Hario V60 filter coffee guide
The Hario V60 has become one of the most popular filter brewing methods around due to it's low cost and ease of use. A plastic V60 with filter papers costs under £10 and when paired with a good grinder and pouring kettle it's capable of excellent results. We recommend the larger V60 02 as it works well for single and double size cups of coffee.
Step 1: Grind 20 grams of coffee using a medium grind setting. The grinder should be a bit more coarse than a cafetiere grind but a lot less fine than an espresso grind.
Step 2: Place your filter paper into the V60 and rinse. Once rinsed tip your coffee into the V60.
Step 3: Place a cup of coffee server on top of a set of scale. Place the V60 on the cup or server and tare the scales so that they read zero.
Step 4: It's best to use a pouring kettle with a thin spout so that you can control the flow of water while pouring. The Hario pouring kettle is ideal for this. Start your timer and slowly pour 50 grams of water to saturate the ground coffee. Allow the coffee to absorb the water for 20 seconds.
Step 5: Pour with a slow steady circular motion to ensure the coffee extracts evenly. Continue pouring until the scales read 300 grams. Aim for this to be completed by about 2 minutes.
Step 6: Allow the water to filter through. Ideally a flat bed of coffee should remain in the filter. If the coffee grounds are uneven or remain in a V shape then the extraction is likely to be uneven. Next time try pouring a bit slower or use a finer grind. Remove the V60 and enjoy!
Like with any brew method it is important to taste and evaluate the results. If the water was very slow to filter though and the coffee tastes bitter and strong it's likely the grind was too fine so try using a coarse grind. If the water filters through quickly and the brew tastes weak or sour the grind was probably too coarse. Experimentation is essential and every coffee is slightly different.