Coffee brewing method: Filter coffee
Skill level: Easy
Heard the term 'pour over coffee,' but not too sure where to begin? Get started with this beautifully simple brewing method, using the relatively cheap and extremely portable V60 coffee maker. An entry-level V60 will set you back less than £10 for a reusable plastic version to pop in your bag each morning, and they also come in different sizes depending on how many cups you want to make. Looking for a standout, at-home version? You can even opt for a ceramic iteration.
Welcome to the world of pour-over coffee
The perfect gateway pour-over, the V60 will give you confidence in learning how to treat filter coffee with the care and respect that we think it deserves. Once you've mastered the basics of the V60, there is lots of potential for you to begin playing with different grind sizes and brew times, to see how these impact the coffee's flavour.
- A V60 coffee maker (we use Hario but any similar coffee maker will work)
- Filter papers
- A coffee grinder
- A cup or jug to brew in to
V60 Coffee Brewing Method
1. Weigh and grind
Weighing and griding is key to getting your brew tasting consistently good and means you can replicate good results.
If you're brewing for two people, you will need 36g of coffee and 500ml water. Aim for a medium-coarse grind. You may enjoy your coffee stronger or weaker, so as a general rule, we'd say anywhere between 60-70g per litre of coffee.
It's your brew, and experimenting to find the perfect ratio for you is absolutely encouraged.
Pop the filter into your V60 and rinse with hot water. This means you only taste the good stuff in your brew, and not the taint of the paper.
Now is a good time to pre-heat your vessel, which will keep your coffee hotter for longer.
3. Saturate & bloom
Tip away any hot water in your jug or server and add your ground coffee into the filter paper in the coffee maker – 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 de-gasses. This process is called the 'bloom'.
Wait 20-30 seconds here before moving on to the main pour.
Try to pour consistently, at a steady rate, and in a circular motion. This 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.
The total brew time (including bloom) should be 4-5 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
All that's left to do is to serve and savour the moment.
V60 brewing FAQ
What's the best coffee for a V60?
If you take your coffee black, we'd recommend brewing with a filter roast coffee [link to filter coffee page on site].
What filter should I use in a V60?
V60 brewing requires a conical filter explicitly designed for this machine type, which you can buy over on our shop [link to V60 filter papers]. You should only ever use a filter once.
Where can I buy a V60?
We often have V60 machines for sale over in the Extract Coffee Roasters shop, which you can find here [link to the shop]. Our stock does fluctuate, so if we don't currently have one available, please check back later.