you may have seen our instagrams from last weekend of the diy pourover coffee station that we made, and are pretty proud of (it actually stands up! and there were no drilling injuries! successes in and of themselves, for sure). if you don’t know about pourover manual brewing yet, it’s a wonderful alternative for drip coffee and the taste is infinitely better. you can read all about the methodology and watch some how-to videos in this article from sweet maria’s and this guide from prima coffee.
there are lots of different pourover drippers on the market, but we really like the hario v60 and decided to invest in a couple of those in order to make this station. the prima coffee guide linked above lists the pros and cons of lots of different models, so check it out if you’re thinking of buying one. we’ve also heard good things about the beehouse dripper and have seen them in lots of specialty coffee shops.
after seeing these pourover stations in chicago and on our coffeecation in kansas city, we really wanted to make our own. we found a couple different tutorials but most of them were more complicated than we were looking to get. we ultimately settled on this simple design that only cost about $40 total to make.
-four 6″ wooden table legs (we used these)
-four steel mounting plates (we used these)
-one 1 x 6 x 24″ piece of wood (we found a nice piece of pine in this exact size at ace for about $5)
-2 1/2″ hole saw
-polyurethane for sealing
-2 hario v60 ceramic drippers (size 02)*
*as mentioned above, there are lots of pourovers drippers on the market, the hario v60 only one of them. follow the same process if using another dripper, but make sure you measure the circumference of its opening and purchase the corresponding hole saw.
1. determine where your holes will be on your piece of wood, and mark them. we made the center of each hole 8″ in from either side, but this is obviously flexible depending on how you want your station to look. we found it easiest to actually trace the entire circle using the dripper once we found our centers.
2. drill the two holes with the hole saw (a little trick: drill until the bit pokes out on the underside, then turn the wood over and drill down again. we found this to be a little easier and it also makes sure the wood chunk won’t get stuck in the hole saw once you’re done)
3. turn your wood onto its bottom side and pre-drill holes for the mounting plates in each of the four corners. after pre-drilling, hold down the mounting plate against the wood and screw it in. repeat until all four mounting plates are securely screwed into the wood.
4. screw the legs into each of the four mounting plates.
5. seal the top and legs with polyurethane and allow to dry completely.
6. place hario drippers in each of your perfectly-drilled holes.
7. make and enjoy delicious coffee!