How to Brew V60 Filter Coffee
The V60 dripper was designed to be an improvement on the existing pour-over coffee brewing methods, such as the Melitta and Chemex, by incorporating a unique spiral design that allowed for a more even extraction of coffee. The V60 also has a larger opening at the bottom, which allows for a faster flow of water and helps to prevent over-extraction.
What is a V60 Filter Coffee Maker?
The Hario V60 is a pour-over coffee brewing method that was developed by the Japanese company, Hario, in 2004. The V60 dripper is named after its distinctive V-shape and 60-degree angle, which helps to create a consistent flow of water through the coffee grounds, resulting in a well-balanced cup of coffee.
Step-by-Step Guide to Making V60 Filter
Now that you know what a V60 is let’s dive into the steps of making coffee with one.
Step 1: Grind the Coffee Beans
The first step is to grind your coffee beans. For V60 coffee, you need a medium grind. You can use a burr grinder or a blade grinder, but make sure the grind is even and not too coarse. Measure out the desired amount of coffee beans (usually 15-20g) and grind them to a medium-fine consistency.
Step 2: Prepare The Filter and Paper
Start by boiling water in a kettle. Ideally, the temperature of the water should be between 90-96°C. Rinse the filter: Place the filter paper in the dripper and rinse it with hot water to remove any papery taste and to preheat the V60 dripper and mug. Add coffee to the dripper: Once the filter paper is rinsed and the V60 is preheated, discard the rinse water and add the ground coffee to the V60 dripper.
Step 3: Brew the Coffee
Bloom the coffee: Pour a small amount of hot water (about twice the weight of the coffee) over the ground coffee, allowing it to bloom and release gases for about 30 seconds. Pour the remaining water: Start pouring the hot water slowly over the ground coffee in a circular motion, making sure to wet all the grounds and pour the water in a consistent flow. The total brew time should be around 2-3 minutes.
Step 4: Serve and Enjoy
Once the coffee has finished dripping, remove the V60 dripper and discard the filter paper. Serve the coffee in your mug or server.
Tips and Tricks for Making the Best V60 Coffee
- Use freshly roasted coffee beans for the best flavor.
- Use a digital scale to measure the coffee and water accurately.
- Adjust the grind size to achieve the desired extraction time.
- Experiment with different water-to-coffee ratios to find your preferred taste.
- Use a pouring kettle with a narrow spout to control the flow of water and to avoid over-extracting the coffee.
Making V60 coffee is a simple and satisfying process that requires only a few basic tools and a bit of practice. With the right technique and attention to detail, you can create a delicious and flavorful cup of coffee that rivals those of your favorite coffee shops.