How an average girl like me made a pour-over coffee maker.

Want to give your coworker a high-five, in the face, with a chair?

Need coffee -_-

Confused why round pizzas, with triangle slices, come in a square box?

Need coffee O.o

Thrilled that unicorns are real; we just call them rhinos?

Need coffee : ) 

Pleased with yourself because you just made a perfectly popped bag of popcorn?

Need coffee XD

Whatever you’re feeling, coffee is and will always be your best comrade.

As what my very own dashing philosopher always tells me “Take it easy little chomper! Life is easy”.

In this coffee cruise, I will show you how an average girl like me made my pour-over coffee maker; my experience throughout the process, and how I was able to create gourmet coffee while having little experience. 

Coffee is so awesome, it’s un-BEAN-lievable! Get it? Un-bean-lievable? Cause, bean – coffee bean! *buh-dum-tsss*

Okay, okay. Give me a break.

I wanted to come up with a clever and catchy statement, and that was the best I could do.

But you must admit that was clever, and I made you laugh! What?

No, not at all?

Even a bit?

You’re a hard one to please my friend. 

Well then, let’s get down to business and talk about how awesome coffee is.

One fascinating fact about coffee is that there are a hundred ways to make it. 

May it be the most simple instant coffee packs (for the kind of people who disregards the art of making coffee).

To the most obnoxious drink ordered in Starbucks (for the kind of people who prefers the convenience of having someone else do their bidding).

Pour-over coffee is one of the ways that got me brewing for more caffeine.

Pour-over literally means pouring water over the roasted coffee grounds through the filter to extract that strong, rich, taste of coffee into your cup. Sounds very simple, right? 

Why I ditched the machines and switched to manuals

One thing I love doing is getting my hands dirty.

It’s the feeling of using your hands and having more control.

This is why I fell in love with pour-over coffees. 

Every cup you create highlights the unique nature of coffee.

I’m not saying that the machines don’t do any justice in making coffee, but when you do it manually, it’s beautiful!

Picture yourself driving a stick shift, a manual transmission car. 

Every gentle wiggle of the gear stick to see if you’re in neutral. Ever so lightly moving it from side to side.

Every turn of the key, you begin to feel the machine start to rumble.

You hear the beast growl.

Every pour of the water, you begin to whiff the welcoming aroma.

You feel the beans bloom.

Driving a stick shift is an art to master. Making coffee Is a masterpiece. 

Figuring out the clutch and shift timing is crucial when driving a manual car.

If you don’t, then expect to jerk, stall, and even miss shifts. 

You might add a little more coffee or a lot less.

You probably will pour the water hastily that it spills all over.

You might not have the right water temperature or not have enough time to let the beans bloom or forget to give it time to bloom at all. 

You need to find the right balance in both. 

In stick shifts, you have an easier time with braking.

In pour-over coffees, you have the choice of knowing when it’s time for you to stop pouring when you think it’s enough.  

There are a lot of things that you need to consider.

That’s why driving a stick shift is the same as creating pour-over coffees. 

Both take a lot of time, effort, and patience to master the art.

You have a better sense of control on both pour-over coffees and manual cars. 

Every turn of the grinder.

Every shift of the gear.

Every grip on the kettle.

Every step on the clutch.

Every pour of the water

Every foot on the gas pedal.

Doing it manually just gives a thrilling satisfaction.

The way you can control the level of power you want from your engine to the amount of water you let drip into your cup.

This is why I made the switch.

Pour it over and let it drip!

I’ve watched a lot of Youtube tutorials on DIY pour-over coffee makers, and I stumbled upon a coffee making device used in Costa Rica.

They have a coffee maker called the corridor. 

It is a coffee-making device used in Costa Rica where you pour in hot water over through the coffee grounds cradled in a cloth filter which is held in place on a wooden stand.

The liquid then drips into a cup. 

So how did an average girl like me make a gourmet pour-over coffee maker in under 1 minute?

Because we don’t own a pipe cutter at home and I didn’t want to break my budget buying one, I decided to look for alternatives. 

Okay, honestly…

Before writing this article, I really didn’t know what in tarnation I was thinking and planning to do.

I had no idea how I was going to pull it off. 

How I was even going to find the right pipes.

I had to talk myself into going through the ordeal because I knew I had a really great idea, something that will bring value to society.

I had this gut feeling that there are a lot more like me who want something like this but were just afraid to start.

So one day, I finally did it!

I mustered all the confidence I had and marched right into the hardware store.

I felt like a lost sheep walking straight into the wolf’s den.

One thing is for sure, there was no going back.

I love strolling inside shops and malls. It brings me some peace just looking at displays. 

But what starts to grind my gears is when I’m in the middle of browsing around the shop, and some salesgirl would pop out of nowhere; with their half-baked smiles and a not so helpful attitude, and then start following me everywhere.

I hate it every time it happens. 

Chill Susan, I don’t have plans of living in a 6×8 feet room with brick walls, and a barred door that locks from the outside for the rest of my life. 25 to life’s no joke!

I held my head up high, not minding the eyes that were gawking at me.

My heels were tippity tapping the floors as I sashayed the long hallways of the store.

After hours of a failed search, (well, it was just minutes, but it felt like forever) I finally gave up my independence and asked the guy at the store if he could help.

He was happy to assist me.

I guess he just wanted me out of the store as fast as possible.

I was telling him I was looking for pipes. He looked at me oddly.

I think he wanted to know if I knew what I was going to do with them.

I need pipes, Bob, Imma be doing some plumbing on my own because I’m a strong, independent woman.

He assisted me where the right aisle was.

And there they were! Pipes! Pre-cut pipes! Even better!!!

I was so happy because I wasn’t sure if my trip to the hardware store would be a success.

They even had just about the right sizes for the pipes! The only trouble with pre-cut pipes is that you have lesser options for the dimensions.

Well, I just had to make small adjustments.

I was a happy little chomper.

The fittings were right next to the pipes too! It was so awesome!

Truth be told, I didn’t come up with this Macgyver coffee machine, I wish I did though.

So if you want to learn where I got my inspiration from, check out this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv1phK-04lI#action=share

For those of you who are wondering how I did it, Here’s how…

DIY Pour Over Coffee Maker Parts:

1 piece of – 10-inch long metal pipe (threaded ends)

3 pieces of – 3-inch long metal pipe (threaded ends)

3 pieces of – 5-inch long metal pipe (threaded ends)

2 pieces of – T fittings (threaded inside)

3 pieces of – Elbow fitting (threaded inside)

2 pcs. – End caps

Teflon (optional)

10 mm glass funnel

Gooseneck kettle 

PROCEDURE

First, you need to gather everything, all the metal pipes, and fittings. 

Now again, I had limited options for the sizes, so if you feel the need to change it, be my guest.

Grab the 10-inch long metal pipe, make sure you can handle it. Marvel over it.

We’ll use the longest pipe as the vertical piece, 

Another reason why I fell in love with the pipes I bought is that they already had grooves in them. I had no trouble attaching the pieces.

I used the 3-inch long metal pipe for the horizontal support piece that attaches to the T fitting. This is where the glass funnel is held in place.

For the base, use the remaining pipes. A great and stable foundation is what you need for this project. It’s what we all need. It’s what the world needs. As the saying goes…

You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure.

– Gordon B. Hinckley

So, make sure you have a solid base.

Make sure that the fittings… well, fit right! You can use Teflon for additional grip. 

The technical term for Teflon is PTFE (Polytetrafluoro Ethylene).

Teflon is the brand name where it’s commonly sold under. It’s manufactured by DuPont.

Lastly, add the funnel.

You can choose any kind of funnel you want.

I preferred using a glass funnel because it adds more flair.

This is the best guide I could do.

If you’re as confused as me reading my “how-to-do-it” list, here’s a visual.

STEP 1:

The 3-inch long metal pipe is for the horizontal support piece that attaches to the T fitting. This is where the glass funnel is held in place. The 10 inches long will be attached to the base.

STEP 2:

These are the remaining pieces. Attach all of the pieces to create the base.

STEP 3:

You’re very own pour-over coffee maker!

And voila! Start brewing mi amigo!

You don’t have to be a hipster to make awesome coffee. 

 

That rich, welcoming aroma you whiff in the morning. 

That one sip you take, your senses are revived.

That perfect black brew.

Trust me, you don’t have to wear a beanie to make awesome coffee!

The perfect way to create coffee is to make it how you like it! 

Make it as rich as you like.

As rich as the sky full of stars.

Make it as strong as you like.

As strong as the mountain will stand no matter how much the wind would howl.

Make it as black as you like.

As black and impenetrable as the night.

The best thing about making coffee is that you can experiment on it.

Again, make it how you like it!

The best way to start your morning great is a good cup of coffee.

Blah! Why does it taste so papery?

I heard that the best paper filter to use is a non-oxygen bleached filter. 

I also heard others say that cloth filters are the best way to go.

I always want proof, so instead of just accepting the tittle-tattles, I had to find out myself.

If you’re a coffee enthusiast, you’d know that coffee tastes different from each coffee bean and sometimes the coffee filters used to affect the coffee taste.

There are 4 coffee filters that I know of so far.

There’s oxygen bleached paper coffee filter, non-oxygen bleached paper coffee filter, metal coffee filter, and cloth coffee filter.

Firsts I tried both paper filters, there’s really no distinct flavor difference between the two paper filters.

The only thing that I disliked was the papery after taste.

I thought, maybe it’s just the kind of filter I was using. But then I tried another piece and I still got the same papery aftertaste.

So I said, maybe paper filters are not that great.

Next, I tried the metal coffee filter.

I had no problems using it.

I thought the metal would somehow mess up the brewing process, but it didn’t!

There was no aftertaste.

Make sure to rinse and clean the filter before using it though. I made that mistake once.

I ordered my metal filter online, and after days of waiting, I finally received the package.

I got so excited to use it that I forgot to clean and rinse it. 

Such a shame, I know! 

Sorry love, honest mistake.

Lastly, I tried the cloth filter.

The cup I made was very clean.

It was almost like the cloth cradled all the coffee ground and filtered a rich, smooth coffee.

Some say to wash it very well between brews, others would say to just rinse the grounds off the cloth.

Whatever your preference is, do it.

5 things I got clued up about on my brewing adventure!

While doing the experiments and furthering my brewing knowledge, I’ve come up with 5 points to ponder.

1. Break and Brew 

I know you’d agree with me when I say that the best-tasting coffees are made from freshly ground beans just before brewing it. 

Have you ever asked yourself why every time you open your pack of ground coffee beans, the aromatic smell would seem to fade? 

Yeah, why is it little chomper? 

Well, my friend, this is because coffee starts to lose its quality almost after the grind.

No matter how much care we put into preserving the aroma and flavor, the best practice to do is “break” the beans and brew immediately.

2. Wet it like you mean it!

There’s a need to “wet” your filter with hot water before you start brewing.

It makes a cup of coffee taste better.

That was why every time I brewed with paper filters, it had a funny aftertaste. 

Well duh! Genius. 

Wetting helps removes the papery aftertaste.

I found a site wherein they actually did tests on wetting different paper filters, check out this link http://www.brewingisforeveryone.com/blog/the-importance-of-rinsing-your-filter-papers.

2. Let the bean bloom!

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and beautiful of all.” 

– The Emperor, Mulan

For us to fully appreciate a flower’s beauty, we need to see it fully bloom. 

Think about this, the coffee is the flower, and the adversity is the hot water poured into it.

You want to be able to get the best coffee extract and that high caffeine kick.

4. Go buy some Gooseneck! You’ll need it!

Why is there a need for you to buy a Gooseneck kettle when you already have an excellent working pot at home?

Well, you want to create a masterpiece, right?

Then listen to me, you have to have the right tools for it.

When I’m not working on my articles, working my 9-5 job, diving, or surfing, I do a painting. 

Yes, this little chica has a lot of surprises up her sleeves! 

Before I can create some art, I always see to it that I have the right quality paints and brushes. 

Right tools, people! Right tools!

A gooseneck kettle is crucial because it actually helps you control the amount of water poured over your coffee beans. 

You don’t go into battle without carrying the right weapons. You would instantly lose the battle. 

5. Don’t go too fast or you’ll regret it!

The art of brewing great coffee and having great results is the way you take great patience into making it. As the saying goes…

It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.

– John Wooden

So, go ahead, take your time in pouring that hot water. Give love to it.

Do it with great patience and care.

Embrace the process, and you’ll surely love and enjoy the results!

The great take away (Sorry, I’m not talking about the Chinese takeaway)

I had fun doing the project and was even pleased with the outcome.

It’s not every day that you witness someone so average, so naive, make a masterpiece. 

Just make sure that before you buy the pipes, you already have an idea of what you want and how it would look like.

If it helps, picture it in your head or sketch it on a piece of paper.

It is always better to visualize everything so you’d know the necessities to purchase.

Well, it wasn’t a walk in the park for me, though, as you know.

Before I started, I even had doubts if I was ever going to pull it off! I didn’t even know if I was going to find the right pipes.

It wasn’t just one hardware store that I went in.

If my memory serves me right, I think I visited at least five stores until I found the one.

So please, for the love of coffee, don’t give up! 

Whenever you come to a roadblock, you don’t just stop and give up! You take a detour.

I do believe manual coffee brewing is such a great and fulfilling experience. 

I just showed you how an average girl like me made my pour-over coffee maker.

That said, I’m sure you’ll be able to recreate what I just did, maybe even a better version than mine!

If you do, please do share! 

Sharing is caring! (I love that saying. It’s what I always tell my friends whenever I ask for some food from them! And then, BAM! Free food!)

I’d love to see your DIY pour-over coffee maker!

If I could do it, so could you!

Try it for yourself!

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