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Timing of the pour-over coffee

How much longer does a pour-over coffee maker take to make coffee vs a normal drip machine?

First thought every morning - “coffee, where is the coffee”. At least that’s my first thought in the morning. I want my coffee in my cup and ready to go in the shortest amount of time possible before I need to start my day. It also must be simple and taste more like a ray of sunshine and less like the bitterness of a cold breeze.

When I describe my love of coffee to some, many don’t understand the difference in the taste - coffee is just coffee to them but to the connoisseurs of coffee I hear the same thing over and over again. “Go try pour-over coffee, you’ll never regret your decision.” Well, let’s be honest on a normal working day I want to spend as little time as possible worrying about my cup of coffee. I have lunches and breakfast to make, a child and myself to get out the door in order to make it to work and school on time. There is little room to add another step in my morning. But the more I heard about this pour-over coffee, the more I wanted to check it out. So started do some research. 

The first question to answer was what is “pour-over coffee”? I’ll be honest, when I first heard of it all I could think of is my coffee pot on my kitchen counter. (The one that is used to keep my child alive and me functioning during the week.) The more I looked into it, the more I couldn’t quite figure out the difference so I kept looking with the intention of trying to find out “what’s the deal with pour-over coffee?”

Pour-over coffee should be seen as the micro-brew of coffee making. This is for those who take the art of coffee-making seriously. The pour-over coffee is for those who want to take their coffee to the next level. They are concerned how plastic may impact the taste of their coffee or worry about sitting how long a pot of coffee sits on the burner. All of these concern coffee drinkers on different levels. For those who worry about it the most, the pour-over coffee is definitely the way to go. (At this point I’m still not convinced, I NEED to know how this will impact my morning routine.)

But let’s be real, how does this impact the time it takes to get the coffee into my cup and drinkable? Most of the traditional drip coffee makers can make a pot of coffee in 3 minutes. And there are days where that is 3 minutes too long for me. (Yes, I’m a person who will pull the pot out before it’s fully done because I need the coffee to hit my cup sooner.) But what does this mean when it comes to your own time and desire for a cup? I mean seriously all of this talk about pour-over coffee makes me think that the time it’ll take to make the perfect cup will be more than I’m capable of first thing in the morning. 

So I kept looking into pour-over coffee. After reading some more information, it seems that there is only a 3-4 minutes delay once you have the water heated up. The heating of the water seems to be the most time consuming but if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that the hot water tap on a water cooler or an electric kettle are amazing pieces of machinery that can change your life in the morning! Using one of these two things will decrease the time you use to make your pour-over coffee in the morning. In all honesty, you’re looking at maybe 5-6 minutes out of your morning to make the perfect cup of coffee.

Now that the research is done and the timing is seen in black and white you, and I, can make a decision. Is the perfect cup of coffee, that first ray of sunshine worth an extra 3 minutes in the morning? Does that extra caffeine bonus make the difference? (Bonus of pour-over coffee I found in my research). Does the idea of having coffee that’s not bitter change your perspective on the timing of the perfect cup of coffee? 

So now the real question is, are you ready for your perfect cup of coffee?

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