V60 Brewing Ideas
The V60 is an excellent method if you want a lot of clarity in your coffee without sacrificing the body. Compared to other percolation methods, the V60 handles a finer grind for very even extraction, so you can make a pretty robust cup that still has a lot of nuance. For larger batches you’ll want to grind more coarsely to keep the brew time down. Since the grind is generally finer than the Chemex, increasing brew time will result in over extraction more rapidly.
V60 cones come in different materials. Plastic and ceramic retain heat well, whereas metal is very durable. Note that metal tends to feel hotter because it conducts heat away from the water, rather than providing insulation. Ceramic definitely looks good and feels premium, but if you travel plastic might be a better option offering both heat retention and decent durability.
What you need:
Vessel for V60 to sit on
Kettle (preferable gooseneck)
How to brew:
Starting ratio: 1:16
Time: 3 minutes, or a little less
1. Begin by folding over the seam on the filter to make it lie flush in the cone. Rinse with hot water and dump the excess water.
2. Add your grounds (we recommend starting with 20g), start your timer, and pour 40g of water over the grounds, just wetting them all. This is called the bloom. Let the coffee bloom and expand a bit for about 30-45 seconds before continuing your brew. This allows the coffee to release some gases before you continue to saturate the grounds.
3. After your bloom, pour 80g of water in a circle pattern over the ground without pouring onto the filter walls. This will establish the height that each subsequent pour should reach, but not exceed.
5. This will be followed by 4- 50g pours every 30 seconds or so.
6. Compost your filter and grounds!
Things to try:
Once you get the hang of a certain ratio, try increasing the strength to see how strong you like a specific coffee. At Vertex we like making a really rich cup with about a 1:13 ratio.
Try adjusting the volume of your pour. Maybe a stronger early pour with lighter later pours produces a cup that is balanced more how you like it.