Manual brewing has never been about making coffee as fast as possible. If this were the case, millions of people would not be using pour-over coffee makers. The goal is to gain more control over the brewing process and the Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper offers just this.
Designed and manufactured in Japan, Hario is Japanese for “The King of Glass”. Read on to learn if this brewer is right for you. In this review, we’ll cover the good, the bad, and everything else in between.
The Hario V60 is for people who want to gain complete control over the brewing process. It’s best for experienced coffee drinkers or individuals with patience and a desire to learn. It took our team a couple of times to achieve the perfect brew. This device does tend to be unforgiving, requiring attention and detail while using. However, the final result consists of a brew that’s full of flavor.
The V60 coffee dripper did an excellent job retaining heat throughout the entire brewing process. The ceramic body and cone shape is not only easy on the eyes, but it really helped accentuate brews with floral notes. Because it’s made with only one single hole, you want to be aware of the speed of the water flow, since this will determine the ultimate coffee taste.
With this pour-over coffee maker, you’ll be able to determine the quality of your coffee. Our team did find it a bit difficult to use, however, once you master the grind size and pour rate, you better believe you’re going to receive a cup of joe unlike any other.
Moreover, we found a medium-fine to fine grind paired with a steady pour offers the ideal cup. If you pour the water too quickly, you’ll end up with sour, watery coffee. If you pour it too slowly, you may end up with a bitter, over-extracted cup. Just like many pour-over coffee drippers, you need to experiment until you get it just right.
The Hario V60 is very straightforward. To use, we placed the paper filter on the dripper, rinsed it with boiling water, placed 12 grams of ground coffee, and shook it lightly until it was level. Then, we began pouring the boiling water starting at the center and circling upward. The total extraction time took about 3 minutes (amount depends on the serving).
The ceramic V60 is available in two colors: red or white. Both styles gave us a feel for Japanese culture since they are simple and modest. They can be preheated with a little bit of hot water to keep coffee within the ideal temperature of 200℉.
We recommend the Hario V60 to anyone looking for a pour-over brewer that offers great heat retention and doesn’t plan to transport it from place to place. If you want something portable, go with a metal or plastic option.
The Hario V60 pour-over is a great manual option for those who enjoy controlling the brewing process from top to bottom. Having full control over this, means you decide on the brew. And due to the durable, ceramic body, this pour-over device will retain the heat, ensuring a constant temperature throughout the entire brewing process.
However, this isn’t a very easy device to master, so we’d recommend it to a more experienced crowd. If you’re a beginner, consider models like the Kalita Wave.
Experience the Hario V60 for yourself today!