V60 coffee brewer system

The Hario V60 Coffee Dripper, Quick, Easy, Outstanding Coffee

The Hario V60 Coffee Dripper makes pour over coffee with a bright, clean taste with little fuss.

The brewer is inexpensive, easy to store, comes in a couple of sizes, and it will easily slip into a suitcase if you travel. The V60 coffee brewer is made from different materials (glass, ceramic, or plastic for camping or travel) and comes in many different colors to match your kitchen decor.

The Hario V60 is my go to coffee brewer when I want to try new coffee beans. The reason is simple; the V60 coffee brewer makes one cup of coffee really well.

I can dial in the brewing variables one at a time without wasting a lot of coffee beans, and the process is straightforward and repeatable.

Don’t let the one cup thing bother you; it’s the way coffee should be made. I used to make eight or ten cups at one time and drink coffee all morning while I worked. By the end, the coffee was usually bitter, stale tasting, and I was only drinking it to not be wasteful.

With the V60 coffee brewer, I find I drink less coffee but enjoy it more, and when it’s time for another cup I can brew a different kind or adjust the brew on the next cup.

If you drink a lot of coffee, don’t let the one-cup brew sway your decision. You’ll probably find you enjoy drinking less better-tasting coffee.




Questions to Ask

So is the Hario V60 Coffee Brewer for you? Ask yourself these questions.

Do you like the ritual of making coffee in the morning?

Does your kitchen have limited space for a new appliance?

Are you willing to make one cup of coffee at a time?

If the answers are yes, the Hario V60 is an excellent coffee brewer choice.

The Hario V60 makes outstanding coffee and is one of the best coffee makers out there for the money.

What Makes the Hario V60 Coffee Brewer Different?

Many pour over coffee brewers, whether they are actually conical or have a flat bottom, drain the brewed coffee through a few small holes at the bottom of the brewer.

Not the V60, the brewer has several curved ridges running down the side that funnel coffee into a large central hole and into your cup.

My guess is that the ridges hold the filter paper away from the funnel so coffee can flow downward.  The curviness of the ridges is to increase the time water is in contact with the filter media and the coffee grounds.

I’m not sure if those curved ridges do much other than allow brewed coffee out of the filter media, but the large central hole is what separates the Hario V60 coffee brewer from other pour over brewers.

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Hario V60-Coffee-brewer-bottom

How Does This Affect the Coffee?

The large hole obviously allows brewed coffee to drain out of the brewer faster than a funnel with only a few small holes. The large central hole hardly controls flow, so the time limiting factor then becomes the grind size of the coffee.

With the V60, finer ground coffee will drain slower and coarse grounds faster.

The key to using the Hario V60 is to keep the water in contact with the coffee grounds between three in half to four in half minutes, use the grind size to adjust the flow rate.

Hario expects you to grind your fresh coffee, so using the Hario with most pre-ground coffee won’t work as it’s ground too coarse and water will fly through the V60.

With the V60, you need to use a finer grind. In my opinion, this is a good thing.

First, you can use less coffee, which will save you money. Second, finer ground coffee allows water to come into contact with a larger coffee surface area, thus drawing more flavor out of the ground coffee.

Hario Filters

The Hario filters are fragile and transparent when wet. The filters don’t hold back much flow, so again, your grind size is important.

So yes, there’s a learning curve to find the grind size you like, but once you do it makes brewing coffee easier.

Why?

Because if your coffee is weak or sour, grind the coffee for the next cup finer. If it tastes strong or bitter, change the grind size coarser by one setting. No need, to change coffee ratios, guess how long to let the water extract flavor. You change only one variable by modifying the grind size.

I use a Porlex Tall grinder and start with the 4th setting on lightly roasted coffee and the 5th setting on medium roasted coffee. Then adjust to taste on the next cup.

Specific Filter

One con to the Hario V60 coffee brewer is the filters. You need to use specific Hario brand filters. Grocery stores don’t care them, so you’ll have to purchase them at coffee shops or on Amazon.

The Hario filters are a little more expensive too, while store bought paper filters are between $2 and $4, the Hario filters on Amazon are between $5 and $6 for 100 filters.

I’ve been experimenting with stirring my coffee mixture during the brewing process, and the Hario filters are relatively thin, so if you do stir your filter bed, you need to be careful not to tear the filter, particularly at the bottom near the hole.

The thin Hario filter does have one advantage, though, I’ve noticed some coffee oil on the surface of my coffee, this is a good thing as it does add richness to the coffee.

Pros:

  • Makes great coffee and is the standard pour over brewer in many cafes.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Filter made with many materials, colors, and sizes to match people’s preferences, kitchen color schemes, and usage styles.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Did I mention makes Great Coffee?

Cons:

  • Uses a unique paper filter that most grocery stores don’t sell.
  • Can break if tipped over.
  • Makes only 1 or 2 cups.
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Don’t forget the filters!

Synapse of the Hario V60 Coffee Brewer

Coffee Quality –

Bright, clean, great tasting coffee that you control by adjusting your grind size. Once you dial in the grind size, the brewing process is very repeatable.

Equipment Quality –

Excellent, both the glass and ceramic brewers are thick and well made. The glass V60 brewer has a soft but rigid plastic base that sits evenly and securely on your coffee cup or brewing setup. Remember, the brewers are made of thick glass, but glass nonetheless and will break if dropped on the floor or off the cup, so handling does become important.

Ease of Use –

Set up is a breeze, but you will need a scale and a little practice to get the brewing down. Once you’re used to it, simple as can be. The only bummer is that the filters aren’t available at most retailers.

Cleaning Ease –

Pull the paper filter out of the brewer and dispose or compost the grounds. Rinse the filter under hot water and wipe down with a paper towel. The funnel is easy to access and clean. On the glass model, the plastic stand comes off the funnel making cleaning even easier.

Appearance –

Excellent, it’s stylish and comes in many different colors to match your kitchen.

Speed –

It takes a minute or two to grind your coffee while the kettle boils. Then 4 to 5 minutes of pouring water into the coffee brewer and you have a hot cup of coffee. It’s not like putting a cup in a Keurig, but the coffee tastes so much better!

Price –

Hard to beat the price of the Hario V60 coffee brewer, depending on the brewer, and even the color you want, the price varies, but most are around $20. I have several models with the price listed below.

The paper filters are expensive as filters go, about 5- or 6-cents each.

Recommendation

Purchase a Hario V60 right now, use the button below. You won’t be sorry, even if you drink a pot of coffee in the morning, there are times when you want only a cup. Use the Hario V60 at these times and my guess is the quality of the taste will have you using it more often.

I highly recommend this coffee brewer.


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