Is there a Difference between ‘Drip’ Coffee and Pour-Over?

There’s been a lot of talk in coffee circles about “drip coffee” and pour-over methods for brewing coffee, which has led to a lot of confusion. Does drip coffee mean it’s from your typical coffeemaker? Is it a special type of brewing? Is the pour-over method a type of drip brew?

The answer to all of these questions is yes.

The drip-brew process for coffee refers to pouring hot water over ground coffee beans and letting the coffee-absorbed water drip from the filter into a mug or carafe. Coffeemakers simply automate this process, letting consumers press a button and walk away without needing to manually boil the water first before pouring it over.

Drip-brew can refer to either coffeemaker-brewed coffee or coffee brewed via pour-over method, but typically, when someone mentions the pour-over method, they mean a manual pour-over brew.

This manual method is coming back in popularity, particularly among coffee aficionados (like you!). In this brewing process, consumers have a bit more control over their coffee, and many swear that it creates a far better flavor than traditional drip with a machine.

It’s incredibly easy to brew one mug at a time or an entire carafe by pour over. All you need is a good coffee filter, ground coffee beans, and a pour-over dripper like the one below.

drainingWant to try to pour-over your coffee at home? Here’s the simple steps how:

  1. Place the filter into the cone dripper, and the cone dripper over your mug or carafe.
  2. Pour boiling water into the EMPTY filter and let sit for a minute. Continue to let the boiling water boil while you wait.
  3. Toss out the plain water in the container. Rinsing the filter and dripper first removes some of the starchiness of the filter and preps the cone for brewing.
  4. Add in your desired amount of coffee grounds into the filter.
  5. Pour in about twice the amount your prepared boiling water as you have coffee grounds. For example, if you have 25 grams of coffee, pour in 50 grams of hot water. Make sure you pour into the center of the grounds, and maybe swirl around in the grounds a little bit. Avoid pouring water into the outsides of the grounds, where they meet the paper filter.
  6. Wait about 30-60 seconds and let the coffee “bloom.”
  7. Pour in the rest of the water in the same manner as above. The amount of water poured total should take 2-3 minutes of brew time, which is around 350 grams of water.
  8. Once the dripping stops, you can remove the cone dripped, toss the filter after you preserve your coffee grounds for your garden, and then enjoy a fresh cup of coffee!

Let us know if you find the pour-over method to taste different and/or better than your normal brew!

One thought on “Is there a Difference between ‘Drip’ Coffee and Pour-Over?

  1. Sam Kirkland

    I tend to stay away from the paper filters and like the permanent stainless filters like ABLE (able. com) and GROSCHE Ultramesh. The Ultramesh ( ) has the best reviews and seems to be the best pour over filter on the market today, and its cheaper than the Able as well. Id appreciate a side by side review from you if you could ! thanks!
    Sam K


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