If you already follow us you know how much seriously we take our reviews about coffee equipment. We believe that only with good equipment is it possible to make the best use of the coffee beans. With this in mind, we decided to share with you another review of one of the best pour over equipment ever invented, the Hario V60.
In a world as electronic as ours, it is more and more difficult to look at the simplest things. But sometimes the simplest tools are better than the most complex machines. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, then manual coffee should hold a special place in your heart. And if you love manual coffee then you definitely should take a look at the Hario V60 dripper.
The slow coffee movement has become more and more popular and exciting in the past few years. In front of this movement are single cup brewing systems such as the Hario V60. These drip brewers epitomize the slow coffee movement: hand poured, single cup, artisan coffee brewing. With the increase of the slow coffee movement, is becoming more difficult to figure out which brewer is the best one for your kitchen.
So, to help you get a consistently great cup of coffee we decide to share with you a review of one our favorites pour over equipment.
As we already mention the V60 is a wonderfully simple device. It consists of a cone-shaped brewer with a flat lip on the bottom for it to rest on a mug or carafe. With a set of raised grooves spiraling down the inside of the cone that holds the bed of grounds away from the walls of the V60. This allows for airflow along the sides, which aides in even water flow along the edges, leading to a more balanced extraction.
Because of its simple design, this equipment has been produced in several materials. For people on the go, you can throw a plastic V60 into your bag. If your brewing ritual is at home, there are glass, ceramic and metal versions available. Each one has its own unique design and unique look.
Unlike other pour over brewers like Chemex, the V60 has a rather large hole at the bottom of its cone. At first, this may seem like a drawback. But if we look closely it is this large hole that makes this pour over dripper the tool of the pros. This large brewing hole allows for unrestricted flow and reduces the chances of over extracting your coffee. With the size of the hole, the brewer relies on the grind of the coffee in the filter to control extraction time.
Time and contact are two of the most important factors in coffee brewing. If water passes through your grounds too quickly you’ll end up with a watery coffee and a bitter cup if too slowly. Contact refers to grind size, the amount of surface area, for the water to interact with.
In addition to these characteristics, the extremely thin paper filters lend to this ultra-manual attitude. The Hario V60 uses some of the thinnest paper filters on the market, to keep water flowing smoothly without interruption.
This incredibly well-made coffee equipment is perfect for use at home but also for coffee shops. With a price around 20$, the Hario V60 is one of the most cheaper and versatile equipment you can buy. Compare with other pour over equipment, this one is very user-friendly, with a minimal investment in technique, producing a great coffee in around 4-5 minutes. Pretty much all you have to do is get the grind size right, get the pour over water temperature right and get the timing down.
With a little practice, patience, and the right tools, you can make coffee better than any automatic machine making this equipment one of your favorites.
The Hario V60 Coffee Dripper is one of our favorite pour over equipment. Easy to use and versatile enough to produce your own perfect cup of coffee.