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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, home or campsite.

Here’s our step-by-step guide (or jump onto this guide’s Frequently Asked Questions):

Method for V60 01 (1 cup)V60 02 (2 cup)

✎: We recommend using a gooseneck kettle because it offers higher pouring precision. However, if you don’t have one, you can always use a standard one or literally any pouring source. Your coffee, your rules.

ℹ︎: If you don’t have a grinder, that’s OK! You can always use pre-ground coffee, though we recommend freshly ground because it does elevate the flavour of each brew.

♨︎: In our recipes, we measure water in grams because we use scales, and it’s easy to achieve precision this way. However, if you don’t have scales, the conversion is easy: 1g=1mL.

  1. Put the V60 on top of the mug/server, place the filter and rinse it.

    Rinsing with hot water saturates the filter and gets rid of the papery taste. Don’t forget to discard it thoughtfully before brewing.

  2. Grind 1530g of coffee and place inside the brewer.

    Gently shake to settle the grounds into a flat bed.

  3. Move everything on top of the scales, tare, and gently pour in 50100g of water just off the boil.

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

  4. Swirl or stir to make sure all the grounds are wet, start the timer and wait 45 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 250500g. 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 3.54 minutes (meaning the last drop should come through the filter at minute 3:304:00, from the start of the first pour.

  6. Give a good swirl or a gentle stir once the pour is complete.

    Stirring will help ensure all the grounds are evenly extracted.

  7. Swirl your server or mug, serve and enjoy!

    Swirling helps mix and aerate the brew.

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Show this guide’s Frequently Asked Questions. ↘︎

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)
4 minutes for a V60 2 cup, including a 100g pour for bloom + 2 x 200g pours (total 500g poured water)

My brew time is different 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.

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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