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You might have seen: Pact Coffee is on TV! If you’re a Pact Coffee newbie, then maybe you’re joining us for the first time - wielding your funnel thingy, and wondering exactly what it actually is…

Well, we’re here to clear that up. First things first, it’s actually called a V60. It’s a teal-toned thing of beauty, and one of our favourite ways to brew filter coffee.

TV advert

What is the Hario V60? And why is it called that?

The Hario V60 is a coffee dripper, harnessing the power of gravity to create quality cups of coffee. It’s easy to use, and even easier to clean - just add a paper filter, wet it, add a scoop of medium-ground coffee, and add water! Then when you’re done, you can pop the filter and grounds in the compost.

It’s called a V60 for two simple reasons: it’s in a V shape, and it’s at a 60 degree angle. See? Simple!

But that’s not just for aesthetic reasons - though it is a great addition to any stylish kitchen counter. The angle allows water to flow evenly to the centre, which lets the water and coffee grounds get more contact time.

Most V60s are ribbed too, spiralling from top to bottom, which gives more space for the coffee to ‘bloom’ (that’s what it’s called when it starts bubbling - that’s carbon dioxide escaping, which is a sign of freshness!).

But isn’t plastic a bad thing?

We all know there’s way too much single-use plastic in the world. But the beauty of the Hario V60 is that it’s not single-use. In fact, it’s potentially thousands and thousands of uses!

Though you can get ceramic and metal V60s, plastic is still the winning choice. And that’s for two main reasons:

  • It’s durable: travel with it, knock it on the floor, shove it in a cupboard, forget about it in a box for years then pull it out again. It’s built to last!
  • It’s heat-resistant: the metal versions singe your fingers, and the ceramic ones being too cold (or getting too hot) affects the extraction - plastic is just right though

So how do you actually use a V60?

Thankfully, the V60 has everything included with it that you need: filters, and a measuring scoop (so there’s no need to faff around with scales)!

We’ve put together a V60 guide here, both video and step-by-step instructions, presented by our very own Head Roaster, Stephen!

Brew guide still

Here’s our additional tips for getting the best cup of coffee possible out of it:

  • Use medium-ground coffee, as other grind sizes could make the coffee taste dull or too bitter
  • Fold your paper filter along the seams, so it sits properly in the V60
  • Rinse your paper filter before brewing with hot water, to get rid of the ‘papery’ taste and pre-heat your V60
  • Wait 60 seconds after your kettle’s boiled, for the optimum temperature
  • Pour the water in circles (a normal kettle will do!) to make sure you properly submerge all the coffee grounds - go counterclockwise, to agitate the grounds more
  • Experiment with water - your coffee:water ratio, the temperature, speed of pouring - to find the results you like the most

What about brewing more than one cup of coffee?

Aren’t you generous (or greedy!). If you’ve seen our ad, you might have spotted this stylish little number:

Glass server

Hario don’t just make excellent brewing tools. They’re also experts when it comes to glassware. The Hario V60 glass server is the ultimate companion piece, letting you brew more than one cup of coffee at a time. Just add an extra scoop of coffee, and double the water, and you can brew two big mugfuls of coffee at once!