What is the Hario v60 and why do people love it?

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Well before I thought of myself as a pourover person, I had a Hario v60 at work. I loved it although I didn’t always have time to make it when I was a young analyst. I really recommend the ceramic one.

The Hario V60 is quite popular in Japan. The company Hario, which is based in Japan, originally designed the V60 for the Japanese market. The V60’s cone shape and large hole at the bottom is based on the traditional Japanese pour-over method known as “kalita” which uses a similar cone shape with a small hole at the bottom, the V60 improves on this design by adding ridges on the inside of the cone which helps in the extraction of the coffee.

The Hario V60 is widely used by Japanese coffee shops and cafes, and is also popular among Japanese coffee enthusiasts who appreciate the device’s ability to produce a clean, balanced and flavorful cup of coffee. The V60’s popularity in Japan is also due to the fact that Hario, the company that manufactures it, is a well-established and respected brand in Japan’s coffee industry.

In recent years, the Hario V60 has also gained popularity in other countries and is now widely used by coffee enthusiasts and baristas worldwide. It’s considered as a versatile and easy to use brewing method that offers a high degree of control over the brewing process, allowing for a great range of coffee styles, from a light and clean cup to a rich and intense one.

The Hario V60 is a manual pour-over coffee brewing device that is known for its unique cone-shaped design. It is made of plastic or ceramic and has a large hole at the bottom and a series of small ridges on the inside of the cone.

To use a Hario V60, a paper filter is placed in the cone and then filled with a desired amount of finely ground coffee. Hot water is then poured over the coffee in a circular motion, allowing it to drip through the filter and into a mug or container. If you get unbleached filters, composting the filter and grounds keeps the setup pretty sustainable. At worst, they are biodegradable. I will say I haven’t found a great way to make the Hario v60 setup work without a paper filter.

The unique cone shape of the Hario V60 allows for maximum extraction of the coffee’s flavor and aroma, and the large hole at the bottom allows for a faster flow rate than other pour-over methods.

The Hario V60 is loved by many coffee enthusiasts because of its ability to produce a clean, balanced, and flavorful cup of coffee with a relatively low cost investment. The cone shape and the paper filters allow for a precise control over the brewing process and the final brew is less acidic than a French press.

Additionally, the Hario V60 is a relatively small and lightweight device, making it easy to transport and store. It also comes in a variety of materials, including ceramic, plastic and even copper, which makes it also a stylish addition to any kitchen.

Should I go with the Ceramic vs Plastic v60?

In terms of sustainability, the ceramic Hario v60 is generally considered more environmentally friendly than the plastic version. Ceramic is a natural material that is durable and long-lasting, and it can be reused and recycled at the end of its life. On the other hand, plastic is a synthetic material that can take hundreds of years to decompose, and it can release harmful chemicals into the environment as it breaks down.

In terms of quality, the ceramic Hario v60 is often preferred by coffee enthusiasts for its heat retention properties, which can help to ensure a consistent extraction and a better-tasting cup of coffee. Ceramic is also less likely to absorb odors and flavors than plastic, which can affect the taste of your coffee over time.

That being said, the plastic Hario v60 can still be a good choice for those who prioritize convenience and affordability, as it is lightweight and easy to clean, and it is typically less expensive than the ceramic version. Additionally, some plastic v60s are made from BPA-free materials, which can reduce the potential health risks associated with plastic.

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