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How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

The artisanal coffee movement has hit the U.S. in a major way, with hip cafés serving flat whites and almond milk lattes popping up on pretty much every corner. We’re major supporters of the trend, but at upwards of $4 for a basic cup, we also know that a coffee shop addiction can be seriously hard on the wallet. We’d never considered making our own pour-over coffee (in our minds something reserved for coffee geeks and bearded, tatted baristas with special equipment) until we spent the day with Casey Goch and Ren Fuller-Wasserman of Shreebs, in the Los Angeles Arts District. They gave us a step-by-step tutorial on making a fancy cup of joe—turns out it’s a much simpler process than we thought. Below, a list of all the tools necessary and a recipe for making the perfect cup at home.

What You’ll Need

  • Kettle



    Any kettle will work, but one with a long spout really helps you control the flow of water.

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  • Filters



    Paper filters work great, but we particularly love these reusable organic cotton ones—simply rinse thoroughly and hang to dry after use.

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  • Pour-Over Dripper Cone

    Pour-Over Dripper Cone


    Dripper cones can sit directly on top of your coffee cup, making it easy to do a single pour-over cup every morning instead of making a whole pot. We’re obsessed with this gorgeous copper one, but they’re widely available in plastic, ceramic, and stainless steel if you don’t want to make the investment.

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  • Coffee Scooper

    Coffee Scooper


    This scoop helps measure the perfect amount of beans (plus it looks great).

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  • Good Coffee Beans

    Good Coffee Beans


    A cup of coffee is only as good as the beans used to make it, so be sure to pick up (preferably) locally-roasted beans. Ren says “Treat your coffee beans like your groceries, and ask your roaster about farming practices.”

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  • Scale



    Only really necessary for true coffee aficionados, a scale helps ensure the perfect ratio of beans to water.

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  • Grinder



    As Casey explains, “If you’re going to make an investment in your coffee experience, start with a good grinder.”

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  • The Perfect Cup of Coffee

    The Perfect Cup of Coffee

    Don’t worry about whether or not you’re doing it right. You can always adjust grind size and water flow rate to achieve the right timing and taste, and it will probably take a few practice runs and some adjustments to achieve your perfect balance.

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