At-Home Brew Guide: Chemex

by Jennifer Redmond

The Chemex has been around since 1941, and for good reason. It’s perfect for brewing delicious coffee for a number of people, and looks right at home in any kitchen or brew bar.

 

Equipment Required

  • Chemex
  • Gooseneck Kettle
  • Coffee
  • Hot water

 

 

Method

1. Get yourself some relatively coarse ground coffee, we recommend grinding as fresh as possible.

2. Put your filter in the Chemex with the thicker side toward the spout, this will help prevent the paper from tearing and the brew from choking up.

3. Rinse the filter with hot water to remove any papery flavours and heat up your Chemex.

4. Place 42g of coffee evenly in the filter.

5. Gently pour in 100g of water in a circular motion, just off the boil (96-98 degrees if you have a thermometer).

6. Give the coffee a swirl to ensure all grounds are wet. Wait 30 seconds before your next pour, this is called the bloom which allows trapped gasses to escape the coffee.

7. Gently pour in the remaining water in 3 batches of 200g, use the same circular motion until you’ve reached a total 700g.

8. Once all the water has run through, remove the filter paper, swirl your Chemex to mix the brew and enjoy!

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