I drank the single best cup my own two hands have prepared yesterday. What is the difference?
The Hario V60 Coffee Dripper.
This post is for encouraging good coffee and good fun.
The process described and prescribed :
23 grams of a locally roasted 5 bean blend, ground by hand since I am too cheap to buy an electric grinder just for the shop.
Heated water is poured on the paper filter rinsing it, also preheating the glass server.
With the ceramic dripper and the glass server on a scale I pour 48 g of filtered water heated to 200 Fahrenheit. They call this the Bloom. This activates the grounds and releases some CO2 from the coffee which aids in proper extraction.
After 30 seconds of the bloom period the remainder of the water is poured in concentric circles.
Total grounds: 23 grams
Total water: 400 grams
Total brewing time: 2:20 minutes
People change these variables to create what they consider the ultimate brew. More/ less grounds or water, finer or coarser grind, slower pouring, longer/ shorter bloom period, total brew time ... this list goes on and for some is journey of a lifetime.
I thought about making a video, not sure if I will. There are some amazing videos on Youtube and Vimeo already. The video embedded below succinctly and beautifully shows the pouring process. I have probably watched a few hours of people making coffee this week.