The new Hario V60 Fretta Ice Coffee Maker has arrived! This brewer is designed to create deliciously sweet and rich cold brew in under 5 minutes. As summer has rolled around, we have been brewing batches of cold brew in the Clive showroom and are excited to share the results. The V60 Fretta contains a V60 dripper, 10 [02 sized] paper filters, a dispersion filter, and an ice chamber that sits inside a 700ml glass carafe. Similar to the pour over V60 brew method, this simply incorporates the dispersion filter and ice chamber to get an even distribution as the coffee slowly drips over the ice. The ice chamber sits directly in the center of the carafe, allowing for consistency as every drop hits the ice, cooling the coffee and filling the glass carafe.
For two cups (14 ounces or 500 ml) of cold brew we used a fairly high dose of 48 grams coffee (4 tablespoons, 1.7 ounces) set to a medium/fine grind. Heat your water to (195-205) degrees F as you would a traditional pour over, and make sure to allow a 30 second bloom time, then pour slowly and evenly until you reach 400 grams total weight (14 ounces). Remove the V60 cone and filter after 3-4 minutes. Stir the ice chamber to integrate and melt any remaining ice. Tasting the cold brew before adding any additional ice at this point gives you a clear, rich flavor. We used two different coffees: our Brazil Minas Gerais roast which had a great mouthfeel and full body, and Coavas’ Las Capucas which had more distinct fruity notes as well as hints of dark chocolate.
This brewing process is extremely fast, taking 3-4 minutes rather than other cold brew methods which can take 2-24 hours. Also compared to a traditional cold brew method, the Hario V60 Fretta Ice Coffee Maker gives you the benefits of heat extraction with lovely aromatics. The fact that you do not need to use an abundance of coffee for this method as in cold brew methods is another benefit. Unlike cold brew concentrates, this technique produces coffee that is best served promptly and does not need to be cut with additional water or cream.
This brewing process can be finicky, as it requires careful attention to detail. Traditional cold brew methods allow you to set up your brewing equipment and walk away, while proper temperature and pouring techniques are required with the V60 Fretta. Much like a hot pour over, the iced version contains the same amount of acidity.