The Coffee V60 Method: Beginner’s Guide

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A lot of attention goes into every artist’s masterpiece. What often makes something so beautiful is the amount of time and effort that was put into it. This is true for paintings, structures, cuisine, and of course coffee preparation.

What’s the best way to prepare coffee? It is arguably the coffee V60 method, or more commonly known as the Hario V60. This method is meticulous work and gives a much higher degree of control over the outcome of coffee.

If you have never tried a well-prepared coffee using V60 method, then read on. We'll walk you through the steps and help you prepare the stuff needed.

Checklist: What You’ll Need

Hario V60 Coffee Dripper

A Hario V60 looks like a funnel attached to a platter. It can be made of glass, plastic, or ceramic.


Hario V60 Coffee Server

A coffee server is a container that holds the coffee after brewing. The Hario v60 Coffee Server is made of a Japanese heat-resistant glass, which makes it well suited for the job.


Coffee Filter

It is a conical paper filter that helps you maintain a sediment-free and full-flavored cup of coffee.

The Best Paper Coffee Filters: Your Complete Buying Guide

Check out our article on paper coffee filters for more info.


Pour-over Kettle

Using a pour-over kettle with gooseneck spout gives you the ability to control the flow of water. Control is necessary so that you neither over-extract nor under-extracting the coffee.


Scale

Having a kitchen scale ensures that you are using the right ratio of coffee to water.

Digital Kitchen Scale for Coffee V60 Method

The video below demonstrates a 1:15 ratio:


Medium-ground Coffee

Fresh ground coffee (medium grind) is required for the coffee V60 method. You can use any type of coffee bean. It all depends on your preference.

Medium Grind Coffee Beans for the Coffee V60 Method

Off the Boil Water

When water reaches boiling point, stop and let it rest for about 3-5 minutes. A temperature of 90-95 degrees Celsius is ideal.

Off the Boil Water for the Coffee V60 Method

How to Make Coffee Using the V60 Method

Step 1: Boil water.

Take the water out from the heat source once it boils and let it rest for 3-5 minutes. Leave it for a while and continue to the next step.

Step 2: Set up Hario V60.

Prepare the Hario V60 coffee dripper, coffee server, and the coffee filter.

Step 3: Rinse off the coffee filter.

At this point, the water should be slightly below the boiling point. Gently pour some water over the filter. This will rinse off sediments and prevent them from affecting the coffee's taste.

Step 4: Put the coffee grounds.

Put the ground coffee inside the filter. If you are following a 1.5 cup water measurement, then the amount of ground coffee should be about 4 tablespoons.

Step 5: Allow coffee to bloom.

Gently pour some water on the coffee grounds to make them wet. This will allow the coffee to bloom by releasing all the trapped air inside. Leave it for 30 seconds.

Step 6: Pour in the rest of the water.

Pour the rest of the water in a slow and circular motion. This process requires careful attention to prevent over extraction. Finally, allow all of the water to reach the coffee server.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Pat yourself on the back, sit back and relax while sipping a great cup of coffee.


Hario V60 Products

The coffee V60 method is truly a magnificent approach to extract the flavor of your coffee. Don't have a Hario V60 yet? Check out these products:

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Hario V60 Metal Coffee Dripper, VDM-02HSV

Hario V60 Coffee Dripper, VD-01T

Hario Metal Coffee Dripper, VDM-02CP

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