Get brewing with the Hario V60
What you need for brewing your V60 at home
- Hario V60 dripper, size 2
- Hario V60 paper coffee filter, size 2
- Kettle to boil your water
- Hario V60 server, size 2
- Scale for weighing your ground coffee (dose) and weighing the amount of brewed coffee (yield)
- 15.6g of freshly roasted coffee
- 250ml of water
- Coffee grinder (hand grinder or automatic coffee grinder)
V60 brewing instructions for humans
Step #1: Rinse your paper filter
Fold the V60 paper filter at its seams and place it in the V60 dripper. Place the dripper over your server and now start rinsing 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 server before you start brewing.
Step #2: Use freshly roasted coffee
For brewing your own coffee at home, use freshly roasted whole 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.
Step #3: Weigh your coffee
Now, how much coffee do you need? Well, this depends on how much coffee you want to brew. We suggest 15.6g of coffee for brewing 250ml. This equates to 1gram of coffee per 16ml of water or 6.25g of coffee per 100ml.
Step #4: Grind your coffee to a fine to medium grind size
For the Hario V60, use a medium - fine grind. 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 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 #5: @ 0:00 minutes - Start adding water
In the meantime bring your kettle to the boil and then let it sit for a minute or so. If you have a kettle which reads the water temperate, set the temperature to around 96 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 #6: @ 0:30 minutes - 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 #7: @ 3:00 minutes - Sit back, relax and enjoy
Well done! You have brewed a delicious pour over.
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.
Psssst: Some handy tips when brewing with the Hario V60
Which Hario V60 size should you use? You may have noticed, the Hario V60 range comes in different designs: 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.