Hand drip coffee is also called pour over coffee or filter coffee. This brewing method is simply pouring hot water through coffee grounds in a filter and the water drains through the coffee grounds and filter into a carafe or mug. The recipes for it, as well as equipment within a hand drip coffee set are diverse.
Different hand drip coffee equipment and the coffee to water ratio can change the flavours and aroma of the coffee. Hand drip coffee in Hong Kong is popular for single origin coffees because it can brighten the taste. Unlike espressos, hand drip coffee is clean and clear. Coffee will excrete oil and fragrances during brewing, but the filter can catch lots of oils, and this is the reason leading to a clean cup. Since most of the oils will be left in the dripper, oily dark roast coffee is not recommended for making the hand drip coffee pot.
Why You Need A Hand Crip Coffee Set in HK
To make a pour over, you need to have a portable hand drip coffee set which includes the kettle, dripper, carafe, and scale. You can find various tools for hand drip coffee in Hong Kong.
As an essential part of any hand drip coffee set, the kettle has a long and small spout which can let you control the flow of water more easily. You need to pour water steadily when making the hand drip coffee. Normally a kettle with a larger spout is not suitable for hand drip coffee. Water temperature is crucial for the best pot of hand drip coffee in Hong Kong. After getting the grind size correct, you may use an electric coffee kettle with water temperature control, but the price of an electric kettle is high. As an economical choice, you can choose normal pour over kettle, such as Tiamo pour over kettle. The price of this kettle is one third of an electric kettle. The elegant design can create a decorative item for your home.
For getting precise water temperature while making hand drip coffee, you can purchase a digital thermometer, like the Kadou digital thermometer as part of your portable hand drip coffee set in HK.
Dripper Is Crucial Hand Drip Coffee Equipment
Dripper is another critical item for making the best hand drip coffee in Hong Kong, and there are three main categories: cake shape, trapezoid, and cone shape.
Cake Shaped Dripper
It has a flat bottom which can slow down the water flow and extend the brewing time. However, with long brewing time, it may lead to over-exaction easily. This kind of dripper is not recommended for beginner users.
Like the cake shape dripper, the trapezoid dripper takes longer time for brewing. It is also difficult for beginners to operate as the flow rate is unstable or easily clogged.
Cone Shaped Dripper
The cone shape dripper is the most popular dripper shape. It has a large hole in the bottom which can help to keep a deep filtering layer for bringing out good flavours of coffee. The ribs inside the wall of the dripper are another signature feature for cone shaped drippers. Different designs of the ribs can influence the water flow. CAFEC flower dripper is considered one of the best cone shape drippers. With the flower ribs inside the dripper, enough air layer can be kept between paper and dripper so coffee grounds can be expanded fully. Water can flow faster with cone shape design so it can prevent over-extraction. Ceramic made drippers can help to keep water temperature so the taste of your hand drip coffee will be stable. Most importantly, it is an easy piece of hand drip coffee equipment to use for beginners.
Importance of Scale Is Always Ignored
Some people may not think that scale is an important hand drip coffee equipment. Brewing coffee is not simply pouring hot water to coffee grounds. The Coffee to water ratio is also essential for creating consistent and tasty coffee. A digital scale is inexpensive, such as the Palico coffee scale. It just costs HKD200. With a precise scale on hand, you can measure the coffee grounds and water precisely. Also, the scale can allow you to replicate the recipe you like or to finetune the recipe for a better result.
Learning the brewing techniques takes time and requires practice but replicating the recipe precisely is still a big challenge for hand drip coffee Hong Kong fanatics. Even though you have a hand drip coffee set, it is difficult to brew two cups of coffee with the same flavours. Hence, some people may be reluctant to invest in the whole set of hand drip coffee equipment. Our smart dripper can fix this issue.
With the Palico Smart Dripper, you just need to pour water into the coffee ground, and then use the stirrer which comes with the dripper to gently stir the coffee ground. Make sure water and coffee grounds are well-blended before covering the lid. After steeping for about 3 minutes, you can put the dripper over a carafe or mug. Coffee will drain out as the valve at the bottom of the dripper will be opened automatically. You can enjoy the coffee until all the liquid drains into the carafe. The small dripper can also be used for making cold brew coffee. Without doubt, the taste and flavour will not be as rich as hand drip coffee, but it can be the starting point for learning the brewing skills of hand drip coffee. It is particularly suitable for beginners that do not have enough confidence for brewing the best hand drip coffee in Hong Kong just yet.
Hand Drip Coffee in Hong Kong
It is not difficult to find hand drip coffee in Hong Kong, especially when specialty coffee is getting popular in recent times. Many Hong Kong people are coffeeholics, as they not only visit coffee shops to enjoy the beverage but also attend workshops to learn the brewing techniques.
Although the living area in Hong Kong is quite cramped, many people are still willing to have a hand drip coffee set at home. It is fun to be your own barista as you can control all the factors that may influence the taste of your hand drip coffee. It is therefore extremely worth having a hand drip coffee set at home.
Having said that, the hand drip coffee equipment is just the hardware. The recipe and the skills of a barista are more essential for a good cup of coffee. You can get coffee with diverse layers and rich flavours after practice, and hence, the diversity of hand drip coffee in Hong Kong may be the reason why people are so interested.
Palico provides various hand drip coffee equipment. You can find the whole set of recommended brewing tools right here at our eShop.