How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee Using a V60

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee Using a V60

August 09, 2017

The pour over is a great brewing method choice because of its simplicity and variable control. It's easy to keep clean and it brews a great balanced cup. Learn from our Roastmaster Amanda how to brew a perfect cup of coffee using a V60 and add it to your morning routine. 


What You'll Need:

  • V60 Filter (we prefer bleached filters because of the papery taste that unbleached ones can leave off)
  • V60 
  • Grinder
  • Hot Water Around 205°F (great water=great coffee)
  • Medium to finely ground coffee
  • Scale
  • Timer
  • Mug

Preparation

Step 1) Bring water to boil using a kettle. We recommend a goose-neck kettle for the best precision. If you're using an electric kettle, set it to around 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2) Weigh out your coffee. For one cup we use 20 grams of coffee.

Pro Tip: Using ratios is the best method to ensure the greatest accuracy and consistency. We use a 15:1 water to coffee ratio. For every 1 gram of coffee, 15 grams of water is added. Play around with your ratios and find one that you enjoy most!

 

Step 3) Fold your filter along the edge to make a cone shape and place it in your V60. Rinse your filter by pouring hot water from your kettle and dump the remaining water. This will heat up your V60 and eliminate any papery taste you might get by not rising. 

Step 4) Grind your coffee to a medium to fine setting. Your coffee should be around the same consistency as table salt. Pour the ground coffee into your V60 so that the grounds look even. 

Step 5) Place the V60 and mug on top of a scale and tare it. Be sure your scale is set to grams. 

Get to Brewin'

Step 1) Start your timer and begin the blooming stage. Saturate all of your grounds with approximately double your weight of coffee with water (around 40-50 grams). Make sure all of your coffee is wet. Let the coffee "bloom" for around 30-45 seconds. This process will release the carbon dioxide and other gasses from your coffee that will help extract the flavor.

Step 2) Pour the rest of your water in circular motions very slowly until you hit your desired water weight. If you're using a 15:1 ratio, your water weight should come out to around 300 grams if you are using 20 grams of coffee. Be sure to avoid touching the paper filter with your water, doing so can add a paper flavor. Also, avoid pouring in the middle of the V60 so that your grounds can be evenly extracted. The more contact with the water to the coffee equals a better extraction. Pour slow and enjoy the aroma!

Step 3) Your brewing time should be under 3 minutes. Once the water stops to flow, discard the filter and rinse any residue from the V60. Keeping your brewers clean is a key element to great coffee.

Step 4) Enjoy!

Need Help?

Feel free to email our baristas at patrick@cafecortez.com & amanda@cafecortez.com with any questions you may have.

Want A Hands On Tutorial?

Come visit us on Saturdays at our tasting room (1030 E Vista del Cerro Dr 85281 Tempe, AZ) from 9 AM-5 PM and we can teach you our ways!