I’ve been investing and experimenting with filter brewed coffee much more in recent weeks at home (sadly not at the cafe …yet), with my new Chemex and one cup Hario V60, and am beginning to get some great results!

Initially I made the mistake of trying to brew with the Hario like my other Melitta-style pour over, in a kind of ‘pour and fill’ way, resulting in very quick pours. I instantly assumed I would simply need to grind much finer than usual, but researched pourover brewing and soon learned it was necessary to adopt a very different, more subtle pouring technique for the V60 …which may also generate positive results for the Chemex, etc. After buying my new brewers, I couldn’t justify the Hario Buono pouring kettle at about £45 on top to accompany them, so (after trying to modify stove top kettle with a spout, with limited success!) I searched for something that would do the same thing at a more affordable price, and looked at a range of orchid watering cans, teapots, oil pourers and kettles, before Claire suggested an oil drizzler by Kitchen Craft (which I then also spotted on a post by Tristan Stephenson). I now have the 1 litre version, which is superb, and, on a budget, almost the same as the Buono kettle, I’m sure. It’s allowing controlled pouring of the water, and an ‘unfurling’ of the grounds in the filter after the initial bloom, with great results.

Now I’ve dialed the grind back up for the V60, even coarser than I used to use (but still finer than french press), and am hoping to do more with the Chemex soon too, thus continuing to gradually improve my knowledge of filter technique and brewing, from where it was before.

Had a great cup today of Square Mile washed Yirgacheffe through the V60:

14g grounds
20g water added for 30 second bloom at a starting temp of 93.5C
About 260g water added over a total brew time (including bloom, after adding water for bloom) of about 2 minutes 40 seconds
With the brew weighing about 225g in the cup.

This coffee is fantastic – different things emerge with each slightly different brew – so light and floral and delicately complex!

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