A Beginners Guide to Immersion Coffee Brewing

A Beginners Guide to Immersion Coffee Brewing

The Art of Immersion Coffee Brewing: A Comprehensive Guide

using a hario switch immersion dripper for coffee


  • Introduction to immersion coffee brewing
  • Overview of the Clever Dripper and Hario V60 Switch Immersion Dripper
  • Detailed guide on how to use these devices for brewing
  • Tips for perfecting the immersion brewing process
  • Conclusion and references for further reading

Coffee brewing is an art that has been perfected over centuries. It's a ritual that starts our day, fuels our work, and sparks our conversations. Among the myriad ways to brew coffee, immersion brewing stands out for its simplicity and the full-bodied, rich flavor it produces. This method involves immersing coffee grounds in hot water, allowing them to steep, and then separating the grounds from the water. In this guide, we'll explore the world of immersion coffee brewing, focusing on the Clever Dripper and the Hario V60 Switch Immersion Dripper.

What is Immersion Coffee Brewing?

Immersion coffee brewing is a method where coffee grounds are fully submerged in water, allowing the water and coffee to mingle for an extended period. This process results in a robust and flavorful cup of coffee that is often smoother and less acidic than coffee brewed using other methods. It's a forgiving method, making it a great choice for beginners.

The Clever Dripper

The Clever Dripper combines the best of immersion brewing and pour-over brewing. It's a device that allows coffee to steep in hot water and then be released through a filter when a switch is activated. This process ensures that the coffee has ample time to extract, resulting in a flavorful and well-rounded brew.

The Hario V60 Switch Immersion Dripper

The Hario V60 Switch Immersion Dripper is a versatile coffee brewing device that allows you to switch between immersion brewing and pour-over brewing. It features a unique switch mechanism that controls the flow of water, allowing you to adjust the contact time between the water and coffee grounds. This gives you the flexibility to experiment with different brewing parameters to achieve your perfect cup of coffee.

The Hario V60 Switch Immersion Dripper comes in two sizes: Size 02 and Size 03. The Size 02 set includes a glass Hario V60 with a detachable silicone base and stop tap, a Hario borosilicate server for easy brewing, and filter papers. The Size 03 model is a larger version, offering a practical capacity of 360ml.

Immersion Brewing with the Clever Dripper and Hario V60 Switch

Step 1: Prepare Your Coffee and Water

Start by measuring your coffee. The general guideline is to use 1 gram of coffee for every 15-18 grams of water, but you can adjust this ratio to taste. Grind your coffee to a medium-coarse consistency, similar to sea salt.

Next, heat your water. The ideal water temperature for immersion brewing is between 195°F (91°C) and 205°F (96°C). If you don't have a thermometer, bring the water to a boil and then let it sit for a minute to cool slightly.

Step 2: Add Coffee to the Dripper

Place a filter in the dripper and rinse it with hot water. This preheats the dripper and removes any paper taste from the filter. Discard the rinse water, then add your ground coffee to the filter.

Step 3: Begin Brewing

Pour your hot water over the coffee grounds, making sure all the grounds are saturated. If you're using the Clever Dripper, place the lid on top to retain heat. If you're using the Hario V60 Switch, flip the switch to the closed position to begin the immersion brewing process.

water being poured into an immersion dripper

Step 4: Wait and Stir

Let the coffee steep for about 4 minutes. Halfway through the steeping time, stir the slurry (the mixture of coffee and water) to ensure even extraction.

brewed coffee being extracted from an immersion dripper

Step 5: Draw Down

After 4 minutes, it's time to separate

the coffee from the grounds. If you're using the Clever Dripper, place it on top of your mug or carafe. The weight of the dripper will activate a valve, allowing the coffee to drain into your vessel. If you're using the Hario V60 Switch, flip the switch to the open position to begin the drawdown process.

after the draw down stage of a coffee brew in an immersion dripper

Step 6: Enjoy Your Coffee

Once all the coffee has drained from the dripper, your brew is complete. Remove the dripper, give your coffee a stir, and enjoy!

Tips for Immersion Brewing

  1. Grind Size: The grind size can significantly affect the taste of your coffee. A medium-coarse grind is a good starting point for immersion brewing, but feel free to experiment to find what you like best.

  2. Water Temperature: The water temperature should be between 195°F (91°C) and 205°F (96°C) for optimal extraction. Too hot, and your coffee may taste bitter; too cool, and it may taste sour.

  3. Steeping Time: The steeping time also plays a crucial role in the flavor of your coffee. A steeping time of 4 minutes is recommended, but you can adjust this to taste. Longer steeping times will result in stronger, more full-bodied coffee, while shorter times will produce a lighter, more delicate flavor.

  4. Stirring: Stirring the slurry halfway through the steeping time ensures even extraction, leading to a balanced and flavorful cup of coffee.

  5. Cleanliness: Be sure to clean your equipment after each use to prevent the buildup of coffee oils and residue, which can negatively affect the taste of your coffee.


Immersion brewing is a simple and effective way to brew coffee, offering a full-bodied and flavorful cup. The Clever Dripper and the Hario V60 Switch Immersion Dripper are excellent tools for this method, providing flexibility and control over the brewing process. Whether you're a coffee novice or a seasoned barista, immersion brewing is a technique worth exploring.

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