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Brewing with the Melitta Cone Pour-Over System


(This photo shows a vintage ceramic Melitta cone pour over brewing system that can sometimes be found on etsy.com or ebay.com. The wooden counters in the picture are part of the decor here at Anderson’s Coffee and have been part of the shop since it opened.)

Invented by Melitta Bentz in 1908, the cone pour-over system is still viewed by coffee aficionados as the best way to brew coffee. The cone pour-over method served as the precursor to the automatic drip coffeemaker. It is quite simplistic. A cone shaped device made out of plastic (BPA Free), ceramic, or metal is placed on the top of a mug or a carafe. The paper filter is inserted into the cone and filled with coffee. Water is then poured over the coffee. The final brewed coffee leaves the cone filter by a hole in the bottom into the cup.

The benefits of the system are numerous. First the cost; our Melitta brand cone pour-over systems start at $4.00 (you can see them here). In the store we also carry models with a glass carafes, as well as porcelain. Coffee drinkers enjoy the Melitta because it allows one to regulate important factors such as: temperature, flow of water, and optimal exposure and extraction of the coffee grounds via the cone shape design. Finally, brewing one cup or a few cups at a time ensures the freshest drink possible.

This is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to discover the flavor nuances between coffees grown in different countries, and the blends we have created. With a simple cone pour-over system you are the coffee brew-master!

We sell complete sets: single serve plastic cones, glass carafes with plastic cone holders, porcelain models and corresponding #2 and #4 paper cone filters.


  • Water temperature is important for optimal extraction. Your temperature should be between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water is too cool, which occurs in some brands of automatic drip makers, the brew will be under-extracted.
  • With our fresh roasted coffee we suggest starting with two tablespoons per 8 oz. of water.
  • Fill the cone shaped holder containing your coffee with heated water to the top, slowly circling over the grounds to ensure all of the grounds come in contact with the water. Maintain the water level until desired amount is brewed and allow the rest to drain off in your sink.
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