The Hario V60 coffee maker is one of the most popular pour over brewers available, rivaled only by the Chemex. While the basics of making pour over coffee apply to the V60, it has a few unique factors you’ll want to consider when brewing. Here’s what you need to brew a great cup of coffee with the V60.
The Hario V60 is a pour over coffee brewer, named for its conical “V” shape and 60° angle. Its other trademark characteristic is the ridges that run along the inside cone, which help with airflow and decrease drawdown time (the time it takes for the water to drain from the brewer into the vessel below). Whereas other similar pour over brewers usually have a solid bottom with a few holes, the V60 is open at the bottom of the cone, further decreasing drawdown time. The combination of these two factors means it can be easy to under-extract coffee in a V60. With the right ratios and brewing method, however, V60 coffee is balanced, clean, and highlights the subtle flavors in specialty coffee.
V60 drippers come in a variety of materials including ceramic, metal, glass, and plastic. Of course, they vary in price and heat retention, but they all work similarly, overall. Hario also makes serving vessels that go beneath your V60. These are convenient for brewing large batches of coffee, but they aren't strictly necessary, as you can brew directly into your mug. This is one major benefit of a V60 – it’s a great single-serve coffee maker and, because it doesn’t require a serving vessel, takes up minimal space.
While using a V60 isn’t difficult, it is a very precise, hands-on process, and mastering it can take a few tries. If your first few cups aren’t stellar, don't get discouraged.
Need a larger batch?
This recipe can easily be doubled, though be aware that brew time will increase and you’ll need a larger serving vessel. If you’re just making a single cup, brewing directly into your Ember Mug² means the clean-up will be a breeze, and its precise temperature control preserves the hard work of your brew. We recommend a drinking temperature of 129°F(54°C) or below for V60 coffee. Pour over methods like the V60 are great for highlighting subtle, complex flavors in specialty coffee, and a lower drinking temperature will allow you to detect and appreciate them.
Enjoy your V60 brew at your favorite temperature in your Ember Mug².