Do you want to brew your coffee by hand in the future and have you just bought the Hario V60 coffee filter holder? Now you might be wondering how you can get the most out of coffee taste with this preparation method? Then you are exactly right here. We’ll show you how you should proceed step by step when preparing filter coffee with the Hario V60.
Hario V60 preparation – step by step instructions
Our basic recipe: We pour 500 ml of water onto 32.5 g of freshly ground coffee beans. We pour 500 ml of water completely within approx. 2 min 30 seconds so that the extraction is completely completed after approx. 3 min 30 seconds.
- Step 1: Weigh the coffee beans : For 500 ml of water, we recommend using 32.5 g of coffee. For 1 liter of water, there is therefore about 65 g of coffee.
- Step 2: moisten the paper filter : Insert the paper filter into the Hario V60 porcelain filter and moisten it with hot water so that the flavors in the paper are removed.
- Step 3: Put the coffee grounds in the filter: Grind the coffee beans just before brewing and put the ground coffee in the paper filter.
- Step 4: moisten the coffee grounds: The ground coffee is moistened with hot water (92 – 94 ° Celsius). You should pour about twice as much water on the coffee as the powder weighs (with 32.5 g ground coffee, approx. 65 g water).
- Step 5: 30 seconds pre-brewing (“Blooming”)
The process of pre-brewing is known in specialist circles as “blooming”. In the blooming phase, the ground coffee swells (“blossoms”). This causes carbon dioxide to escape from the coffee. The finished coffee will later taste softer and fuller. If the coffee does not swell, this is a sign that the coffee is no longer fresh.
- Step 6: stir while blooming
To ensure that all of the coffee grounds are moistened during the blooming phase, you can gently stir the moist powder with a spoon.
- Step 7: continue pouring in water
After the 30-second blooming phase, you need to add more water. It is best to always pour directly onto the coffee using a thin stream of water in slow circular movements. You should pour all of the coffee carefully and evenly. Please do not pour onto the filter walls, as this will cause water to pass the coffee powder without extracting coffee.
- Step 8: stir again
When you have poured water up to about 2-3 cm below the filter edge, you have to stir gently again. Stirring prevents coffee from sticking to the edge.
- Step 9: Pour water regularly
The coffee-water solution is kept at the right level by regular topping up with slow, even circular movements. This process is repeated until the required amount of water (here: 500 ml) is reached.
- Step 10: extraction finished
When you have poured 500 ml of water in 2 – 3 minutes, the coffee extraction should be finished. The remaining coffee grounds should look dry and the surface should be relatively flat.
- Step 11: stir
Before drinking, stir the coffee briefly or swivel the coffee pot.
- Step 12: Pour in and let cool down briefly
Now you can pour in your freshly prepared pour-over coffee. It is best to wait a moment before you drink. Then the fine fruit acids come out better.
Hario V60: high-tech from Japan
The Hario V60 hand filter was launched in 2005 by the Japanese company Hario. With this product, Hario has revolutionized the tried and tested manual infusion method for filter coffee and helped filter coffee to gain a new reputation among coffee lovers worldwide. Today, the V60 is the ultimate preparation device for specialty coffee and is used not only in the best specialty cafes worldwide but also in more and more private households.
What does “V60” actually stand for?
The “V” in the name stands for the special cone shape (V-shaped) of the filter. The “60” stands for the 60-degree angle of inclination of the cone.
What is special about the Hario V60 filter?
Thanks to its special construction, the Hario V60 enables the coffee to be extracted evenly. The funnel on the V60 is round and has sloping ribs. These sloping ribs help the water to circulate constantly and to run off in circular movements. The coffee always keeps moving when it is brewed.
Compared to conventional hand filters, which have only two small holes in the bottom, the Hario V60 has a 20mm opening on the bottom. This means that no water can accumulate in the lower area. Another advantage is the matching pointed filters, which are designed so that the coffee can run off unhindered. Due to the special design and the Hario V60 pointed filter, the coffee extraction cannot be interrupted. Over-extraction of the coffee is therefore almost impossible.
How does Hario V60 coffee taste?
Because the V60 uses a filter, the coffee made with it is “clean”, i.e. free of coffee particles, relatively clear, and often has a reddish tint. V60 coffee is characterized by a clear aroma, but thanks to the filtering, it has a little less body compared to the preparation with the French press. Overall, the result is a clear, aromatic coffee. In our opinion, the V60 gets the maximum taste out of specialty coffee.
Which aromas V60 coffee tastes like depends, of course, on the coffee beans you use. If you like pleasant fruit acids, we recommend coffee from Ethiopia, Kenya, or Tanzania. These growing countries are known for top-quality coffees that have a unique, very acidic, citrus-like taste – ideal for preparation in the Hario V60 hand filter.
Hario V60: glass, porcelain, metal, copper, or plastic?
You can buy the V60 in different versions. It is available in glass, porcelain, metal, copper, or plastic. We recommend the Hario V60 made of porcelain because the material is tasteless and stores heat better.
Hario V60 made of glass
Hario V60 made of copper
Hario V60 made of plastic
Hario V60 accessories
In our opinion, the Hario V60 Pour Over Set (filter, filter bags, glass jug, kettle) is ideal for getting to know the world of filter coffee better. The Hario V60 set is characterized above all by its very good price-performance ratio.
Hario V60 glass jug
Hario V60 Drip Station made of acrylic with removable drip tray
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Hario VST-2000B kitchen scale with timer. You can find the product and price overview at amazon.com
Hario V60 filter bags. Here you can find the product and price overview
Hario Buono Kettle
Hario V60 coffee not only tastes world-class, but the preparation is also something very special because making coffee with the Hario V60 is comparable to a Japanese tea ceremony. Only a few preparation methods have a meditative aspect that is comparable to that of preparing the hand filter with the V60.
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