The V60 is a simple contraption that can, if used correctly, unlock some really interesting flavours and create great tasting coffee. It is a filter method of brewing so the resulting coffee is clear and gives a clean drinking experience however it is also great because it doesn’t take too long to brew so is great if you’re in a hurry.
Check out our brew guide to see how to brew the perfect V60.
We use a Hario 02 V60 all the time at Pinch Flat. I’d say it’s probably our go to brew method when the espresso machine is switched off. There is something therapeutic about pouring your water in small circles and the aroma that comes from the conical shaped V60 is incredible.
The name V60 comes from the angle of the walls of the brewer and the shape they make which is a v. These provide an ideal rate of filtration and on many models include ridges that help with even extraction to ensure consistency each time your brew.
If you’re new to V60 then here’s what you need to get started:
- V60 brewer - for our recipe we are using a 2 cup brewer.
- V60 filter paper - there are lots of different options out there but as long as you have the right size you should be ok.
- Decanter - we use a glass decanter but you will be fine using a mug!
- Stirrer (spoon)
- 16 g freshly ground filter coffee - we use a Wilfa Svart grinder set two clicks finer than filter (it’s important to be flexible with this as some roasts require a finer grind for optimum extraction)
- Filtered water - try and use a Brita filter or similar water filter to avoid unnecessary use of single use plastic bottled water.
- Optional extra is a gooseneck kettle - this will allow you to pour water at a more controlled rate which theoretically improves the taste but it's not necessary.
Ok, so you’ve ground your coffee, got filtered water in the kettle and have folded the filter paper into the brewer. What’s next?
It is really important to rinse through the filter paper with your boiling water before you put the coffee in. This removes the taste of the paper from your coffee which no one wants. Don’t forget to tip away your rinsed water, we’ve all forgotten to at some point and ended up with an accidentally diluted cup, sad times.
The last piece of the preparation puzzle is to tip your coffee grounds in the brewer, we like to make a little well in the middle of them and finally make sure you tare your scales.
Your water should be around 95 degrees celsius, if it is then time to get pouring!
- Start your timer and pour in 32 grams of water
- Give the brewer a swirl and let the coffee bloom up to 45 seconds on your timer
- At 45 seconds start to pour evenly in concentric circles around the centre of the brewer until you reach 150 grams in your scale.
- Aim to get to 150 grams at 1:15 of brew time
- At 1:15 continue pouring this time a little bit slower so you reach 250 grams at 1:45
- Finally at 2:00 give the coffee a little stir in the direction you poured
- Leave to draw down, this should happen around 3:15
There you go, you’ll have a beautiful cup of coffee which will taste better and better as it cools.
Here are a couple of pointers to fix any issues you might have:
- If your brew time is much shorter than 3 minutes then your coffee is likely to be ground too coarse or you are using water that’s too hot so turn the grind setting a bit finer.
- Likewise if your overshooting the 3:45 mark then your grind is probably too fine so make it slightly coarser.
- Always change one thing at a time so you know what works and what doesn’t if there is a change in taste.
- Each bean and roast will vary in terms of their colour and therefore strength so a darker roast might need a coarser grind and vise versa.
- Lastly try to make sure your bed of coffee grounds are flat at the end of the draw down, this can be helped with a little swirl of the brewer and will make sure the extraction is spot on.
We hope you enjoy brewing your V60! We’ve had some really great cups of coffee from a V60 over the years and we love how portable it is.
If you don’t have a V60 then check out our other guides to learn how to make a flat white at home or how to brew an aeropress in the wild.
In the meantime bon appetite!