How to make the best pour over coffee with the Hario V60
What you need to make a V60 pour over
Hario V60 dripper, size 2
Hario V60 paper coffee filter, size 2
Kettle to boil your water
Hario V60 server, size 2
Barista scale for weighing the amount of ground coffee (dose) for V60 brewing and weighing the amount of brewed coffee (yield)
Amount of coffee for V60: 15.6g of freshly roasted filter coffee
Grind size for V60: medium to fine grind
Amount of water for V60: 250ml of water
Coffee grinder (hand grinder or automatic coffee grinder)
Hario V60 pour over brewing instructions for humans
Step #1: Which paper filter should you use when making a V60 pour over?
The Hario V60 dripper comes in different sizes: 1 cup, 2 cup and 3 cup. Conveniently, the Hario V60 coffee paper filter also comes in matching sizes. For example, for a V60 2 cup dripper choose the filter size 02.
Step #2: Rinse the paper filter
Fold the paper filter at its seam and place it in the dripper. Place the dripper over your server and rinse the filter with hot water. Why? It eliminates any papery taste, helps the paper filter to fit snugly into the dripper and pre-heats the server. Make sure to empty the server before you start brewing.
Step #3: What is the best coffee for your V60 pour over coffee?
When deciding which coffee beans to use for your V60 pour over consider:
- Coffee freshness. Use freshly roasted coffee beans. Your coffee beans will taste best between 4 days and 6 weeks after the roasting date. Over time coffee loses its flavours. Specialty coffee roasters typically display the roasting date.
- Fresh grinding: For V60 pour over brewing at home or at the office, use freshly roasted coffee beans and grind them using a simple hand grinder or an automatic coffee grinder. If you do not have a grinder (and your birthday is not coming up anytime soon), you can always order your freshly roasted coffee pre-ground with us.
- Roast type: Should you use an espresso roast or a filter roast for V60 coffee?
Filter roasted coffee is lighter than coffee roasted for espresso. They it displays more acidity in the cup and has a lighter mouthfeel. Espresso roasts are roasted a little longer to increase the body (mouthfeel) of the coffee. As specialty coffee roasters we find a perfect balance in our espresso roasts which preserve flavour profiles, balance acidity, sweetness, and a bigger mouthfeel without bitter and burnt notes. Well, where do you go from here? If you are after a lighter V60 pour over coffee and brighter acidity, try a filter roast. If you are after a balanced cup with slightly more mouthfeel, choose our espresso roasts.
Compare the pair: Try our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Aricha filter roast for your V60 pour over and also try our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Aricha espresso roast for your V60 coffee brewing. Either way, you will not be disappointed.
Step #4: Coffee amount - How much coffee do you need when making a V60 pour over?
How much coffee do you need for your V60 pour over? Well, this depends on the V60 cup size and how much coffee you want to brew. For a V60 2 cup dripper and 250ml of brewing water, we suggest you use 15.6g. This equates to 1g of coffee per 16ml of water or 6.25g of coffee per 100ml. This ratio allows you to adjust the amount of coffee you need for V60 coffee brewing given an amount of brewing water. For example, how much coffee do you need for:
200ml brewed coffee: 6.25g x 2 = 12.5g
250ml brewed coffee: 6.25g x 2.5 = 15.6
300ml brewed coffee: 6.25g x 3 = 18.75g
400ml brewed coffee: 6.25g x 4 = 25g
500ml brewed coffee: 6.25g x 5 = 31.25
Step #5: Coffee grinding - Which grind size is best for your V60?
We suggest a medium to find grind size when brewing with the V60. Fill the grinder with coffee beans and start grinding. If you are using a hand grinder, this is a great workout to start your day!!
Now transfer the ground coffee into your rinsed V60 paper filter. You want the coffee ground sitting nice and flat in the filter. Place your server, with V60 dripper, filter and coffee on a scale and tare.
Step #6: @0:00 Start adding water
In the meantime bring your kettle to the boil and then let it sit for a minute or so. A perfect water temperature for V60 coffee brewing is around 94 degrees.
Now you are ready to start brewing. Pour some water over the coffee, just enough to evenly saturate the coffee without too much water dripping through – about 30ml, this is double the weight of the ground coffee we are using to brew 250ml. You will see bubbles on top of the wet coffee bed emerging. This process is called ‘coffee bloom’ and starts the chemical reaction which removes gases from the coffee.
Step #7: @ 0:30 - Continue adding water
After 30 seconds, keep adding water to the coffee bed by slowly pouring in circles from the inside out. Make sure not to overfill the filter. Repeat until the scale measures 250g.
Step #8: @ 3:00 - Sit back, relax and enjoy
Well done! You made a delicious pour over using the Hario V60.
And remember it is all about YOUR taste buds and you are sitting in the driver’s seat brewing the cup you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Getting started with pour-over brewing?
Check out our pour-over coffee set which got everything you need to get started on your brewing journey: 3 x 100g filter coffee and the popular Hario Mini dripper set.
Psssst: Some handy tips when brewing your pour over with the Hario V60
Which Hario V60 size should you use? You may have noticed, the Hario V60 range comes in different sizes: 1 cup, 2 cup and 3 cup design. The 2 cup design can easily brew 1 – 4 cups in a single session.
You don’t have a grinder? Simply order pre-ground coffee selecting a fine to medium grind size.
You don’t have a scale?
For measuring the dose (ground coffee) coffee simply use a measuring spoons. 1 level tablespoon of fine to medium ground coffee is approximately 7g and 1 level teaspoon equates to approximately 2g of coffee. If you are using the Hario V60 measurement spoon, it measures 8g, 10g and 12g.
For measuring the yield (brewed coffee), use a measuring cup. Fill it up to the level of water you want to brew, for example 250ml. Transfer the water into your favourite mug and see to what level 250ml equates.
Experiment with the coffee grind size to brew coffee that is not just delicious, but exactly to your taste. The grind size of your coffee determines the surface area and contact time between coffee and water. More finely ground coffee provides more extraction, slows down the flow and increases the total brewing time which may result in some bitterness in the cup. So, if your pour over tastes a bit too bitter, simply opt for a little coarser grind setting. If your pour over tastes a bit too sour, simply go a bit finer in your grind setting.