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How to Brew It: Hario V60 Pour Over Method

Our absolute favorite way to brew single cups of coffee is the Hario V60 Pour Over brewing method.  This brewer produces excellent, clean cups of coffee that we have total control over.  

We're excited to share with you an instructional video on how to brew coffee using the Hario V60 Pour Over method, as well as a step-by-step guide below.  Have fun and enjoy!

Equipment Needed

  • Hario V60 Pour Over brewer
  • V60 Paper Filters
  • 25 grams of whole bean coffee
  • Gooseneck Kettle
  • Scale with timer

Step 1

Place a V60 filter in the V60 brewer, making sure to fold the filter along the crease towards the bottom.

Step 2

Bring your water to a temperature between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. If your kettle does not have a thermometer, just bring the water to a boil and wait about 30 seconds before pouring.

Once the desired temperature is reached, pour the water on the filter, making sure to get it completely wet.  The reason for doing this is to a) remove the paper taste from the filter and b)to ensure your receptacle remains hot for your coffee.

Step 3

Grind 25 grams of coffee to a medium or medium fine consistency, similar to table salt. Place the ground coffee in the V60, making sure to flatten the coffee bed. 

With a (clean) finger or the handle of a spoon, create a divot in the center of the coffee bed.  We do this to ensure the water hits all surface area of the coffee.

Step 4: The Bloom

Pour your water onto the coffee grounds, ensuring all grounds are saturated. Make sure you start your timer as soon as the water hits the grounds.

Once finished pouring, let the coffee bloom for 30 to 45 seconds from when you started your timer.

Step 5

Once the Bloom has ended, start pouring more water onto the grounds in a clockwise motion, starting from the center and going outward, then back in.  The key is to again make sure you are wetting all of the grounds to promote even extraction.

Pour until you reach at least 375 grams of water. If that is too strong, you can add more water.  

Step 6

When you are done pouring, give the V60 a swirl or take a spoon and scrape the grounds remaining on the filter into the coffee and give it a couple of stirs.  Around 1:45 into the brew, give the coffee another stir to ensure the coffee bed is flat. Once all the water is drained, your coffee bed should be flat and have a consistency of wet sand.

The total brew time should be somewhere between 2 and 3 minutes. The longer the brew takes, the stronger the coffee will likely taste. 

Step 7

Enjoy!

Troubleshooting

  • If your coffee brews quicker than 2 minutes, try making the grind finer.  If it takes substantially longer than 3 minutes and the coffee bed looks like mud, you probably need to grind the beans a bit coarser.
  • If the coffee tastes lifeless and bland, try using less water or grinding the beans finer.  If the coffee tastes bitter, try grinding it a bit coarser.