The Hario V60 is a elegant brewer for those coffee enthusiasts who want full control over the brewing method. It is quite similar to other brewing methods, however, it is the way the Hario cone is designed that allows the coffee to pass through the filter paper evenly. This is due to the spiraling ribs and the slope down towards a wide opening.
Technique is critical here. The way you pour, your grind size and time all heavily contribute to that final cup. This is definitely my favourite brewing method.
What you will need:
- V60 Cone 2 cup
- V60 Filter paper
- Freshly ground coffee
- Hot water
- Goose neck kettle
- Stir stick or spoon
- Take the V60 paper and fold the edge on itself. Place the filter paper in the V60 cone. Rinse the filter with plenty of boiling water. This ensures any paper-like flavours leave the paper filter before we start brewing. Discard the water and place the V60 back onto your mug or vessel.
- Weigh out 21 grams of coffee. Your grind will be just courser than table salt. (Remember your grind size will determine how fast or slow your brew time will be).
- Place the ground coffee in the filter paper. Give the V60 a little tap to even/settle out the bed of ground coffee. Set your scale to '0 grams'.
- Make sure your water is heating up. Once it has reached boiling point, remove it for 45 second before you start pouring.
- Start your timer! Slowly pour the water into the center of the bed of grounds working towards the outside in a circular motion until your scale reads ‘42 grams’ (which is double the amount of ground coffee). Agitate the bed of coffee with a stirrer so all the grounds are saturated. Wait for 30 seconds, allowing the coffee to absorb the water. This process is called 'blooming'.
- Start pouring slowly and steady. Aim for about 1cm from the edge of the cone. Keep the water level around two-thirds full. Continue pouring in a circular motion until you reach 300 grams. If you can do it all in one slow and steady pour that would be ace and you're a legend. However, a 2 or 3 pour strategy is still ok. We are aiming for a total brew time of about 3 minutes including bloom.
- All the water has now passed through the V60. Remove the cone, discard your filter paper and take your freshly brewed coffee to enjoy quietly. You will find your brew will change flavour as it cools. So, don't drink it too quickly. Trust me!!
All my methods are straightforward and simple. I hope they give you an understanding to brew better coffee to the taste you like.