Hario V60 Guide

The Hario V60 is a cone-shaped dripper with spiraled ridges along the inside walls. These ridges keep the paper filter from attaching to the walls which encourages a smooth extraction at the bottom of the cone. The act of brewing coffee with a V60 requires some practice and isn’t as forgiving as some other brew methods, but the result is very rewarding.


Thorough:

  • Measurements: 20g coffee, 300g water ( 10.5 oz)
  • Grind: Medium
  • Filter: Hario V60 or Melitta #4

1. Bring enough water to just below a boil (~200° F / ~93° C ) in order to brew the coffee and pre-heat the V60 / decanter.

2. Weight out 20 grams of coffee and grind it medium.

3. Place the V60 and filter on top of the decanter of your choice.

4. Pour some hot water around the paper filter, eliminating any paper taste and pre-heating the V60 and the decanter, then throw the water out - you only want brewed coffee in your final drink.

4. Place the coffee grounds into the V60 filter and give it a shake for even distribution.

5. Pour just enough water to saturate the grounds evenly (about 30 grams) and rest for 30 seconds or however long it takes for the bloom to discontinue.

6. Pour the remaining water continuously and evenly onto the grounds and in a circular fashion, moving inward and outward within the circle. The coffee level should rise just above the grounds. Finish the pouring by 1:40.

7. Be careful not the pour the water directly on to the filter at any point and try to maintain a constant volume of water throughout the entire process.

8. After the coffee has drained into the decanter by 2:30, you should be able to see consistent walls of grounds with an even bed toward the bottom of the cone.

9. Trash the filter with grounds, give the V60 a quick rinse, enjoy.


Minimal:

  • 20g coffee, 300g water
  • Grind: Medium
  • Filter: Hario V60

1. 30g bloom for 30s

2. 270g continuous pour, finish by 1:40

3. Finish draining by 2:30



Variations:

1. Pouring the final 20 grams of water directly in the center may improve final extraction and walls.

2. Making a small divot in the center of the grounds before pouring any water may also help you achieve beautiful walls.


Common Problems:

1. If your walls are constantly too thin or inconsistent in size, try limiting your pour to the center of the cone.

2. Don’t leave the V60 and filter sitting on top of the decanter for long after brewing. The drops of water that get stuck in the grounds will find their way to the cup eventually and be way over-extracted.