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Brew Guide: V60

Mozzo Coffee | 10 July, 2023

V60 brewing kit with a Mozzo coffee bag

Developed by the Japanese company Hario in 2004 to offer a more nuanced and controlled coffee brewing experience, the V60 is a great introduction for those looking to have complete control over their coffee extraction process. Innovative and versatile, this brewing method allows you to perfect your pour by experimenting with different grind sizes, coffee doses, water temperatures and brew times. With a little bit of practice and tweaking, you can craft a coffee that is uniquely tailored to your taste preferences. Now, let’s brew the perfect cup of coffee the Mozzo way.

Before you begin:

  • Coffee dose: 16-18g
  • Water: 250ml (yields one cup)
  • Brew time: 3-3.5 minutes
  • Grind size: medium 

What you’ll need:

  • 16-18g freshly ground coffee beans
  • V60 and filter paper
  • Coffee cup/decanter
  • Kettle
  • Filtered water
  • Weighing scale and timer

Step 1: Boil your water

Start out by boiling your water. It will need to sit for a moment to ensure it comes down to the optimum temperature for brewing coffee – between 92-96°C.

Top tip: we recommend using filtered water to extract the best flavour from your coffee. 

Step 2: Rinse the filter & pre-heat your cup

Pop your filter paper into your V60 and give it a quick rinse with freshly boiled water. This step will remove any potential papery taints and open up the fibres of the paper, allowing for better extraction of your coffee. Pop some hot water into your cup or decanter - dispose of it once the vessels are warm.

Top tip: pour-over methods are known to lose a fair amount of heat during the brewing process so preheating your cup/decanter will help to prevent a large drop in temperature. 

Step 3: Weigh & grind coffee

Weigh 16-18g of coffee and grind it to a medium grind size similar in consistency to caster sugar (if not already pre-ground). 

Step 4: Bloom the coffee

Place your ground coffee into the filter paper and pour about 45-50ml of water over it, trying to cover all coffee grinds evenly. Start your timer from the moment the water hits the coffee. 

Did you know? This initial step is known as 'blooming'. It saturates the coffee grinds, making them expand and release CO2, thereby facilitating better and more even extraction. 

Step 5: Pour and enjoy

Allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds, then add the rest of the water in 2 doses of about 100ml each. Pause for 10 seconds between each 100ml dose to allow a portion of the water to pass through the grinds. While pouring, make sure to maintain a consistent circular motion to agitate the coffee grinds and enhance the brewing process. 

Target brew time: the ideal total brew time, including the blooming process, should be between 3-3.5 minutes.

Personalise your brew

Manipulating the grind size and dose will extract different flavours from your coffee. Personalise your brew to your tastes: 

Adjust your grind: coarser grinds will produce a lighter-bodied brew, while finer grinds will give you a fuller-bodied coffee. 

Adjust your dose: by changing the dose of coffee you use, you can adjust the strength of your coffee to your liking.