When friends ask me how they can start making pour/over coffee, I always recommend using the Hario V60.
A trusted brewing device for coffee lovers, the Hario V60 is very easy to use. Trust me, if you know the basic V60 recipe, you’ll always get a great cup that highlights each bean’s unique flavors and notes through a clean and balanced brew with fruit-like acidity.
So if you’re a newbie or looking to improve your brew, then read on for an easy coffee recipe using the Hario V60.
What is a Hario V60?
The Hario V60 is a pour-over coffee maker named after its V-shaped conical dripper with a 60° angle. Like other pour-over methods, it involves pouring water on a bed of ground coffee on the cone while the coffee drink drips underneath into a mug or carafe.
The resulting drink is a clean and bright brew that emphasizes the beans’ unique flavor notes.
Originating from Japan, this brewer quickly gained popularity around the world due to its simple design and ability to produce a high-quality cup of coffee. It is now commonly used by baristas and home brewers alike because it allows for complete control over every aspect of the brewing process.
Since the dripper is also separate from the carafe, it is also more portable and space-saving than the Chemex.
Equipment & Ingredients Used for Hario V60
Here are the things that you will need to make a delicious cup of joe with the Hario V60:
- Spoon – Used for measuring and scooping out ground coffee.
- Scale – Important in measuring both the amount of coffee grounds and water. If you’re looking for a reliable scale, check out my review of the Timemore Black Mirror Basic Plus.
- Timer – Helps in controlling timing during the brewing process. All barista scales have built-in timers.
- Kettle – Used to heat your water.
- Hario V60 dripper – Where you place the filter paper and coffee while brewing. The 02 size is the most common for coffee lovers to use.
- 26 grams of ground coffee – Use high-quality grounds with a medium grind size.
- V60 filter paper – It fits into the brewing cone and is made from unbleached natural pulp material without any chemical substances.
- Around 400 g of heated water – The temperature should range between 195°F and 205°F.
What is the best V60 ratio?
The go-to coffee-to-water ratio with a V60 dripper is 1:15, where for every 1 gram of coffee, you use 15 grams of water. You may notice that this ratio is a bit lower than the Magic Cup ratio of 16:66, but it yields better coffee.
Step-by-Step Guide to Making Hario V60
Follow this step-by-step Hario V60 brew guide to make a delicious cup of coffee:
1. Insert the V60 filter into the brewer cone.
- Fold the seam of the V60 filter and open it up.
- Place it inside your brewer cone which must sit on top of your carafe.
2. Rinse the paper filter.
- Pour a small amount of hot water into the filter to remove any papery taste.
- Empty the carafe of the rinsing water.
3. Prepare your coffee ground.
- Weigh 26 g of coffee ground to medium grind size.
- Place it inside the V60 brewer.
4. Pour a little water for blooming.
- Zero out your scale with the brewer on top.
- Add hot water at 40g to saturate the grounds and let sit for about 40 seconds to bloom.
5. Add the rest of the water.
- Slowly add more water to the coffee bed using concentric circle motions.
- Avoid pouring outside the rim or filter area to avoid a papery taste. It may also cause excess water to flow down the side of the V60, without extracting the coffee.
6. Stop pouring at 340 g.
- When you reach 340 grams of liquid ounces, stop pouring the water.
7. Stir the grounds and wait for the drawdown.
- Gently swirl the grounds a little bit with a spoon to ensure an even extraction.
- Wait for around two minutes and thirty seconds for the drawdown to finish.
8. Remove the filter and serve.
- Once complete, remove the dripper and filter paper.
- Pour into your mug and serve.
Barista Tips for Making Coffee with The Hario V60
Here are some additional tips to help you brew a perfect cup with the Hario V60 every time:
- Use medium grind coffee as a rule of thumb. To troubleshoot a weak cup, try a finer grind size. If the coffee drips too slowly though, try a coarser grind.
- Use filtered water whenever possible to ensure that you can enjoy a purely flavored cup of coffee when you brew. The V60 coffee filter works best for this recipe.
- Choose high-quality beans and use a grinder to grind them yourself if you can just before brewing to ensure the maximum freshness of your coffee grounds.
- Be mindful not to use boiling water. This may scorch the coffee, leading to an overly bitter flavor profile.
- Don’t forget the blooming process. This allows those delicious gases and oils inside the beans to escape into the aroma of your freshly brewed coffee.
- Try other recipes. If you feel like you’ve mastered the basics of the V60, you can take things up a notch by trying award-winning recipes with this dripper, such as the 4:6 Method by Tetsu Kasuya and the Five Pour recipe of Matt Winton.
Final Thoughts on The V60
Now you can start your Hario V60 journey with this easy recipe. With just a few tools and ingredients, you can enjoy the unique flavors and aromas that each bean has to offer through this pour over brewing method. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different grinds or water temperatures until you find your perfect combination.
Remember, making good coffee with the V60 is all about precision and consistency in measurements as well as patience during the brewing process. But this doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate its ritualistic side. So take your time when preparing your brew and enjoy every second.
How did you like the recipe? Let me know in a comment below!