Zen & the Art of Pour-Over Coffee

I don’t meditate or do yoga, but I do make pour-over coffee.

I’m convinced they have the same effects, except when making coffee there’s little chance of snoring in a room full of strangers.

Coffee used to be something I consumed in desperation, and I made it in the same fashion. Eyes half-closed, brain still in bed, I dumped unmeasured amounts of water and grounds into a Mr. Coffee maker I was lugging around since my dorm room days.

I never understood what people meant by a great cup of coffee because I was drinking a grainy, tar-like substance made by a frantic madwoman.

And then I learned about the pour-over method.

If I were Gwyneth Paltrow (unlikely) or a person who is a sucker for buzzwords (v. likely), I’d call it “intentional coffee, or intentional coffee making.”

Because it’s impossible to make pour-over coffee quickly (I’ve tried), you notice the details: the science experiment like bloom, the continuous patter from a steady stream of water, the change in smell of the coffee through the brewing process – milk chocolate to earthiness to floral notes in between.

If you’ve been skipping yoga classes (here’s to New Years Resolutions dying in March) or mediation apps aren’t your thing, try the pour-over method as a daily ritual. You may just get a good cup of coffee out of it, too.

Starbuck’s 1912 Pike blog has a step-by-step video that’s easy to follow: 

Agree, disagree? Figured out how to meditate without falling asleep? Lemme know!