Making a great cup of coffee using the Hario V60 method involves precision and patience. This pour-over method highlights the flavors of your coffee beans while allowing you to control various brewing factors.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to brewing a delicious cup of coffee with the Hario V60:
Ingredients and Equipment:
Fresh, high-quality coffee beans (medium grind)
Hario V60 dripper
V60 paper filter
A coffee mug
Burr grinder (if your coffee isn’t pre-ground)
Hot water (just off boiling, around 200°F or 93°C)
Stirring stick or spoon
Prepare the Equipment: Place the V60 paper filter in the dripper and set it on top of your coffee mug.
Rinse the paper filter with hot water to remove any paper taste and preheat the dripper and mug. Discard the rinse water.
Measure Coffee: Weigh out your coffee grounds. A general guideline is to use a 1:15 coffee-to-water ratio. For example, if you’re using 20 grams of coffee, you’ll need 300 grams of water.
Grind the Coffee: Grind your coffee beans to a medium coarseness, similar to sea salt. Adjust the grind size based on your taste preferences.
Bloom Phase: Start your timer and pour enough hot water (about twice the weight of the coffee, e.g., 40g of water for 20g of coffee) to saturate the coffee grounds evenly.
Allow the coffee to “bloom” for about 30 seconds. During this time, the coffee will release gas, causing it to puff up. This prepares the grounds for even extraction.
Pour in Stages: After the bloom, slowly and steadily pour the remaining hot water in a circular motion over the coffee grounds. Pour in stages, keeping the water level just above the coffee bed.
Maintain a consistent flow of water, trying to pour around the center and avoid the edges of the coffee bed.
Aim to complete the pour in about 2.5 to 3 minutes. Adjust the pour rate to achieve this.
Control the Brew Time: The total brew time, from the start of the pour to the last drop, should be around 3 minutes for most coffees. Adjust this time to your taste by changing the grind size and pour rate.
Serve and Enjoy: Once the water has dripped through, remove the dripper, and enjoy your fresh cup of coffee.
Remember that the Hario V60 method may take some practice to perfect. The grind size, water temperature, and pour technique can all be adjusted to tailor your coffee to your taste preferences. Experiment and enjoy the process as you discover the nuances of different coffee beans and brewing methods.