One year ago, I could say I didn’t even really like coffee. I’d go for a flavored latte or (*gasp*) a Starbucks frappuccino. But I just hadn’t found what I liked yet. This has been a fun journey so far, and I’m constantly finding there are so many options and different ways of coffee out there. That leads me to one of my current favorite brewing methods: the pourover. And I like it black… I know right?
Just go try one. It’s amazing how different brewing methods bring out certain qualities from the coffee. One of the first I’ve tried and love in Denver are roasts from Corvus Coffee (like La Cruz!) and Huckleberry Roasters (mmm Phantom Limb…) I’ve been making pourovers at home too, and it’s not as hard as it seems. What totally uninterested and intimidated me a year ago is now a current daily routine, so I picked it as my first brewing method to share with you.
How to Brew: V60 Pourover
- Set Up:
Grind about 22g coffee for a 10oz cup, medium fine. Set your mug & V60 on a scale. Pre-wet your filter with hot water right off the boil and toss that water out. Add your grounds. We’re using a Hario V60 (white glass) with a metal cone filter instead of a paper one.
After you’re set up, start your timer and pour double your coffee (so 44g) of hot water to wet the grounds. Let it “bloom;” this should take about 40 seconds or until the grounds stop swelling. Some like to stir here too.
Now pour your water slowly in circles in the center, keeping the brewer 4/5 full until it fills the cup, reaching a total 336g water. Some take their time, pausing every so often, others pour it all in the center and wait out the pour. Just make sure to submerge all your grounds. Total time should be around 2min, 50secs (with bloom). If it went way too fast (or it tastes weak), your grinds are too coarse (and if it’s super slow or it tastes bitter, they’re too fine).
Wait for your coffee to drain, and you’ve got a lovely pourover! Play around with the variables and see what works the best for your brew. Some people even use 25- 30g of coffee with 350-500g of water up to 3:30sec. Ask your baristas what they prefer to do with your favorite coffee.
Try it out and let me know what you think! What are your pourover tips or favorite coffees for this brewing method? Comment below!