Chemex Brew Guide
(Makes 2 cups, 25oz)
- Weigh 50 grams of coffee
- Insert the filter and rinse with hot water (white filters preferred). This helps to heat up the Chemex and rinse away the papery taste of the filter
- Grind the coffee coarse (roughly a French press grind)
- Measure out 750ml/25oz water just off the boil
- Pour just enough water to wet the grounds and let bloom for 30–40 seconds
- Starting in the middle and circling outwards, pour the water pretty aggressively to the rim of the Chemex, making sure all of the grounds are saturated
- Repeat this process until you've finished pouring the water. Finish pouring between 2:00–2:15
- The entire brew process should take 3:30–4:00
The iconic Chemex Coffeemaker was invented in 1941, but has made a comeback in recent years as the best cafes realize the superiority of this simple brewing method. Made simply from non-porous, borosilicate glass and fastened with a wood collar and tie, the design has remained unchanged for 70 years. This elegant, one-piece, hourglass shaped vessel, has proven to be the optimal design for a crisp, clean brew. We find it highlights our best coffees' sweetness and nuance as well as any method, without any sediment in the cup. It is also a fantastic device for brewing iced coffee!
The visual elegance of the Chemex has earned it a place in teh permanent collection of New York's Corning Museum of Glass. It was also selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times. The Chemex is truly a work of art, and the perfect blend of design and function!