Brewing guide: V60

Quick review

Level of effort

It takes practice to achieve optimal results.

Affordability

Prices for V60 vary, but you'll also need to use a scale & gooseneck kettle. 

Quality

This method can deliver a bright and clean cup of coffee, with no particles.

Why we like it

Although challenging, it can give fantastic results.

Step by step guide

Brewing time: 2min 30s

You'll need the following equipment...

V60 brewer

V60 paper filter

Grinder

Digital scale

Timer

Gooseneck kettle

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Step 1

Measure your coffee

Measure 15* grams of coffee beans and grind them. We recommend a coarse grind (like caster sugar). Boil your kettle.

* Recommended weight for a single cup. Vary the weight according to taste or number of cups.

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Step 4

First pour

Start your timer. Pour boiling water over the coffee, about double the amount of ground coffee you weighted, and let it soak for 45 secs, allowing it to bloom*.

*Blooming refers to the sudden release of Carbon Dioxide from the coffee grounds when in contact with water.

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Step 2

Prepare the V60

Fold the paper filter along the seam and place it in the V60. Pour boiling water over the filter once to remove its paper taste, then discard that water.

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Step 5

Second pour

Pour boiling water gently in circles around the coffee, avoiding the walls until you reach 240 grams of water (this should take about 30 secs).

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Step 3

Add the coffee

Place the V60 on the scale, adding the ground coffee. Then tare the scale.

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Step 6

Allow coffee to drip

Let the coffee drip into the base until the timer hits 2min 30secs. Remove the V60 from the scales, serve and enjoy.

V60 TROUBLESHOOTING

In case you come across these problems, here are some tips...

Water drains too slowly
This might be due to the grind size. When the grounds are too fine, the water cannot flow at a normal rate and gets stuck, causing the coffee to over-extract.

 

Water remains in the brewer after time is up
This might depend on how much water there is still to percolate through the coffee, If there is only a little water left to drip through the coffee, then it might not be a problem. However, if you have a considerable amount then the grounds might be blocking the water flow due to their size being too fine

 

Muddy grind on top
If your grind has a muddy texture after the water has drained through, this is due to the grind size being too fine, and could affect the taste.

 

Flat bed
After the water has drained through the coffee, if you are left with a flat bed of grind, instead of a dome or a well, this indicates a uniform percolation of the coffee, one sign of a good extraction.