Review: The HARIO V60
Amanda Norcross • June 16, 2021
Curious to try the HARIO V60? We have everything you need to know about this popular coffee dripper, from the pros and cons (because every coffee brewing method has them) to comparisons with similar products.
HARIO V60: What Is It?
Made in Japan, the HARIO V60 is a coffee dripper. It operates similarly to a drip coffee machine, but doesn’t require electricity. The carafe is made of heat-resistant glass, while the funnel (the actual V60) is ceramic or plastic. While the HARIO V60 requires patience and attention, it’s fairly easy to use and makes a clean cup of coffee every time.
HARIO V60: How Much Does It Cost?
You can find the HARIO V60 at home goods stores and online, including Amazon. The HARIO V60 02 (which is the standard size) is about $25. You'll pay a bit less for the smaller version (the 01), and a bit more for the largest size (the 03).
HARIO V60: How to Use It
Approximate Brewing Time: 2:45-3:30 minutes
Step 1: Fold your filter at the dotted line and place it inside of the dripper.
Step 2: Rinse the filter with boiling water to remove the paper smell/taste and heat the dripper.
Step 3: Pour freshly ground coffee into the filter. Start with a 1:15 coffee-to-water ratio (20g in, 300g out), brewing for 2:45 to 3:30 minutes. You can also use our coffee calculator to figure out the best ratio for your needs.
Step 4: Tap the dripper on the side lightly to ensure the ground bed is even.
Step 5: Gently pour just-off-the-boil water into the filter, starting in the center of the coffee and working your way out. (It's important to have a slow, controlled pour, which is why we recommend using a gooseneck kettle when making coffee with the HARIO V60.) Your first round of water should be double your weight of coffee (i.e. if you’re using 18g of coffee, add 36ml of water). Let steep for about 30 seconds. This is the bloom period in which the coffee bed should swell and rise.
Step 6: Pour your next round of water in the same concentric fashion and use around half of your remaining water; repeat this for your last round of water to finish up with your goal weight of coffee.
Step 7: Let the water finish dripping, then remove the funnel and give the carafe a swirl to mix together the coffee.
Step 8: Serve and enjoy!
HARIO V60: How to Clean It
It’s best to hand wash the HARIO V60 with mild soap and warm water. If it’s extra dirty, you can try a mix of baking soda and water to clean it.
HARIO V60: Pros & Cons
Hario V60: Q&A
What’s the difference between the Hario V60 01, 02 and 03?
There’s a minimal price difference between the three HARIO V60 sizes. The only true design difference is the amount of coffee each one can make:
Tip: ‘Cups’ as defined by the brand are very modest; for reference, from our experience, the V60 02 (which is considered the standard) can comfortably make 600 ml of coffee, though you’ll get a better coffee if you make 300 to 400 ml.
What kind of filters need to be used for the HARIO V60?
HARIO makes filters for its V60, available on its website, Amazon and elsewhere online. While HARIO makes corresponding filters for each size of the V60 (01, 02 and 03), it’s fine to mix and match; you may just have to cut down the filter a bit if it’s too large.
HARIO V60: Comparisons
We talked to our friend, James Hyslop, co-founder of The Coffee Folk, to understand the differences between the HARIO V60 and other popular pour over methods.
HARIO V60 vs. Chemex
- Design: The V60 is a standalone filter that can sit on top of a coffee mug or carafe, while the Chemex is a single piece of blown glass that includes both the filter and the decanter.
- Taste: Chemex uses a particularly thick filter paper. which makes for a cleaner (albeit slower) brew with less coffee oils. The HARIO V60 also uses a paper filter, but this tends to be thinner and as such, has a quicker brew time.
- Capacity: While even an 02-sized V60 may be able to make coffee for four people at once, the larger Chemex makes more coffee and is better for making coffee for a group.
HARIO V60 vs. Kalita Wave
- Design: While the V60 has a single large hole at the bottom of the brewer, the Kalita Wave has three smaller holes within a flat base. A V60 is sometimes referred to as a conical brewer, while the Wave is a flat-bottomed brewer.
- Extraction: Due to the large single hole, the V60 tends toward a faster extraction and is less forgiving. The speed of extraction is governed exclusively by the size and consistency of the grind and the pouring technique. The Kalita Wave operates similarly to a pressurized portafilter and the three small holes make for a more even extraction. For this reason, the Kalita Wave can be a far more forgiving brewer that 'protects' you from technical mistakes if you're just entering the pour over scene.
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