The Hario V60
The Hario V60 has become commonplace in specialty coffee shops worldwide. With its relatively small size, the V60 gives baristas maximum control over a single serving pour over.
Unlike the horizontal ones in the Kalita Wave, the Hario V60 utilizes spiraled grooves to extract the coffee. Also, a flat-bottomed #2 filter will be of no use unless you enjoy origami to fit your filter in place. Instead, the V60 uses a cone shaped #2 filter. This can be a bit of an inconvenience considering most grocers don’t carry a “specialty item” like cone filters.
Here are a few tips on dialing in the perfect pour over.
Fill the kettle with filtered water and bring to a boil. Don’t worry about measuring in this step.
While water is boiling weigh out the coffee. The coffee to water ratio is 1:16 for V60. I use 21g of coffee for a 12oz serving.
Fold your filter and place inside the V60. Rest the filter on top of a mug on a scale. Bottom to top: Scale, Mug, V60, Filter.
Once the water is close to boil remove from heat and rinse the filter. This will remove the undesirable paper taste and warm your coffee vessel. Put your kettle back on the heat and bring to a full boil.
While water is boiling, grind the beans using the medium-fine setting and dump into the V60. Tap the side of the V60 to settle the ground coffee. After, use your finger to create a basin in the grinds for the bloom to begin.
Don’t forget to dump the water in your mug from your filter rinse before this step. Place your mug back on the scale with the V60/Coffee set on top. Tear your scale and remove the kettle from the heat source. Begin by pouring into the center basin and saturating all of your grounds. Water weight should be about double that of the coffee (42g). Allow blooming for 15-20 seconds.
Begin to slowly pour in a circular motion over top of the grinds. Avoid hitting the outer edge of the filter. The water should always be coming in contact with the coffee-not filter. The filter should be almost completely filled with coffee.
Once you reach 12 oz (336g) stop pouring. Take your spoon and gently stir the grinds. Allow the remaining liquid to filter through until you are left with a bed of extracted grinds.
Remove the V60 from the vessel and discard the paper filter. Rinse under water to remove any coffee. Enjoy.