Brew Guide: Chemex Coffee Maker

Chemex Brew Guide

Since 1941, Chemex has been brewing the best filtered coffee imaginable through a perfect blend of art and science. The unique properties of Chemex’s pure glass carafe ensure the natural flavour of your chosen coffee beans – and nothing else. Together with scientifically designed Chemex Bonded Filters, the Chemex pour-over brewing process delivers the perfect cup of coffee, without any sediments or bitter elements, enjoyed by coffee lovers around the world.

At first it might look like an intimidating science project – not to worry, we’ll teach you the simple basics of making coffee with Chemex.

What you need
Chemex Coffee Maker
Chemex Bonded Coffee Filter
Coffee grinder
Whole bean coffee
Kettle
Timer
Coffee mug

Step 1: Rinse and preheat

Chemex Brew Guide Step 1Open a Chemex Bonded Filter into a cone shape so that one side of the cone has three layers, and place it into the top of the Chemex brewer. The three-layer side should face the pouring spout. Pre-wet the filter with warm water to rinse and preheat the brewer. Once the water has drained through the filter completely, pour it out.

Step 2: Grind it out

Chemex Brew Guide Step 2Select your favourite whole bean coffee and grind it to medium coarse grind using a manual or electric coffee grinder. We recommend using a burr grinder because it delivers a more consistent size, allowing for a more even extraction and fuller bodied cup of coffee. Put one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee for every 5-oz of water into the filter cone – you can always adjust the ratio to suit your preferences.

Step 3: Let it bloom

Chemex Brew Guide Step 3Pour a small amount of hot water (just off boil, about 205ºF) over the coffee grounds to wet them. We recommend using the Hario V60 Buono Drip Kettle or Bonavita Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle for gentle and precise pouring. Gently stir with spoon or stir stick to ensure coffee grounds are completely saturated. Wait 30 seconds for the grounds to “bloom” releasing the most desirable coffee elements from the grounds.

Step 4: First pour

Chemex Brew Guide Step 4After the grounds bloom, pour hot water over the grounds in a gentle sprial motion. Keep the water level well below the top of the Chemex (quarter inch or more). Pour over the dark spots and avoid the light ones.

Step 5: Brew

Chemex Brew Guide Step 6Slowly pour the remaining water over the coffee grounds, using a gentle spiral motion as you pour to ensure an even soaking of the grounds. Once the desired amount of coffee is brewed, lift the filter with spent grounds out of the brewer and discard.

Step 6: Serve and enjoy

Chemex Brew Guide Step 7Pour your freshly made coffee into your favourite coffee mug and enjoy!

One thought

  1. We have a Chemex at home now since a little while and I must say I am thrilled. Ever since the making is so very convenient and on a long Sunday morning when I take my time finishing and the coffee got cold I can simply and quickly reheat it.. Straight in the Chemex. That’s one of the most fabulous things I’d say! 😉

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