Drip Coffee vs. Pour Over

Quality over quantity. Unless you’re talking about coffee. Then it’s both.

When you have a good cup of coffee, it’s hard to not drink an entire pot by yourself and then make a second. Or make two trips to your favorite coffeehouse in one day.

Drip coffee, like what you make in your home or office coffee maker, is perfect for a quick, satisfying fix. But, if you find yourself with a little extra time on your hands, give pour over a try. Your coffee-loving tastebuds will thank you.

What makes it different? We have five reasons:


If you want to take your coffee game to a whole new level, get high-quality coffee beans and make sure you have the proper grind size. You’ll have to spend upwards of $200 on a drip machine if you want a cup that comes close to that of pour over or you could get a pour over method, like what’s listed below, for a fraction of the cost.


You have complete control over how you pour in the water, whereas a drip coffee machine does it for you. You can ensure that all of the coffee grounds are saturated, so the water can extract from them evenly.


Much like the control of your water’s pour, you also have control over the water’s temperature when you make pour over coffee. The ideal temperature for coffee is 205 degrees Fahrenheit, but most drip machines either don’t actually reach that or won’t stay that hot for long.


The simplicity of pour over coffee equipment lends itself to easy cleaning and longevity. They’re usually one or two parts made of glass, metal or plastic, so if you take good care of it, it should last you a while. No short circuiting or descaling your coffee maker for hard water. Just don’t drop it.