The Ultimate Pour Over

Living in Portland means taking coffee very seriously. We have all of the accoutrements that you could think of... the burr grinder, the scale, a french press, a pour over, a goose-neck kettle, a Nespresso machine, a travel espresso maker, and last but not least, a traditional coffee maker that never gets used and is sitting in a closet.

Lately though, I've been wanting to change things up. In the mornings, my husband, Nick, makes french press, or if we're behind schedule, pulls us a couple of Nespressos. And while those two options are fantastic, I've been finding myself needing another jolt of caffeine come 11am. The beauty of pour over is that it's super easy to make one cup and I get to enjoy the same beans that we use in the french press, but with a bit different of a flavor.

Back when Nick and I first got together (in NYC!), I convinced him to switch from his daily Red Bulls and Cokes to coffee so that he'd stop drinking so much sugar. I thought he'd just become a regular ol' coffee drinker, but little did I know that he would become obsessive. Now that he'd gotten really into coffee, the traditional machine wouldn't do. So, I bought him a pour over setup from that big green coffee company that we all know and are stuck going to when traveling out in the boonies. Take a look:

 

 Look at how big this thing is!! Photo via Jenna Sheingold

Look at how big this thing is!! Photo via Jenna Sheingold

While this pour over has done it's job the last few years, I've got a few grievances with it. It's bulky, so it takes up a TON of space in our tiny apartment-sized kitchen. And, WHY is it so freaking tall? Coffee splatters everywhere when it's dripping out.

And I didn't realize until I started using the Base Modern pour over this weekend that this ceramic funnel was NOT doing the job well. The Base Modern pour over comes with the Hario V60 funnel which has swirling rivets and a wide mouth so that the coffee brews better and faster. Buy it from Food52 here. This gray color is everything. It's that chicest of blue grays - the color you've been seeing everywhere.

Avoid my coffee tribulations and buy the right tools first ;)

 Smaller scale AND prettier. Photo via Jenna Sheingold

Smaller scale AND prettier. Photo via Jenna Sheingold