The v60 pour over is a no-frills method of brewing a delicate and complex cup of coffee. To start you will need a v60, paper filter, kettle, food scale and coffee grinder (or ground coffee).
Grind your coffee to a coarseness resembling sea salt. In order to obtain the proper extraction and flavor extraction of the coffee, we recommend 18 grams of coffee for every 300 grams of water.
Place the paper filter into the v60 and place the v60 on your mug of choice for enjoying delicious coffee. Dose the filter with hot water. In doing this you eliminate the paper taste and preheat both the v60 and the cup.
Place the v60 and cup onto the food scale and add the ground coffee to the filter (remember we recommend 18 grams of coffee for every 300 grams of water). Gently tap the v60 to level off the surface of the grounds.
Now it is time to pour hot water over the coffee grounds. There will be a total of 3 pours for 300 grams of brewed coffee. The first (and most important/magical) pour is called the “bloom.” During the “bloom” as the hot water first hits the coffee grounds, Co2 is released creating a blossoming effect as the grounds rise up and bubble. The “bloom” requires adding 60 grams of hot water to the grounds in slow, circular motions working from the very center outwards. Once all the grounds are saturated, wait about 30 seconds before pouring more water. This allows the Co2 to escape to achieve the perfect extraction.
After the “bloom”, you will hit the grounds with more water (roughly 90 grams) in the same circular motion starting from the center and working outwards. Make sure that all the grounds are covered, but be careful not to directly hit the edges of the paper filter. The hope for this pour is to sink all the grounds floating on the surface to the bed of the filter, creating a gentle turbulence that “stirs” the coffee to get a more even extraction from the grounds.
As the mixture from the second pour slowly drips and drops to the bottom of the filter, you will notice that grounds cling to the sides of the paper filter. This is called the “shore line”. As you pour the additional water in the same pattern, be sure not to overfill the grounds over the shore line. Because of this you may need to pour a fourth time to get to a total of 300 grams.
After the coffee mixture has completely drained from the v60, there is only one thing left to do: pour and enjoy!
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The Combini Team