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Tropic Brew Guide: V60
Welcome to Tropic Coffee's guide to mastering the V60 brewing method. The V60 is a popular pour-over brewing device that allows coffee enthusiasts to unlock the delicate and nuanced flavours of specialty coffee. Let's get into it...
Before we embark on the V60 brewing journey, gather the following equipment:
Kettle: Maintaining the ideal water temperature is crucial for a successful pour-over. Ideally, you'd use a gooseneck kettle with precise temperature control, but if you don't have one, your standard Kettle will do the job.
Scale: Use a digital scale to measure your coffee and water accurately, ensuring a consistent brew and allowing you to experiment in future brews!
To get started with V60 brewing, follow this recipe as a foundation:
Coffee: 15g (about 3 tablespoons) of medium-ground coffee.
Water: 250ml (8.5 fluid ounces) of water, heated to around 92°C (198°F).
Brew Time: Approximately 2.5 to 3 minutes.
Boil and preheat: Boil water and let it cool for about 30 seconds to reach the desired temperature of around 92°C (198°F). Preheat your V60 dripper and decanter by rinsing them with hot water. This helps maintain consistent water temperature during brewing.
Measure: Weigh 15 grams of Tropic coffee beans. A medium consistency, similar to sea salt, is ideal.
Add coffee grounds: Place the V60 dripper on top of the decanter or coffee server. Add the ground Tropic coffee to the dripper, ensuring an even bed of coffee.
Bloom: Start the timer and pour twice the amount of water as the coffee grounds (30g) over the coffee in a circular motion. Allow the coffee to "bloom" for 30 seconds, enabling trapped gases to escape.
Begin pouring: After the bloom, slowly pour the remaining water in a circular motion, starting from the centre and spiralling outward. Maintain a steady pour, keeping the water level consistent without touching the edges of the filter.
Brew time: The entire brewing process should take around 2.5 to 3 minutes. Adjust your grind size or pour rate to achieve this target time.
Enjoy: Once the brewing is complete, the coffee will have dripped into the decanter. Remove the V60 dripper, give the decanter a gentle swirl to homogenise the flavours, and pour the coffee into your favourite mug.
Clean and repeat: Clean the V60 dripper and decanter, ready for your next V60 brew!
And that's it! With Tropic Coffee and a little practice, you can create a fantastic aromatic cup of coffee using the V60 pour-over kit. Enjoy!