Make your own drip pourover station
A method of brewing coffee that is growing in popularity is manual pourover drip. This method involves pouring hot water from a hot water kettle through a pourover filter cone coffee dripper (such as the Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, the Frieling Cilio Porcelain No. 4 Filter Holder dripper, or the Melitta Perfect Brew Filter Cone) that brews your coffee through a paper cone filter and drops it into the waiting cup below. Pourover brewing allows you to make a single cup of coffee in a very simple fashion with manual control over the water temperature and brew time. It is very popular in Japan, and it has become more popular in the better coffee shops in southwest Missouri in recent days. Below are a couple demonstration videos to gives a basic intro to brewing using a pourover cone, and as you can see from these videos and others online, there are several styles to using this pour-over drip method:
Coffee shops are beginning to offer pourover drips as a brew method for those who want that single manually-prepared cup, usually offering a single-origin coffee bean to make the perfect coffee experience. Locally, the The Hub actively uses pourover brewing as their default single-cup brew method. In addition, both The Coffee Ethic and Hebrews Coffee will make you a pourover cup of coffee on request, and Hebrews has moved to offering pourover drip coffee as their default brew method in the evenings. The photo below is a pourover station I found at Vintage Paris in Hollister, Missouri:
In a situation where you want to brew several cups at once or in succession, brewing via pourover can be a time-consuming process. Those who anticipate this kind of demand will often buy or build a pour-over station like the one shown above that is designed to hold several pourover cone drippers at once so you can prepare and brew several cups of pourover coffee. The guys at Theworkshop 308 in Springfield, Missouri, have been designing and building some high-end pourover coffee stations that have been a hit at The Coffee Ethic and The Hub in downtown Springfield.
But what if you don’t want to spend the money to buy a pourover station? How about building your own? Over at the blog of coffee importer Cafe Imports, they posted a recent article about how they balked at the $300 sticker price on a pourover station, so they built their own for $20 using supplies from their local hardware store. They used steel piping and elbows from the plumbing department to piece together a pourover station that can hold 5 pourover cones. Not bad! I’ve posted the photos below for your inspiration.