To those that don't know this little gem, we would like to introduce you to the Hario V60 white porcelain 2 cup dripper. Another great little brewer from Hario that produces really tasty coffee with amazing clarity. Its design is incredibly simple, essentially it's just a ribbed cone with a hole at the bottom... but it's more than that!
With a little practice you'll be pumping out well extracted brews all day long. The V60 uses (but does not come with) paper filters (that can be bought here) that help give the coffee amazing clarity and virtually no sediment. V60's are one of the best ways to produce single cups of coffee, and this 2 cup model makes from 300ml up to 500ml. With the V60 we usually find we like the flavour of higher doses a little more than other methods, and find 70-75g per litre works best.
A few key points to keep in mind with the V60:
To get the most out of this you really need to have a decent grinder (a blade grinder just won't work) and a gooseneck kettle similar to the Hario Buono or the BonaVita equivalent. The reason for this is because of the big hole at the bottom - the only resistance that the water has to stop it flowing out into your cup as soon as it's poured is the paper filter and the coffee. So the coffee grind here is everything, it's what you play with to extend the brewing time or speed things up if needed. Little changes to the grind make big changes in the cup. Once again, because of the big hole at the bottom, you need a good pouring kettle because you really need to be able to pour slowly and accurately - simply dumping water into this until it hits the top just doesn't work with the V60.
Did I mention scales? You also really need scales for this. We recommend scales for all forms of coffee preparation - we weigh everything, every time. It's the only way to be accurate and make recipes repeatable. Friends laugh, friends mock, but friends are fools. At the end of the day when you're the one drinking nice coffee time and time again, you know you're right - weigh everything!
Hario paper filters are available here.
BonaVita Gooseneck Kettle available here.
Some good examples of techniques to try available here.