How-to: Hario V60 Brewing Method Guide

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We will be going over the Hario V60 Brewing Method and how to make a perfect pour-over. This method is great for those who enjoy brewing coffee on their own. The Hario V60 has become popular in recent years and it’s easy to see why: this simple technique produces an excellent cup of coffee with very little fuss!  We’ll cover what you need, how to brew your perfect cup, and some tips along the way. Let’s get started!

1. What is the Hario V60 Brewing Method?

The Hario V60 is a simple pour-over method for brewing coffee. It’s a cone shaped brewer made of glass, plastic, or ceramic that sits on top of your coffee mug to produce an excellent cup of coffee. The Hario V60 consists of three parts: the dripper, the filter, and the server.

To use this method you simply place your paper filter inside the dripper, add ground coffee until it just covers the filter (~14 grams), pour water over the grounds in a wet spiral pattern (example pictured below), and watch as your coffee drip through! The result is a well balanced cup with no metallic or overly bitter flavors like cheaper brewers can produce.

2. How to use the Hario V60 

The first thing you need to do is place your filter inside the Hario V60 and rinse it with hot water. This will help get rid of any papery or paper taste and preheat your brewer for use. Once you’re done rinsing, flip the filter inside out so that the shiny side is facing up (pictured).

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You want to do this so that when you pour in your water, it doesn’t slip between the filter and easily extract all of the coffee flavor before brewing even starts – making your cup bitter. The next step is to add ground coffee (~14 grams) into the center of the clean wet paper filter.

After adding grounds, there should be a small pile approximately 1″ high by 1″ wide (~14 grs). If your filter isn’t wet enough, you can rinse it again with some hot water.

3. The Benefits of Using a Hario V60

The benefits of using a Hario V60 are two fold. First, the simple design ensures even coffee extraction while also providing some delicious coffee flavours. The spiral pour pattern evenly distributes water over your grounds – which aids in an even extraction and prevents any dry pockets or under-extracted areas (which often lead to metallic tasting cups). The second benefit of this pour-over is that it can produce a clean cup without any burnt or bitter flavours. This is due to the simple design and the fact there are no moving parts – which means nothing can break, making it perfect for travel!

4. Tips for Brewing with a Hario V60 

Tip #1 – Bloom the Coffee

One of the best things about using a Hario V60 is how easy it is to manipulate your brew. The first step entails “blooming” your coffee. This simply means pouring a small amount of water over your grounds until they are fully saturated with water (~30 grams).

Once you’re done, pour the rest of your water in a circular motion making sure to go back and forth between pouring and stirring 3-5 times. This step ensures that all of your grounds are evenly wet – which will help with an even extraction.

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Tip #2 – Pouring Technique

When it comes down to it there’s really only one rule when it comes to pouring your water, and that’s making sure not to pour directly onto the filter paper. To avoid this I recommend using a long spout kettle (pictured).

If you don’t have one of these, just remember that when pouring into the dripper you want to do so in a circular motion – going in a counter-clockwise direction with 30 grams of water (~1 ounce), then another clockwise direction with remaining water. This ensures an even extraction while also creating a delicious cup!

Tip #3 – Grind Size

Lastly, if you’re new here or looking for more coffee recipes be sure check out our free eBook: The Coffee Brewing Guide It outlines everything from grinding techniques + ratios all the way to recommended brew times for different coffee methods. While you’re at it, check out our full selection of Hario V60 accessories including the filters , perfect dripper , and server .

5. FAQs about the Harios V60 Brewing Method

Q: Why does my coffee taste too weak?
A : If your cup appears to be lighter than usual, it probably means you’ve extracted less coffee because of over-pouring. To fix this problem, try reducing the amount of water you use or set a flat bottomed measuring cup on top of your dripper before pouring. By doing so you’ll slow down extraction and create a more balanced cup!

Q: Why is my coffee bitter?
A: There are multiple reasons why your cup could be tasting too bitter, but most likely it’s because either the grind size is wrong or there isn’t enough water going through the V60. Although both techniques produce great results, they require two entirely different grind sizes – which must be addressed.

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Without trying each, it’s impossible to know which one you’re doing wrong – so be sure to try both! If your cup is still tasting bitter despite using a good grinder and good technique, a possible reason why would be a lack of freshness or old coffee. Whenever possible we recommend buying small amounts of whole bean coffee from retail stores that roast on the same day.

Q: My V60 won’t hold water?
A: If your filter holder isn’t holding water properly it could be because the seal between the cone + base isn’t as tight as it should be – causing grounds to seep through. In this case simply tighten the seal by twisting the cone onto the bottom 1/8th-1/4 turn.

If tightening the seal doesn’t solve your problem it may be because, over time, parts of your V60 have worn down. To fix this issue simply replace the parts that are missing or broken.

Conclusion 

This is a step-by-step guide on how to brew coffee with the Hario V60 Brewing Method, for those who have been wondering. We hope you enjoy your new favorite way of brewing coffee! If you want a little more information on this or any other brewing methods that we offer at our store, just let us know and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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