Big Cup Coffee Stack


Pour-over coffee is a simple, fool-proof method for coffee addicts. There’s a natural hierarchy to coffee and it goes something like following (top being the most prestigious). I opt for Pour-over as I find it’s the best Speed <> Cost <> Quality ratio.

  • Espresso
  • French Press
  • Pour Over
  • “Coffe Maker”
  • Keurig

The Pour-over style is relatively cheap compared to fancy coffee makers, Espresso machines, or even fancy automated coffee makers that have built-in grinders. This is a great starting place and you can re-use many of the parts (scales, grinder, water kettle, bean storage) in future coffee stacks.

Part Suggested Price Mandatory?
Grinder $100-$150 Yes
Scale $50 No
Water Kettle $50-100 Yes
Pour Over Cup $20-40 Yes
Filters $10 Yes
Bean Storage $25 No
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Total (worst case) $300  

And then add in your coffee of choice. Suggested parts listed below.


Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

  • Easy to use with 40 built-in grind levels. Use 17-19 for pour-over.
  • While marketed as entry-level, it’s a beast and lasts.

For an upgraded experience (auto shut-off, better Espresso grind) take a look at the Baratza Sette 270 Burr Coffee Grinder!

Hario V60 Drip Coffee Scale and Timer
If you need a scale, this is a pretty great one. I use it once I start making more than a 1 scoop<>1 cup combo.


Hot Water Burn Baby

Pour-over/drip coffee is best at ~205* F. This kettle lets you set the perfect temperature which is great for coffee as well as tea.
Bonavita BV382510V 1.0L Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle


Pour Over

Hario Ceramic Coffee Dripper, Size 02
*The price of this thing fluctuate, you may have to switch colors. But go for Ceramic. It tastes the best. Glass is next best. Avoid plastics.

Hario V60 Paper Coffee Filters, Size 02, Natural, Tabbed


Organic Hemp Cone Coffee Filter – Reusable
I love this one. Quick rinse after making coffee, air dry.

*UPDATE* Hario Coffee Server

Loving this carafe to ensure I don’t pour too much!

Coffee storage

I use these, quite happily, and prefer the size so I can grind a weeks worth of coffee at a time to store. I’ll do this with my cheaper coffee beans.

Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Coffee Container – Fresher Beans and Grounds for Longer – Date-Tracker, CO2-Release Valve and Measuring Scoop – 2-Pack



Go whole bean. Grind yourself. Ideally, grind before you make your coffee. I think grinding a few days in advance is fine, too. Get yourself a good coffee holder.

Helios by Hyperion

  • I suggest trying a few of their coffees with the pour-over grind option when you order before you buy a grinder. Experience what good coffee tastes like when ground properly.
  • A favorite daily driver.
  • Local to Ann Arbor, MI


  • Free shipping when you order two bags or more.
  • I like the Finca Lomaverde

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