How to Make Pour-Over Coffee with a Hario V60 Dripper

At our Artist Blend coffee class we learn various craft brewing techniques to prepare coffee at home. Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind if you decide to try it out and, of course, the list of tools you will need.

Why Pour-Over?

Pour over is great for coffee lovers who are looking for complete control over brewing extraction or for an easy way to make delicious coffee at home without having a coffee machine. The key is to pour slowly. 

What Tools Do I Need ?

Additional Tools

Before You Brew

We recommend starting with whole bean coffee and grinding with a burr grinder right before brewing. Also, make sure that the water is heated to 205 degrees by bringing it to a boil and letting it sit for about 30 seconds. 

Step By Step Pour Over Technique

1. Fold the filter along the crimped edge and place it inside in the dripper. Set the dripper on top of your mug.

2. Pour hot water around the inside of the filter for about 5 seconds. Rinsing the filter helps seal it inside the dripper and also gets rid of any papery taste.

Take the dripper off of your mug and discard the rinse water.

3. Measure out 24 grams (about 4 spoons) of coffee and grind it in the grinder on the medium setting. Add coffee to your brewer.

4. Saturate the grounds with water right off the boil in the spiral motion, clock wise going from outside to inside but just enough to cover the grounds. Let it bloom (forcing the gases inside the coffee to be released) for 12-15 seconds. You will start smelling a delicious aroma.

5. Continue pouring water in a slow, spiral motion, adding water every 10-15 seconds. Pour over dark spots, not the light ones. Keep pouring until you reach 365 g.

6. Enjoy!

How to Paint With Coffee - Tips and Tricks from the Pros

How to Paint with Coffee

At Art Room Events we love painting and we love coffee, so naturally, painting with coffee has been one of our favorite activities since day 1. We hope you can join us for an upcoming Artist’s Blend: Painting With Coffee class, but until then, here are a few tips for trying it on your own!

What is Painting with Coffee Like?

Painting with coffee is similar to watercolor painting. However, a watercolor paint palette has several colors to choose from, while coffee painting involves using various shades of brown. For that reason, creating different dilution levels of coffee paint allows the artist to create different shades, shadows and depth.

What Materials Do I Need to Paint with Coffee?

Coffee Paint

Our coffee classes utilize a special blend off “Coffee Paint” that has been optimized for use as paint, which we get from Art Right Meow. Why use a special blend of coffee paint? Well, after experimenting with a variety of beans and a number of grinding methods, we found that traditional coffee in its ground form can be difficult to mix, a bit gritty, not dark enough, and expensive if you’re using high end coffee. Plus, why waste delicious coffee beans when there is coffee paint sold in easy to mix small portions? The perks (pun intended) of Art Right Meow’s coffee paint are it’s easy to use, easy to clean up, and using the measuring ratios you can create a wide variety of coffee shades. Art Right Meow also sells coffee painting kits that include paint, brushes, paper, and all the supplies needed if you prefer to host your own coffee painting hour at home or with friends.

Coffee Painting Kitty by Art Right Meow

Coffee Painting Kitty by Art Right Meow

Paint Pots/Vessels for Paint and Water

In order to have different shades of coffee, you’ll need a paint pot, bowl or cup for each saturation level. We recommend 3 coffee colors/saturations as a minimum. You’ll also need a water cup to clean your brush.

Watercolor Paper

While you can paint whatever you want with coffee, we use watercolor paper in our classes. 90lb paper is good enough but supply stores sell all kinds of sizes in different weights - the higher the weight, the thicker the paper.


Sharpened Pencil

Prior to painting, you’ll want to outline your drawing with pencil. The coffee paint will wash out the pencil lines as long as you draw the outline lightly. Any pencil will do! If you want to get fancy try a brown colored pencil, a chalk pencil, charcoal or an artist’s pencil.


Paint Brushes

We recommend having a variety of brushes available because they bring a variety of utility and effects. We use 3 different brushes in our coffee painting class. The first brush should be a larger brush for painting the background layer. A flat brush is ideal to create an even color. You’ll then fill your outline with a medium brush, and use a smaller fine brush to add darker details.


Coffee Painting Techniques

After outlining your drawing, use the largest brush possible and the lightest coffee paint you've made to brush on the background color. It's important to let each layer dry before you paint over it. Use a medium sized brush to fill in the body of your subject matter, and a small/fine brush in the thickest coffee paint to add fine details. Have fun mixing different coffee paint saturations and brushes to get the desired effects.

Thanks for reading, we hope to see you at an upcoming creative experience in Chicago!

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Artistic Coffee Pirates Gather in Wicker Park

Ahoy, matey!

This weekend we set sail on a sea of coffee inspiration!

Our guests learned how to paint with coffee while enjoying coffee tastings in our Wicker Park Art Room Events space at Bru. Additional lessons included how to make cold brew at home with easy to use, affordable supplies from Amazon, and how to brew pour over at home as well. Visit our coffee art gallery to see some of their fun pieces - we hope to see you in the Art Room soon!

Boozy Marshmallow Tasting @AcrylX

The Junction of Art and Fluffy Deliciousness

This weekend we welcomed the founders of XO Marshmallow to our AcrylX BYOB painting class. Guests were treated to samples of a variety of boozy and delectable marshmallows while creating personal masterpieces. Our favorite? The final marshmallow presentation - a salted caramel marshmallow was hand torched and dropped into our coffee! It was hard to choose a favorite, however. Fizzy champagne marshmallows, Lavender Honey marshmallows, and salted caramel on s'mores were also delicious.

Here is a peek into the class from our Facebook live feed:

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Here are some fun creations from our marshmallow-loving, acrylic-painting guests and a flaming marshmallow action shot: