Step-by-Step Guide for the Hario V60 - Driftaway Coffee

Step-by-Step Guide for the Hario V60

The Hario V60 is a beautiful and simple manual pour-over. Designed to be placed on top of a cup or carafe, it’s ideal for coffee drinks who normally brew between 1 and 3 cups of coffee at a time. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make delicious coffee with the Hario V60.

Step 1: Get the Necessary Equipment

To brew coffee with the Hario V60, you’ll need a:

  • Hario V60
  • coffee cup, beaker or carafe
  • gooseneck kettle
  • kitchen scale
  • filter made for the Hario V60
  • timer

Of course, you’ll also need coffee and water. We generally recommend using a ratio of 30 grams of coffee per 500 grams of water, which is enough for two 8-ounce cups of coffee. If you’re using more or less water, adjust your coffee accordingly.

When making coffee with the Hario V60, however, you should add 300 grams onto the water you’ll be brewing with. For instance, if you’re making two 8-ounce cups, measure out 800 grams of water (500 grams for brewing and 300 grams extra. The extra water is for prepping the filter.

Step 2: Heat the Water

Once you have all the supplies you need, heat the water. The ideal brewing temperature is anywhere from 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3: Grind the Coffee

While the water is warming up, grind the coffee. Use a medium-coarse grind, so the coffee has the coarseness of sea salt.

Step 4: Prep the Filter

Prepare the filter by placing it in the Hario V60, and putting the Hario V60 on your cup or carafe. Pour the extra 300 grams of water you have so that the entire filter becomes damp. This will both remove any paper taste from your filter and warm up your brewing apparatus.

After the filter is damp, dump out the excess water.

Step 5: Let the Coffee Bloom

At this point, you’re ready to begin brewing. Place the coffee in the filter, and use about 25 to 30 grams of water to get the grounds dampen. If you’re using freshly roasted coffee (which you should use), you’ll see carbon dioxide bubble up from the grounds. This is the “bloom.” Let the grounds bloom for 30 to 40 seconds before continuing to brew your coffee.

Step 6: Begin Pouring for 1 Minute

When the bloom subsides, begin pouring the rest of the water. In the first minute, you should use half of your water. As you pour, go in concentric circles, starting in the middle and slowly working outwards.

Step 7: Pour for 2 More Minutes

After one minute of pouring, slow your rate of pour so that you’ll be done pouring water at 3 minutes. If you’re brewing with 500 grams of water, a rate of about 75 grams per 30 seconds should be good.

Step 8: Let the Coffee Finish Dripping

Once you’re done pouring, let the coffee finish dripping. It should slow in a few minutes, at which point your brew is ready.

Step 9: Sip and Enjoy

Now that your coffee is ready, sip and enjoy. What notes do you notice that the Hario V60 brought out?

Use Freshly Roasted Coffee

To make sure your brew always tastes great, use only freshly roasted coffee. If you don’t have freshly roasted beans, we’ll be happy to deliver fresh coffee to you.

Author Scott

Scott is a professional writer for Driftaway Coffee. He worked as a barista for eight years, but today prefers to enjoy his beverages from the other side of the counter. When not drinking Driftaway Coffee, Scott usually has a mug of his own roasted coffee nearby.

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