V60 Coffee Basics: Brew Delicious Pour Over at Home

V60 Coffee Basics: Brew Delicious Pour Over at Home

Key Takeaways
The V60 dripper is a popular and easy way to brew pour over coffee at home
Essential equipment includes the V60 dripper, filters, a gooseneck kettle, a burr grinder, and a serving carafe
Use a medium-fine grind size, water just off the boil, and a brew ratio of about 60g/L
Pour slowly and steadily in spirals, aiming for an even extraction and 3-4 minute brew time
Enjoy your delicious V60 pour over coffee! With practice, you can dial in your perfect brew

What is V60 Pour Over Coffee?

V60 is a popular pour over coffee brewing method originally developed by the Japanese company Hario. The name "V60" refers to the 60º angle of the cone-shaped dripper. This specific angle, along with spiral ribs inside the dripper, promotes even extraction of the coffee grounds.

Brewing with a V60 gives you complete control over all the variables, allowing you to highlight the unique flavors of your favorite coffee beans. The resulting cup is clean, bright and complex - a true coffee lover's delight!

Essential V60 Brewing Equipment

To get started with V60 brewing at home, you'll need a few key pieces of equipment:

  1. V60 Dripper - The star of the show. Available in plastic, glass, ceramic or metal.

Hario V60 Plastic Coffee Dripper Size 02 Including 40 FREE Filter Papers

  1. V60 Filters - Hario's proprietary paper filters, available in bleached white or natural brown.

  2. Gooseneck Kettle - A narrow spout allows for precision pouring and flow control. Electric or stovetop.

Hario V60 Buono Drip Kettle -1.2ltr

  1. Burr Grinder - Freshly ground coffee is a must for the best flavor. Use a quality burr grinder for a consistent grind.

Hario Skerton Plus Ceramic Coffee Grinder

  1. Server/Carafe - You'll need something to brew your delicious coffee into! Scale up with larger servers for bigger brews.

Hario V60 Glass Range Coffee Server Size 02 (600ml)

Don't forget other handy accessories like a scale for precise measuring, a timer, and a stir stick. Or keep it simple by starting with an all-in-one V60 kit:

Hario V60 Craft Coffee Maker Kit

Brewing Guide

Once you have your equipment ready, it's time to brew! Here's a basic guide to get you started:

What You'll Need:

  • V60 dripper and filter
  • 20g freshly roasted coffee beans
  • 300g filtered water, plus a little extra for rinsing
  • Grinder
  • Server/mug
  • Scale and timer


  1. Prepare - Place your V60 dripper on top of your server or mug. Fold the seam of the paper filter and place inside the dripper. Rinse the filter with hot water to eliminate paper taste and preheat the brewer. Discard the rinse water.

  2. Grind - Weigh out 20g of whole bean coffee and grind to a medium-fine consistency, about as fine as table salt. Adjust grind size as needed after tasting (finer for more extraction, coarser for less).

  3. Bloom - Place ground coffee in the filter and gently tap to level the bed. Tare your scale. Start your timer and pour 40g of water, just off the boil, in a spiral motion over the grounds. Make sure all grounds are saturated. Let sit for 30 seconds.

  4. Pour - At the 0:30 mark, begin pouring the remaining 260g of water in slow, steady spirals. Aim to pour right in the center at first, then slowly spiral outwards as you go. Try to maintain the water level about 1cm from the top of the dripper. All water should be added by 2:00.

  5. Drawdown - Let the coffee drain through the filter, aiming for a total brew time of 3:00-4:00 depending on grind size and pour rate. The spent grounds should form a nice, flat bed.

  6. Enjoy - Remove the dripper, give your brewed coffee a gentle swirl, and enjoy! Take notes on what you liked or what you'd change for next time.

V60 Brewing Tips

  • Use freshly roasted whole bean coffee for maximum flavor
  • Experiment with grind size and brew ratios to dial in your perfect cup
  • Pour slowly and steadily, avoiding the sides of the filter
  • Aim for a brew time of 3-4 minutes. Adjust grind size and pour rate as needed
  • Enjoy your coffee immediately after brewing for the best taste
  • Clean your equipment regularly for consistently great brews


Brewing great pour over coffee with a V60 is a fun and rewarding skill to learn. The V60 gives you complete control and really highlights the unique characteristics of different coffee beans.

While it can take some practice to perfect your technique, the basics are simple. With the right equipment, a little patience, and a willingness to experiment, you'll be brewing delicious V60 pour overs in no time.

So grab your V60 gear, try out this guide, and savor that satisfying cup of home brewed deliciousness. Your morning coffee game is about to level up!

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