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Last Updated: 10th June 2021

10 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers 2021

By Helen Cartwright
By Helen Cartwright
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    Pour over / drip cone coffee makers are a form of drip brewer, but unlike the large electronic filter machines, they don’t require any power to operate. They are popular amongst those after a softer taste than cafetières offer, as the granules aren’t soaked in the water for as long.

    Most are made up of a glass or plastic carafe and a separate filter which sits in the neck of the jug, and you remove before pouring. They aren’t really designed to keep the coffee warm for a prolonged period, and you must add the water in stages.

    If you want a coffee maker which will give you a fuller taste than most machines and doesn’t need power as a bonus, then take a look at our reviews of some recommended pour over coffee devices.

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    Which is the best manual drip coffee maker for me?

    The basics of every pour over drip through coffee brewer are the same. However, between each model, there are minor varying characteristics and selling points. Think about the filters you want to use, the styling of the jug and filter, and your budget too.

    Also, remember that they take a bit more effort than electronic filter machines as you have to add the water slowly yourself. If this doesn’t appeal to you or suit your busy mornings, take a look at our reviews of the best electric drip filter machines instead, which do all the dripping automatically.

    Filters

    Most of the manual options above have their own permanent screens, made from either steel or cloth and which can be reused. Some others require paper filters, and usually come with a selection to get you started, but will need replacing after every use so this will be a continuous cost to you. There may be the option to purchase a separate permanent filter to use instead.

    There is usually the possibility to add a paper filter to the permanent one by folding it and setting it inside. This gives coffee a slightly different taste – the paper traps a lot of the oils released by the granules which results in a less bitter taste, but also allows the dripping of the water to be slower, so the coffee taste is more concentrated.

    You may prefer to experiment with the different options, depending on the beans you are using and the taste you want from that particular cup.

    Price

    Cheaper drip coffee makers start at just over £10 for the glass carafe and filter together as a set. This can increase beyond £100 for the more advanced models.

    If you already have a suitable jug or cafetière at home which you’d like to use, there is the option to just buy the filter section (usually at a small cost), but getting the exact size and fit is important, so they don’t fall or let through granules, and this could prove more hassle than it is worth. We would recommend getting the set as an all-in-one, especially if you are a beginner.

    FAQs

    How do I pour the water into a drip coffee filter?

    Firstly, the water has to be boiling. You can do this either in a kettle or over a heat source. Then, transfer the water into a suitable pouring device you can control with ease, such as a jug or dedicated hot water pourer. This is particularly relevant if you don’t feel you can control the pour of the kettle sufficiently enough.

    Add a small amount of water to the granules first, enough to soak them. Leave for a little while until no water is falling through to the carafe, and then add some more (usually up to the top of the filter holder). Let this drip through fully, then repeat until all of the water has been used.

    Some carafes have a quantity measuring scale on the side, so you can just add water until it is up to a certain level. If yours doesn’t, it may be easier to boil the correct amount of water before you start adding any.

    Can I keep the coffee warm?

    Unlike with a lot of electronic drip machines, there is usually no plate to keep the jug warm or option to pre-heat the carafe. Coffee produced by manual drip coffee makers usually needs to be drank pretty immediately.

    The glass is usually not strong enough to withstand external heat or sudden heat. They are only designed to cope with warm coffee dripping at a slow rate. Some models offer additional warming stands or racks which allow the glass to be set over a heat source, but these are rare.

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