We are fanatics when it comes to pour-over coffee makers. These ingenious little contraptions empower coffee lovers to brew a single cup of coffee without resorting to the indignity of using a Keurig or groping through the guesswork of tinkering with a full-sized machine.
Far from being a one-size-fits-all brewing solution, though, drippers must be selected carefully and employed properly to draw out the complexities of your favorite beans and spare you the disappointment of suffering through a cup that’s just so-so. Sadly, most aren’t up to the task.
Most drippers, however, aren’t the Hario V60.
What is the Hario V60?
The V60 is a highly popular pour-over unit that comes courtesy of the coffee virtuosos at Hario. It takes its name from the V-shaped sides of its conical brewing chamber, which form a 60-degree angle (clever, right?).
Why 60 degrees, you ask? We can assure you that they didn’t choose this number at random.
Unlike the average pour-over coffee maker, the V60’s steep sides make for a deeper coffee bed, creating nice layering in the grounds. This, in turn, allows for complete control of the brewing process and more thorough extraction, leaving you with a bold, balanced cup brimming with nuance.
What’s more, the dripper’s namesake conical configuration is aided by the inclusion of swirling ridges along the inner surface that promote airflow and let the grounds breathe as they steep.
Meet the V60s
The V60 appellative refers not to a single dripper but several within the same series, all of which feature Hario’s fine-tuned 60-degree brewing chamber. Each entry in the line is made from a different material:
The “standard” V60. A ceramic coffee dripper takes longer to heat up, as a rule, but once it does, it transfers heat evenly and efficiently while preserving the basic character of the coffee.
The V60 Metal, made from 100% stainless steel, presents a trade-off between durability and heat retention, the latter category being one in which metals tend to perform relatively poorly.
Copper is prized by chefs, engineers, and beverage connoisseurs alike for its conductivity and thermal fidelity, two qualities that are paramount in the art of coffee brewing. It’s no coincidence that many javaphiles are partial to copper.
Like ceramic and steel, glass is slow on the draw in terms of heat channeling, but its non-reactive nature guarantees clean, consistent flavor with every mouthful.
The unassuming V60 Plastic, a budget version of Hario’s signature dripper, boasts several unexpected advantages, including excellent conductivity, temperature stability, and clarity of taste.
How to Make Coffee With the Hario V60
Brewing a serving of delicious coffee with the Hario V60 is as easy as pouring a cup of water. These steps will be the same for each model in the line except for the V60 Plastic, which doesn’t benefit much from preliminary heating.
Start With a Medium-Fine Grind
Process your beans until they’re roughly the same consistency as the ground coffee you’d find at the grocery store. A slightly finer grind size will slow the drawdown a bit, encouraging more of your favorite coffee’s natural flavors to come to the forefront.
Pour a Little Hot Water Through Your Dripper and Filter
Before you begin brewing, take a moment to run some freshly heated water through your paper filter-lined V60 and into your waiting mug. This “dry run” will not only serve to preheat the dripper, filter paper, and mug but also prevent any papery notes from the conical filter from making their way into your coffee.
Find the Right Coffee-to-Water Ratio
We recommend using 6-8 grams (around a quarter ounce) of coffee for every 100 milliliters (or grams if you’re weighing everything out with a kitchen scale) of boiling water. That comes out to approximately 25-26 grams of coffee and 340 grams of water for a 10-ounce mug.
Of course, you’re free to play around with your proportions however you like, remembering that the potency of your coffee beans, the temperature of your brewing water, and personal preference all have a role to play in the final flavor profile.
Allow 2-3 Minutes for Your Coffee to Finish Brewing
Once you’ve portioned out your grounds and added your hot water for a second time, you’re in the money. The exact brew time will vary depending on the specific quantities of coffee and water you use, but you won’t have long to wait before you can take that first supremely satisfying sip.
The Hario V60 coffee brewer is an impeccably designed piece of coffee brewing equipment that makes one-and-done brewing an effortless feat, whether you’re a practiced hand with pour-overs or have never made a drop of fresh coffee in your life. It’s the kind of dripper that will keep you coming back for “one more cup” over and over again throughout the day, which is just about the highest compliment we can pay it.