The Ultimate Guide on how to Make a Pour-Over

How to Make a Pour-Over - Utopian Coffee

Master Roaster Adam Walsh Reveals His Secret to Perfect Pour Over Coffee!


45 second pre-infusion using 50 grams water

3:30 – 4:00 total combined pre-infusion & brew time

Serving Size: 1 cup

What you'll need:

Set up:

  1. Position the cup and brewing device (Kalita, Hario, etc) on the scale.
  2. Fold the seam of the filter. Position filter evenly on device.
  3. Wet the filter using the kettle and hot water to rinse filter and pre-heat the cup and brew device.
  4. Ready your hot water source (if you need to boil water, get that going first!)
  5. Before brewing remember to dump out the hot water in the cup.
  6. Ready your timer. Ready your brewing water.
Grind/ Dose:
  • Measure 23 grams of coffee beans.
  • Set grinder to: #14- for fresh light roast or #15- for older or medium/ darker roasts (medium-course grind).
  • Grind into a clean vessel right before brewing.
  • Dose the ground coffee into the wet filter and level the grounds with a gentle tap or shake.
  • Zero the scale with cup and brewing device +coffee on top of it.

Start timer, pre-infuse: for 45 seconds using 50 grams of water (just enough to saturate grounds without significant dripping into the cup). Pour slowly starting in the middle of the grounds moving outward in a spiral. Be sure all grounds are saturated. Avoid touching the sides of the filter with the water. Swirl the brewing device vigorously 3-4 times.

chemex with utopian coffee blooming

Pulse Pour:
Use a spiral pattern starting from the middle of the grounds moving outward without touching the sides of the filter.

  • Slowly saturate the coffee with 100 grams of water after the bloom ends at 45seconds.
  • At 1:30 begin 2nd pour with another 100 grams of water
  • At 2:30 begin last pour of 100 grams of water.
  • Reaching the desired end weight of 350 grams is IMPORTANT.
  • At 3:30- 4:00 min be sure to remove the brewing device so no more coffee can drip into the final cup.


Stir the final cup. Serve. Discard spent grounds and filter. Rinse brewing device and kettle.


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