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How to brew Hario V60

The essential pour-over method

Hario’s V60 brewer is probably the poster-child for pour-over brewing and third-wave coffee. Easy to learn but with a whole range of variations, it’s the method you’re most likely to see in your favourite brew bar or cafe.

Jump to V60 brewing FAQs or follow our method depending on your brewer size:

Method for 1 cup for 2 cups

  1. Put filter paper into your V60, and place it on top of your mug or server. Rinse the paper with hot water, then discard the water—don’t forget to give it a second use!

    Rinsing gets rid of the paper taste, and also pre-warms the brewer and mug or server.

  2. Grind 15g (for 1 cup) 30g (for 2 cups) of coffee and place it in the filter.

    Gently tap the V60 on the bench to settle the grounds into a flat bed. You’ll need a slightly more coarse grind when brewing with 30g for 2 cups.

  3. Gently pour in 50g (for 1 cup) 50g (for 2 cups) of water, just off the boil.

    Your water should be around 96°C. If you don’t have a temperature-controlled kettle, leave your water for a minute or two once it’s boiled and you’ll be close.

    It helps to pour the water in a circular pattern from the outside of the filter towards the centre.

  4. Stir to make sure all the grounds are wet, and wait 30 seconds.

    This initial wait is called the bloom and gives time for the gasses trapped in the coffee to escape.

  5. Gently pour in more water until you’ve added a total of 250g (for 1 cup) 500g (for 2 cups). Pour using a circular motion.

    Pour each new batch of water in gently, trying not to disturb the coffee grounds too much. Aim for a total brew time of 3.5 minutes (meaning the last drop should come through the filter at minute 3:30, from the start of the first pour.Pour each new batch of water in gently, trying not to disturb the coffee grounds too much. Aim for a total brew time of 4 minutes (meaning the last drop should come through the filter at minute 4:00, from the start of the first pour.

  6. Gently stir again once the pour is complete.

    Stirring will help ensure all the grounds are evenly extracted.

  7. Swirl your server or mug, then enjoy!

    Swirling helps mix and aerate the brew.





V60 FAQs

What grind size do you recommend? +

Giving tips for brew sizes is always a sticky topic, as there’s so much variation between grinder brands and models—it sometimes isn’t even consistent within the exact same machines. Our advice would be to experiment and adjust depending on your results, using the total brewing time as target.

This means that your grind size should be adjusted to aim for a total of:
~3.5 minutes for a 1 cup V60, including a 50g pour for bloom + 2 x 100g pours (total 250g poured water)
or
4 minutes for a V60 2 cup, including a 50g pour for bloom + 2 x 225g pours (total 500g poured water)

My brew time is shorter than recommended. What should I do? +

If the total brew time is shorter, this means the coffee is too coarse and you should grind it a bit finer. Keep adjusting so it gets closer to the recommended total brew time.

My brew time is longer than recommended. What should I do? +

If the total brew time is longer, this means the coffee is too fine and you should grind it a bit coarser. Keep adjusting so it gets closer to the recommended total brew time.


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