slightly from brewer to brewer, however a medium to fine grind size usually works the best, with a slightly coarser grind size recommended for chemex. We can pre grind our fresh coffee for you to the correct size.

How does grind size affect pour over coffee?

Grind size is extremely important with pourover style coffees, as this will affect how the end coffee will taste. A coarser grind size will likely lead to a quick extraction and some slight sourness in the cup with little clarity in flavour. A finer grind will likely cause the coffee to choke and stall the brew and end up with some muddier/ bitter flavours in the cup.