Are you ready to embark on a journey into the world of pour-over coffee brewing? If you’ve never experienced the pure joy of a freshly brewed cup of coffee using a Hario V60 Black Metal Dripper, you’re in for a treat. This method is not only easy but also capable of delivering a remarkable coffee experience. Let’s dive into the basics and discover how simple it is to master the art of pour-over coffee.
What You’ll Need:
- Hario V60 Black Metal Dripper: This iconic coffee brewer is designed for optimal heat retention and even extraction, making it an ideal choice for your pour-over adventure.
- Freshly Ground Coffee: Always use freshly ground coffee beans. The grind size should be medium-fine, similar to sea salt.
- Filtered Water: Quality matters. Use filtered water to ensure your coffee isn’t tainted by impurities.
- Kettle: A gooseneck kettle is recommended for precision pouring.
- Coffee Scale: This helps you measure your coffee and water accurately.
- Coffee Filter: Opt for Hario V60 filters for a perfect fit.
Step 1: Boil Water
Start by boiling your filtered water. Ideally, aim for a temperature between 195°F and 205°F (90°C – 96°C). Let it sit for a minute to cool slightly.
Step 2: Rinse the Filter
Place your V60 dripper over your coffee mug or carafe and insert a paper filter. Pour a small amount of hot water through the filter to rinse it. This warms the brewer and removes any paper flavor from the filter. Discard the rinse water.
Step 3: Measure Your Coffee
We recommend using a coffee scale to measure your coffee. A standard ratio is 1:16, meaning one part coffee to sixteen parts water. For example, if you use 20 grams of coffee, you’ll need 320 grams of water. Adjust according to your taste preferences.
Step 4: Add Coffee Grounds
Place your V60 dripper with the rinsed filter onto your scale. Add the measured coffee grounds into the filter.
Step 5: The Bloom
Start your timer and pour just enough water (about double the weight of your coffee grounds) to saturate them. This is called the “bloom.” It allows the coffee to de-gas and prepares it for even extraction. Wait for about 30 seconds.
Step 6: Begin Pouring
Now, start pouring water in a slow, steady spiral motion, beginning from the center and moving outward. Pour until you reach the desired weight, following your chosen coffee-to-water ratio.
Step 7: Let It Drip
Allow the coffee to drip into your mug or carafe. The entire brewing process should take around 2-3 minutes.
Step 8: Savor the Aroma
Once the dripping slows down significantly or stops, your pour-over coffee is ready. Remove the filter and dripper, and inhale the rich aroma of your freshly brewed cup.
Step 9: Enjoy Your Coffee
Sit back, take a sip, and savor the beautiful flavors and aromas that pour-over brewing extracts from your coffee. You’ll likely notice a cleaner, more vibrant taste compared to other brewing methods.