HOW TO BREW COFFEE WITH HARIO V60 COFFEE MAKER
At coffee hero, we roast great coffee beans that are suitable for different brewing methods. One of the brewing methods to use is pour over coffee. Pour over coffee is simply the process of pouring hot water on coffee grounds, which will slowly extract a delicious cup of coffee.
Pour-over brewing is an easy way to brew a clean and tasty cup of coffee. Some may consider this method the slowest way to brew coffee but the truth is, the pour-over brewing method is a twist of the new-age coffee world and gadgets.
The pour-over method allows you to have more control over the coffee-making process. You should experiment with the perfect grind size, and ideal water temperature to get an ideal cup of coffee. Most people love this method because something is mesmerizing about watching your coffee drip slowly from the filter down to the carafe, knowing they brewed the coffee themselves.
There are different ways of brewing pour-over coffee. They include the clever dripper, chemex, and Hario V60. In this post, we’ll tell you how the coffee maker works. Hario V60 coffee maker is one of the most popular coffee makers in the market today. You know what, that's a good reason. It's very easy to use and fun to brew with.
We know you must have seen a barista brewing with it and it looked intimidating. But you can follow these simple procedures we’ll give and brew cafe-quality coffee in a short time.
The V60 coffee maker is made by Hario. The name originated from the shape of the device. It is V-shaped and has angles of 60 degrees. The internal sides of the coffee maker also have interior ridges that help with airflow during the brewing process. The filter paper is then inserted into the V shape and you’ll place the grounds within the filter paper. The coffee then drips into your mug or cup, delivering a delicious brew.
The coffee maker has shapes and designs that aid the Hario V60 to give optimum extraction. They come in different styles- ceramic, plastic, metals, or glass. Besides, certain materials like copper are known to give better extraction because they can retain heat. This great coffee maker also offers a great solution that reduces any unwanted sediments during the extraction.
If you enjoy making coffee at home, you should invest in this coffee maker. This coffee maker is perfect for a coffee aficionado that wants to coax various flavors and tastes from different coffee beans just by changing the flow of water and grind size.
What You’ll Need
A Hario V60 coffee filters, burr grinder, 25 grams of freshly roasted coffee beans, 400 grams of water (add a little water to pre-wet your filter), decanter, time, kettle and a scale.
Let's get started. We’ll break it down for you.
HEAT THE WATER
You should heat the water to 90 to 96 degree Celsius. You can use a thermometer to check. If you don't own a thermometer or it's not available at the moment: allow the water to boil. Then allow it to sit for 30 seconds.
GRIND THE COFFEE
Choose your favorite coffee beans. We recommend a lighter roast or medium-dark roast, something with high acidity. Grind to medium-fine grind. This grind is slightly more coarse than salt. When making pour-over coffee, we recommend grinding the coffee immediately before brewing. If you buy pre-ground coffee or grind too early, the aromatic compounds will be lost. Its a good idea to use a scale to measure coffee because it's more precise than measurement volume.
FOLD THE FILTER
Gently fold the flat edge of the filter. Then place the filter into the dripper and place it on the decanter. One good thing about V60 is that you can brew the coffee directly into your cup, mug, or decanter. This makes cleaning up easy.
WET THE FILTER
Pre-wetting the filter will wash out some paper residues from the filter. You’ll be with a clean cup at the end. In addition, you’ll be able to seal the filter properly to the sides of the dripper and it will preheat the vessel you’re using a bit.
Remember to discard the water before you start brewing. If you don't pre-wet the filter and just pour the water over the grounds, the water will just wet some grounds before the others and this will lead to uneven extraction.
ADD THE COFFEE
Add the coffee and shake the V60 a little so the grounds will be on a flat surface (also known as the coffee bed). This allows for a more even extraction and stops pooling. Place the coffee maker on your scale and tear it. In this post, we are aiming at 300-400 grams of water for a 3-4 minutes brew time.
ALLOW THE COFFEE TO BLOOM
Add enough water that will saturate the grounds. Allow it to sit for 30 seconds. This process is called the ‘bloom’ and it starts when there is a chemical reaction in the coffee, gases are removed from the ground coffee.
If you put in all the water you are brewing with, these gases will be trapped in the coffee and it will affect the taste. We recommend using a 2:1 ratio of water to coffee for the bloom. For example, if you are brewing with 25 grams of coffee grounds, then you should use 50grams of water for the bloom.
Blooming makes the brewed coffee better in two ways. First, CO2 has a sour taste that you wouldn't like in your cup. As the grounds expel the gases, the force from the gas will push water away from the brew and disrupt the extraction.
ADD THE REMAINING WATER
After 30 seconds, add the water continuously to the coffee grounds. You can do this by slowly pouring the water in spiraling circles. Don't pour the water directly on the coffee grounds. Ensure that the water doesn't get too close to the top edge of the coffee dripper. You should stop pouring when you’ve added 400g of water. This should take roughly 60 seconds.
ALLOW THE COFFEE TO DRAIN
When the coffee is drained through the filter, it is ready to be served. The whole brewing process should take about 2:15 and 3 minutes. If the overall brewing time is more than this, then you’ll need to adjust your grind. When you are done, discard the paper filters and the used grounds. It's time to sit back on your couch and enjoy the coffee.
Practice makes perfect. You have to keep experimenting, if the first brew doesn't taste right, you don't have to give up. Make some adjustments to your recipes and you’ll be brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Now that you are ready to brew some pour-over coffee, get some fresh coffee beans from Coffee hero. You'll be brewing coffee with coffee that has chocolatey, nutty, and fruity flavors.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What adjustments can I make if my coffee tastes weak and watery?
When coffee tastes weak, it means it is under-extracted. This simply means the contact time between the ground coffee and water was not enough. If you want to fix this, grind the coffee more finely for your next brew. It will make the water pass through the coffee more slowly. This will increase the contact time.
What adjustments do I need to make if my coffee tastes too bitter?
If your coffee turns out too bitter, it simply means the coffee is over-extracted- the contact time between the coffee grounds and the water was too much. If you want to fix this, you should grind more coarsely next time. This will allow the water to pass too quickly through the coffee grounds.
What will I do if I want to brew a bigger batch of coffee?
The recipe used in this post will yield about 12 ounces of coffee. If you need to make more coffee, you’ll just have to adjust the amount of coffee and water given in this recipe. You can also use a 16:1 ratio of water to coffee ratio. Adjusting recipes is as simple as figuring the weight of the grounds you are using and multiplying it by 16.