Use this V60 Brew Guide, or pourover, to get started with this beautifully simple method of brewing. You can keep things as simple as you like, but it has a lot of potential for you to begin playing with different grinds and brew times as your confidence begins to build. This is the basic framework to follow as you start out, but once you are comfortable start experimenting to make your perfect coffee.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
Weigh & grind your coffee
This is key to getting your brew tasting consistently good. Have a look at our Golden Rules to find out more. If you’re brewing for 2 people, you will need 36g of coffee, and 500ml water. Aim for a medium-coarse grind.
Rinse the paper filter
Pop the filter into your pourover and rinse with hot water. This will ensure you only taste the good stuff in your brew, and not the taint of the paper. This is a good time to pre-heat your vessel too.
Saturate & bloom
Once your pourover is all set up, and the ground coffee placed in the filter, it’s time to brew! Start the first pour. The aim here is to saturate the grounds, this should require only 80-100ml of the total water. Watch as the coffee expands and degasses. This process is called the bloom. Wait 20-30 seconds here before moving on to the main pour.
Try to ensure that you are pouring fairly consistently, at a steady rate, and in a circular motion that keeps the coffee grounds fully immersed without weighing the coffee down with all the water at once. Pause every 100ml for a few seconds to keep the water level only a few mm above the grounds. Nice and slow. Ideally, the total brew time (including bloom) should be 4-5 minutes.
Serve & enjoy
All that’s left to do is to serve and savour the moment.
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