Easy Copper Pour Over

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by Zest it Up
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I love this project because it is a sleek and sexy design that costs so little to make!
I don’t know if you have caught onto the pour over craze, but if you are a coffee lover…this is where it’s at! It protects the purity of the bean and gives you a lovely cup of brew without bitterness. Whether I have sold you on the pour over or not, I am thinking you will want to make this creation regardless. Pipes + copper = HELLO BABY! I have been wanting to make this for a bit now, and now that I have pulled it off, I can hardly believe I procrastinated. It is so inexpensive and simple, that it’s genius! Can't get enough of this little kitchen refresh DIY!
Photo Cred: Anya McInory
  • tube cutter (or have the folks at your hardware store cut it for you)
  • 2 pieces of 2 foot 1/2″ type M copper pipe (“M” is important because it’s easier to cut, you will have some left over)
  • 1/2″ copper fittings: 3 elbows, 2 T connectors, & 2 end caps
  • sand paper
  • adhesive for metal
  • glass funnel
Here is your cut list, measure it out and mark on your pipe with a Sharpie:
  • one piece at 10″
  • one piece at 2″
  • two pieces at 5″
  • two pieces at 2.5″
Using the tube cutter is a cinch!  It only cost around $7, and it allows me to do all sorts of pipe crafting…so the purchase was totally with it.  However, if this seems daunting to you, go ahead and ask the helpful clerks at your local hardware store to make the cuts for you.  If you decide to go the route of doing the cuts yourself, then just place the tube cutter on your mark, turn the knob as tight as you can, and then spin the cutter round and round the pipe.  As you go, keep turning the knob tight until the pipe slices through.
For adhesive, you have lots of options.  You can use a two part epoxy, but I went with a Fix-All Adhesive by Super Glue.  It works on multiple materials, including metal.
First step is to roughen up the ends of the pipes, so that the adhesive has a bit of texture to grab onto.
Apply the adhesive and then insert them into the pipe connectors.
The two 2.5″ segments go into the T connector.  Then, attach the elbow connectors to the ends of the 2.5″ pipes.  Follow up by attaching the 5″ segments to the other ends of the elbow connectors and then finish by putting on the end caps on the exposed ends.
Now your base is built!  Now insert the 10″ pipe into the top of the T connector.  Use your last elbow connector and attach it to the top of your 10″ pipe and the last 2″ piece of pipe.  Your very last step is to attach the final T connector…just make sure that the T is facing straight up.  It is going to be the holder for your glass funnel.
Make sure everything is straight while the adhesive dries.
After allowing the adhesive to cure overnight, it is just a matter of resting the glass funnel in the top of the T connector.
Now, all you need is a paper filter, some hot water, and some yummy grounds!
Ahhhhh, coffee!  It makes me a normal person 😉
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  • Debbie Spilsbury Debbie Spilsbury on May 13, 2017
    Not being a coffee drinker, could you explain what a pour over coffee is, please?

  • Bishop J Bishop J on Aug 17, 2019

    Why wouldn't you solder the pipes together for a permanent and much stronger bond. Crazy glue weakens in hot water as you wash that. And just the hot water thru the funnel cone has enough heat to expand the tee joint to cause a failure.

  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 17, 2019

    Chanda, this is a lovely alternative to a coffee pot etc. Also a nice means of making one cup of coffee. Thank you for sharing your process. I would like to make a suggestion for keeping the copper shiny if that is what you want. Renaissance Wax will do the trick. rennaisance wax - Google Search

    Chanda may I ask what size funnel you used? I didn't see dimensions in your tutorial. Thank you :)

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  • Mary Mary on Aug 17, 2019

    Perfect for someone from the Copper state! (Arizona) Gotta try it.

  • Em Em on Aug 18, 2019

    Sleek maybe. I'm still trying to find out where the sexy part is.

    • Sandra Hankins Cormier Sandra Hankins Cormier on Aug 29, 2019

      Did you not look at it? Just sitting on the counter it’s got a sexy look. To me and others anyway. Different, unique, intriguing, sexy!