On The Grind Series: What is pour over coffee?

On The Grind Series: What is pour over coffee?

Everyone has a different opinion on how many dates it takes to know if they’ve found the one, but when it comes to coffee, it was love at first sight (or should we say taste?)

One thing we can all agree on, however, is the more you get to know something, the deeper your appreciation for it grows. This is why we came up with our series, On the Grind, where we break down the basics of coffee and take a closer look at the bean-to-cup process. 

For this installment, we will be reviewing the pour over method. We’re certain it won’t take very long to see why this brewing method is so close to our heart. 

So, what is pour over coffee?

Coffee has been around for a long time, but the pour over brewing method is only about 120 years old. It was invented by Amalie Auguste Melitta Benz– Melitta for short– in Germany in 1908. Melitta was fed up with the bitter flavor of the coffee she made with her percolator every day. The equipment commonly used back then left excess grounds in each cup and was difficult to clean, and cloth filters were expensive and hard to come by. 

After some experimentation, Melitta poked holes in a brass pot, used blotting paper as a filter (which was unheard of at the time– we love an innovator) and poured her water through it. With this method, she was able to remove the bitter flavor from over-extraction, eliminate the extra grounds in each cup, and reduce the cleanup time. After some trial and error, she patented the design and the rest is history. 

Of course, 1908 was just the beginning. 

Today, there are tons of different ways to brew a pour over. While the mechanics are essentially the same (pouring water over freshly ground coffee beans), the equipment, filter, and process can vary. Some pour over methods, usually referred to by the equipment used for brewing, have their cult followings. Some people might picture the Chemex, Hario V60, Kalita Wave, or even the Melitta, when they hear the term “pour over.”

When we hear pour over, it’s Malu. 

A cup filled with specialty pour over coffee surrounded by packets of Malu single serve pour over coffee pouches

Malu began when Jin had to quarantine in her NYC apartment during the pandemic. She fell in love with the pour-over brewing method, but found herself in a deep rabbit hole of filters, drippers, grinders, and proper storage options. She decided to create an experience that would combine the simplicity and ease of the pour over method and the taste and quality of specialty grade coffee. In that way, Malu really is the best of both worlds. You get all the best parts of pour over coffee, which you can make virtually anywhere, without having to compromise on flavor. 

Whether you are a veteran pour over drinker or are just dipping your toes into the world of delicious pour over coffee, Malu’s single serve specialty pour over coffee pouches are a total game changer– and you can count on falling head over heels every time. 

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