When it comes to coffee, I’m sure we’re all guilty of trying to find the quickest, easiest way to get our morning caffeine. I’ll be the first to say that instant coffee is one of my guilty pleasures. Sometimes it’s nice to only have to wait a few seconds to get a coffee before heading off to work.
But that all changed when I discovered pour-over coffee.
Since investing in a Chemex (and, since then, a few other pour-over devices), making coffee has become a part of my daily morning routine. There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh ground coffee or the taste of coffee I made myself. And the best part is you don’t have to be a barista to make your own amazing coffee at home! Pour-overs are equal parts fancy and simple and I think they’ll be the next addition to your daily routine.
Here are four reasons why you should switch to pour-over coffee:
- Slow Down: Making a pour-over will take longer than your K-Cups, but trust me, it’s worth the wait. Depending on the device you’re using, making a pour-over will take about 5 minutes from start to finish. I’ve found that slowing down and intentionally making my coffee each morning provides a great, healthy speed for my day. You know what they say, good things take time and that is so true for coffee. Learning to take your time and enjoy the little things in life is one of the best benefits of pour-over coffee!
- Precision: Pour-over coffee allows for precision that can never be given to you by a simple K-Cup. The problem with K-Cups is that they use the same amount of coffee for various different amounts of water and flavor profiles. Making your coffee manually allows for precision in water temperature, coffee weight, and water volume. It also ensures that every last bean is saturated by the water, allowing for an evenly extracted cup of coffee.
- Flavor: One of my favorite parts about making coffee at home is that I can choose the type of coffee I want to make. Making my own coffee has taught me to learn about flavor profiles and shown me the coffee I like and dislike. Making a pour-over allows you to taste all the flavors of the coffee beans you are using and can challenge you to learn more about your own preferences!
- Money: According to the Atlantic, K-Cups are the most expensive form of coffee on the planet – it can cost up to five times more than other forms of making coffee! Buying specialty coffee beans may seem expensive, but most of the time that $16 bag you’re buying will last you quite a while so you get more out of your money!