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How to Improve Your Brew: Hario V60 Pour Over


Used by many coffee shops worldwide and in the homes of coffee enthusiasts everywhere, the Hario V60 is the preferred brewing method for those looking for complete control over their coffee. Designed with cone shape dripper, a single, large hole, and spiral ribs, this pour over ensures a perfect cup of joe in just a few short minutes.  Below is our V60 brewing guide for a perfect pour. 

Because water is such a critical component in coffee, we recommend using filtered or purified water in order to get the best tasting brew. 

Ryan Dungey happily posing with supplies needed to prepare pour-over coffee

Supplies Needed

Step 1: Rinse your filter

To start, put the V60 on top of a carafe or mug and place one of the cone filters into the V60. Rinse it with hot water to eliminate any paper taste and warm up the carafe before brewing. Discard this water. 

Step 2: Weigh and grind your coffee 

The next step to brewing the perfect cup of coffee starts with the appropriate ratio of coffee to water. The Specialty Coffee Association of America lists their “Golden Ratio” at 1:18 (1 part coffee to 18 parts water) but we prefer something closer to 1:16 with this brew method. The beauty of the pour over style is you can customize it however you like - using our preferred ratio, 15 grams (approximately 2-3 tablespoons) of coffee will brew roughly one 8 ounce cup.

Once you have the coffee weighed out to your preference, it’s time to grind your beans. A consistency about the same as kosher salt will work well. 

Step 3: Add coffee grounds to the dripper

Add your fresh ground RD Coffee to the V60 dripper and stir with a spoon to level out any clumps. 

Step 4: Saturate the coffee grounds

With your hot water between 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly 20-30 seconds after it has boiled) set your timer for 3 minutes and pour just enough water to cover the grounds. This will start the “blooming” process as the grounds start to bubble and release gas, the sign of fresh coffee. This part of the process should take about 15-30 seconds. 

Step 5: Continue saturating 

After the bloom, continue pouring water at a slow to medium pace in a circular motion every 10-15 seconds for an even extraction process. Try to focus on saturating the dark spots in your coffee first. After you’ve used up all your water, grab your spoon once more and gently stir around the edges to ensure all coffee grounds are well saturated and let the V60 continue brewing until you hit the 3 minute mark. 

Step 6: Enjoy your perfect cup of coffee

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for. Once you’ve reached the recommended brewing time (~3 minutes), remove the V60. The result is 8oz of freshly brewed RD Coffee with robust flavors to start your day or for a much-needed midday pick-me-up.

display of supplies needed to prepare pour-over coffee