The Japanese designed Hario Woodneck brewer is one of the least used brewing methods. It’s not because the final cup is bad, it’s more the maintenance and cleaning of the cloth filter that is time consuming and annoying.
The brewer consists of a glass carafe with a wood collar, a reusable cloth filter and a wooden handled hoop to give the filter shape. The flavour profile you get is a smooth, full cup that has more body than traditional paper filtered coffee.
Cleaning and maintaining the cloth filter:
It is really important to clean the cloth filter straight after it's been used. Rinse it under running water until the majority of the ground coffee is gone. Boil some water and soak the cloth twice for about 10 minutes each time. This should remove all the coffee oils and coffee fines from the cloth. Once the cloth filter is visibly clean, let it dry. If you use it frequently/daily, it’s better to leave it damp in the refrigerator inside a zip-lock bag.
What you will need:
- Hario Woodneck
- Freshly ground coffee
- Hot water
- Goose neck kettle (not crucial)
- Rinse your cloth filter in hot water over the Woodneck. This preheats the vessel while rinsing the cloth filter. (Give the cloth filter a very good rinse).
- Measure out 21 grams of coffee.
- Grind your coffee to a medium grind (just finer than table salt).
- Place the grinds into the cloth filter basket, gentle shaking the basket to distribute the coffee evenly. Tare you scale to zero.
- Start pouring 42 mLs of water onto the bed of coffee. Let it bloom for about 30 seconds. If you see the coffee still expelling the Co2 at 30 seconds give it another 15 seconds.
- Slowly pour the water in a circular motion. Be in control of your pour at all times and be consistent with the flow rate. We are aiming for a total 270 mLs including the bloom. As with all pourover methods, coffee-to-water contact time is an important part of the process. Try not to dump the water all in at once. It should take about a 1.30 -2.00 minutes to complete this part of the brew.
- We are aiming for about 3.30 minute brew. Your grind size will determine whether you are too fast or too slow.
- You're done! Rinse the cloth filter and enjoy your brew.
All my methods are straightforward and simple. I hope they give you an understanding to brew better coffee to the taste you like.