The Beginner’s Guide to Brewing with the V60

The specialty coffee realm can be intimidating to any outsider looking in, thinking of getting his toes wet. The variety of equipment, terminology and often complicated yet contradicting advice can be very hard to navigate for someone who’s just in search of a better cup of coffee.

The Hario V60 is a staple in many coffee-brewing collections due to its ease of use and affordability. Essentially, the V60 is a pour-over brew apparatus which requires you to pour hot water over a bed of coffee, allowing the water to steep and drip through the funnel into a flask or cup below. How easy is that?

We also really like it because, despite it’s simplicity, it brings out the best qualities and nuanced flavours of each coffee (and that’s why you should never judge a book by its cover!)

So here’s what you’ll need

  • V60 Kit
    • V60 Dripper
    • Filter paper
  • Hot water
    Approx. 250ml of water at 95 degrees celsius. If you don’t have a way to check the temperature, bring the water to a complete boil then let it rest for 1 minute.
  • Freshly roasted coffee from Hook Coffee
    Approx. 15g of medium-fine grounded coffee. We can grind it for you if you’d like!
  • Serving flask or cup

V60 Equipment Req

Pre-brew preparation

Before we get to the actual brewing, we want to rinse the paper filter to prevent any papery taste from tainting your brew.

  • Place the filter in the dripper, making sure to fold along the side, so as to create a cone shape.
  • Rinse the filter with some hot water onto the filter, allowing it to pass through into your serving cup. This also allows you to heat up the serving cup.
  • Discard the water when you’re done.

Brew Method

  • Place 15g of the grounded coffee into the filter and slowly pour 30g of 95 degrees celsius water onto the coffee bed, ensuring you wet all the coffee grounds.
  • Wait 30 seconds, to allow the coffee to bloom.
    “The Bloom” is the fast release of gas that occurs when hot water comes in contact with the fresh coffee grounds. Watch as the grounds bubble and rise to form a pillowy mound, then slowly deflate as they take their bow.

V60 Bloom

  • Continue pouring the remainder of the water in a slow, consistent circular motion around the coffee bed. This ensures an equal extraction of coffee from the grounds.

V60 Finish Pour

  • Pour the coffee into a mug and enjoy!

V60 Enjoy

Searching for the perfect cup

Brewing coffee to your liking is an ongoing journey of experiments and tweaks.

If your coffee is overtly bitter, it is likely your brew is over extracted. Try…

  • Using a coarser grind setting
  • Ensuring the water temperature is at the ideal 95 degrees celsius. The temperature may be too high.

If your coffee tastes bland or diluted, it is likely your brew is under extracted. Try…

  • Using a finer grind setting
  • Ensuring the water temperature is at the ideal 95 degrees celsius. The temperature may be too low.
  • Using freshly roasted and ground coffee (which won’t be a concern if you’re getting your coffee from us!)

Still not satisfied?

The best technique and equipment can’t make up for low-quality coffee beans. If you’re using beans bought from the supermarket or beans roasted months ago, maybe you should check us out here. We bring in some of the best beans from around the world, roasting the beans locally at our facility right before sending it to you.

To further experiment, you can also try using other similar drip pourover equipment such as the Kalita Wave or the Chemex.

Happy brewing!

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