The V60 coffee brewing method is a coffee brewing technique that involves the use of a cone shaped coffee dripper, that is lined with filter paper.
Ground coffee is placed within this filter cone. To evenly extract the coffee, hot water should be poured in concentric circles over the grounds, after which the extracted coffee will pass through the filter and dripper, leaving only behind the used coffee grounds.
Among all the coffee brewing methods, the Hario V60 is considered a benchmark and produces a cup of coffee that is extremely clean.
It is very popular when used with single origin specialty coffee beans where the barista wishes to retain the more subtle and delicate flavours of the coffee. There are actually many consideration points in brewing a good cup of V60 coffee.
To understand more about the considerations that come with brewing V60 Coffee, check out this article.
Preparing to Brew V60 Coffee:
Before you begin the V60 coffee brewing process, it will be good to set aside the following items that you will need to use for this pour over coffee brewing method to produce 1 cup of coffee.
15gm to 17gm of ground coffee of your choice (click here to find out which coffee single origins work well as a V60 coffee)
1x V60 Dripper
1x V60 Filter Paper
1x Timed Weighing Scale (for measurement of brewing time and water volume)
1x Coffee Server (to collect the extracted coffee)
1x Spoon (to scoop coffee grounds - where applicable)
1x Hot Water Kettle (to pour hot water)
Here are some optional pieces of specialty equipment that are good to have but are not critical to the V60 Coffee brewing process.
A good quality coffee hand grinder is a great tool to have around to ensure that your coffee beans are ground just before brewing, thus maintaining maximum coffee freshness.
The gooseneck kettle is a specialised type of kettle with a curved spout that helps with controlling the water flow rate. While not all the pieces of equipment are mandatory to brew a V60 coffee, find out which pieces of coffee brewing equipment are more critical than others.
Coffee grinder (hand grinder / electric grinder) : Check out this article to find out how to grind your coffee to brew a V60 coffee.
Gooseneck kettle (at least 350ml in size)
Coffee scoop (some coffee scoops are sized to weigh out a certain amount of coffee grounds - which can be convenient)
Steps to Brew V60 Coffee:
Place the V60 dripper over a serving pot or directly over your coffee mug. Ensure that the serving pot or coffee mug has enough capacity to hold the volume of coffee you intend to brew.
Open up the filter paper and open it fully at the seam. Fold down along the seam to form a cone that slots nicely into the V60 dripper. Place the filter paper into the V60 dripper.
Wet the filter paper completely using hot water, and let the water drip into the serving pot. Swirl the hot water around the serving pot, and pour away the hot water.
Place the V60 dripper and serving pot onto the timed weighing scale and tare the scale so that it reads zero.
Add in your desired amount of coffee grounds based on your preference, using the weight shown on the scale as the guide. Give the coffee grounds in the V60 dripper a gentle shake to even out the coffee grounds.
Prepare your hot water kettle and keep it on standby. Water should be about 95 degrees celsius. Based on your preference, decide on a brewing ratio that you will be using. If you are unsure, 1 part coffee grounds to 15 parts of water is a good starting point.
Tare the scale again so that it reflects zero. When you are ready, start the timer, and pour in a small amount of hot water with the intention of wetting all the coffee grounds. The water volume at this point should not exceed 20% of the total volume of water (based on the brewing ratio you have decided).
Leave the wet coffee grounds to pre-infuse and release any gases that it may release. Leave for 30 seconds.
At the 30 second mark, begin pouring in hot water at a slow and steady pace. Pour in concentric circles starting from the middle of the coffee grounds, to achieve an even pour. You should be pouring at a speed that is fast enough that no part of the coffee grounds are exposed to air, but slow enough that the water does not overflow out of the filter.
Pour until your scale reflects your desired water volume, and stop.
Leave the V60 dripper to drip and drain out the extracted coffee.
As a guideline, we recommend that the entire brewing process takes no longer than 2 minutes. If there is still water left in the V60 dripper after 2 minutes, it is acceptable to allow it to drip up to 2.5 minutes.
Once completed, remove the V60 dripper and throw away the filter paper and used coffee grounds.
Give the coffee in the serving pot a good swirl before dispensing it your coffee mug.
All in all, there is a wide range of coffee brewing products that you can use to brew a good cup of coffee using the V60 brewing method. There is also a wide range of coffee that you can readily purchase online that will work well on a V60 dripper.
Check out our home page for a list of coffee makers other than the V60 coffee dripper, or drop us a message below for us to help you in your coffee search.
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