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Hario V60 Recipe: How to Brew Like a Pro

Hario V60 review

The Hario V60 pour-over may seem like a simple brewer, but if your technique is off, you could end up with a cup of mud! That’s why we’ve gathered our best tips and tricks for brewing a flavorful, never bitter cup of V60 coffee.

Whether or not you’re new to this specialty Japanese brewer, you’ll want to check out these easy steps. Keep reading to find our easy Hario V60 recipe, complete with pictures and brewing tips.

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Easy Hario V60 Recipe:

Ingredients
Equipment

1. Set up your V60 and rinse the filter.

Hario V60 with paper filter

Place your Hario V60 on top of a coffee mug. Fold the seam of the filter and place it in the V60. Then pour water over the filter to rinse it. Discard the water.

2. Grind your coffee beans.

Hario V60 coffee scoop

Grind about 22 grams (3 tablespoons) of coffee beans. You’ll want a medium-fine grind, about the texture of Kosher salt. Add the ground coffee to the filter. If you’re using a scale, place it under the mug and push the tare button.

3. Boil water in a gooseneck kettle.

testing the Hario kettle

Boil 360 grams (12.5 ounces) of water. Use a gooseneck kettle if possible (we’re using the Hario Buono kettle), since the narrow neck will give you more control over the brew. You want the water around 200 F, so if your kettle doesn’t have a thermometer, let it sit for about 30 seconds after boiling.

4. Pour in a small amount of water.

Hario kettle pouring

Now it’s time to start brewing! If you’re using a timer, start it now. Beginning in the center of the coffee grounds, pour a small amount of water in a circular motion. You’ll want to add about 50 grams (1.7 ounces) of water in this first step — and make sure you saturate all of the grounds.

You should see your beans beginning to bloom. This is the fresh coffee off-gassing. Wait about 20 seconds for this process to finish.

5. Slowly pour in the rest of the water.

Hario Buono kettle review

Continue pouring the water in slow circles, about every 15-20 seconds. You want to spread the water evenly over the bed of grounds. To prevent a mess, avoid going above the level of the coffee.

Once you’ve poured in the full 360 grams of water, wait for it to seep into your mug. Your brewing process should be done after about 3 minutes.

6. Remove the V60 and enjoy!

Hario V60 coffee taste test

Take the V60 dripper off your mug and discard (or compost) the filter and grounds. Now you can enjoy your delicious, clear cup of coffee!

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Hario V60 Accessories: What Do You Need?

You’ve already bought a Hario V60 brewer. Do you need other equipment, too? Here are three pieces of brewing equipment that might be a worthwhile investment:

Why Use a Gooseneck Kettle?

Gooseneck kettles have long, goose-like necks that keep the flow of water very light. You can start or stop the water flow with a slight tilt of your wrist — and aiming the water is much easier. That’s why this kind of kettle is the only way to control the water enough for a perfect pour-over technique. With a good gooseneck kettle, you can make sure that you’re evenly saturating your coffee and pouring in smooth circles.

With that said, you don’t have to have a gooseneck kettle to make a perfectly good pour-over. Your results probably won’t be barista-quality, but they’ll probably still be delicious.

Hario Buono kettle with V60

What About Timers and Scales?

If you order a pour-over coffee at a nice coffee shop or watch a coffee-making competition, you’ll see the baristas using timers and scales. They’re professional tools that help make sure the coffee-to-water ratio and brewing process are just right. But if you’re brewing for yourself at home, you may not need that level of precision. It’s up to you!

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Conclusion

There you have it: a straightforward Hario V60 recipe that should help you brew the most delicious cup of pour-over coffee possible. Following a few simple steps like rinsing the filter and letting the coffee grounds bloom will result in a much better cup! And once you get the hang of it, this process will be like second nature. You’ll be a Hario V60 expert before you know it — and your taste buds will thank you.

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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