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.
Step 1: Rinse and preheat
Open 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
Select 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
Pour 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
After 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
Slowly 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
Pour your freshly made coffee into your favourite coffee mug and enjoy!