Introduction: Simple Pour Over Stand

About: My name is Eammon Littler and I'm a college student interested in the field of engineering, robotics, and programming. 想像 (souzou) is the Japanese word for imagining, which I find myself constantly doing, and …

Two years ago I designed a pour over coffee tripod stand, but there were issues with the design that kept me from using it. The magnets are neat, it packs away nicely, but the tripod legs made it difficult to place a cup beneath the funnel. Two years later, I've designed a simpler than ever four print pour over stand. Although it doesn't collapse, the stand functionality and ease of mason jar placement makes up for it. Plus there is no need to glue anything together. The pieces fit together with friction only, so it is possible to disassemble if need be.

Step 1: Materials

Step 2: Assembly

  1. Cut two of the dowels into 18 cm long pieces and the last one to 21.5 cm length.
  2. Attach the caps to the ends of the two shorter pieces and fix the tri connector to the other end of the two dowels.
  3. Attach the long dowel to the open slot on the tri connector and attach the funnel holder to the end.
  4. Fit the funnel into the holder and you're done!
  5. Make coffee.

Step 3: Brewing

I tend to prefer the taste of pour over coffee over french press, but being a college student requires practicality above all else. French press becomes easy since it's a "let sit and brew" style. Now that I've overcome the design faults of my previous design, I can see myself brewing pour over again. My favorite way to make pour over is using a grind setting of 16-18 (on the fine side) and slightly below boiling hot water (so as not to burn the grounds). A ratio of 1:14 coffee:hot water will suffice (since I like my coffee strong). Pour a fifth of the hot water you plan to use and let bloom for at least 30 sec. Start pouring the rest at a constant rate. Pour as fast as the coffee comes out of the funnel. It helps keep the water ratio and temperature of brew consistent. And that's it. I know, it's a lot to remember but becomes second nature once you enjoy a great cup of coffee. Enjoy!

Step 4: Persisting Coffee Droplets

Two things to note. First, if you didn't glue the funnel holder to the wood dowel, you can turn it and store it in this cool way. Second, I've always noticed this jumping water droplet effect which is always a lot of fun to watch. I enjoy the physics of things and found this video does a great job of explaining the effect of the persisting water droplet. In simple terms, a drop of coffee remains a drop while it bounces on top of the pot of coffee for a short while. If there are ripples on the surface of the pot, the energy from the ripples bouncing against the droplet will give it the energy to remain bouncing on the surface. Coffee is cool and so is physics. I highly recommend watching while you enjoy your freshly brewed coffee.

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