The V60 Dripper gets its name from the 60-degree angle created by the cone’s shape.
The Hario company, founded in Japan in 1921, invented the V60 in the 1950s. Previously they were specialized in heat-resistant glassware for scientific research purposes. Prototypes for the V60 began in the 1950s during the rise in demand for various home-brew filter machine designs and was released for commercial sale in different materials in the 1980s. In 2004 the design was revisited to add the signature ribs that lift the paper filter off the sides and a larger hole, both features provide a faster flow and more clarity in the cup.
V60 is a pour over method. That means water passes through the ground coffee bed by gravity. The paper filter is slightly thinner than that of a Chemex, yielding a little more body, yet letting through many complex aromatics and solubles. We appreciate this brewer’s simplicity and beauty, and it’s versatility to yield one or two cups. It requires an attentive and consistent pouring technique to ensure all the coffee grinds get coated evenly.