First Time Use:
Wash the cloth filter with hot water and strain the water out of it.
Wash and rinse the coffee pot before using
NOTE: The more accurate and preferred method is to use a scale. Weights are preferred because the same amount of coffee is provided regardless of roast color. Darker roasting enlarges the bean, taking up more volume, so a scoop of dark roasted coffee is lighter in weight, and thus requires more volume (scoops).
You Will Need
Fresh-roasted coffee (24grams) or Approx. 3 scoops. (195 – 205º F)
Pour-over Sock Pot
Grinder (grind = fine) Drip Grind
Measuring spoon or scale
Cup(s) and/or thermal carafe
1-Boil filtered water.
2-Rinse the cotton filter in hot water over the carafe, so the glass is preheated, and throw out this water afterward.
3-Measure drip grind coffee - Grind 24grams, approximately 2.5 to 3 tablespoons or to your liking – and pour it into the filter.
4-Shake the filter basket to distribute the grounds and eliminate air pockets.
Pre-infuse the coffee:
We suggest you make a small indentation in the center of the grounds.
While not necessary, it makes aiming the hot water for the center a lot easier. Slowly, pour just enough water (approximately 1 ounce) into the center and then outwards to evenly wet all the grounds. Pouring the water at the right rate throughout the brewing process takes a bit of practice.
Wait about 20 to 30 seconds, as the grounds bloom (fresh coffee releases a lot of carbon dioxide, swelling the grounds).
Adding the remaining water is where the technique becomes important;
Slowly start by gently pouring into the center of the grounds and then moving outwards concentrically. Try to not pour water at the very edges at any time and make sure not to fill higher than the level of the grounds themselves. This takes some practice! Any water above the grounds will simply go out the sides without brewing the coffee and your final cup of coffee will lack sweetness as well as fullness. You can start and stop pouring as long as you keep some water in the grounds during the process.
This brewing process, after pre-wetting, should take between 2 to 3 minutes
Enjoy the aroma, appreciate the clarity and savor the body and taste of the cup. Rinse out the sock and put it away. It will need to be replaced after a few months (6 to 8mths) when the cup’s taste tells you. Each person might want to adjust the ratios of coffee to water, and amount of pouring time, to personal taste.
Rule of thumb is 1.5 grams of coffee for every ounce of water.
Important!: To prolong the life of the filter, thoroughly rinse and then store the sock in a cup of water or a zip-lock bag . I find the ziplock bag in the fridge the best option. Also, once a month put the filter in a container with hot water and a teaspoon of baking soda and a touch of vinegar. Seal the container and shake vigorously then rinse thoroughly.