How-To's

Chemex

Recipe

Makes 2-3 Servings, 3:30–4:30 Min

  • Chemex 8-Cup

  • Paper Filter Chemex Square or Circular

  • Gooseneck Kettle

  • Scale Optional

  • 198º–205º F Water 24 oz (700 ml)

  • Medium-Coarse Ground Coffee 1.5 oz (43 g) – About 3 Tbsp

Great For

  • Clean Single Origin Coffees
  • Pour Overs for Two
  • Lighter, Brighter Roasts

The Chemex brewer is a design icon (part of MoMA's permanent collection) thanks to a quirky, eclectic mash-up of laboratory like features and natural materials. What makes Chemex truly unique, however, is the design of its proprietary bonded filters which are considerably heavier than others and result in an unmatched clean cup. This makes Chemex the perfect choice for enjoying more acidic or floral light roasted coffees that take on an almost tea-like quality. The learning curve is a little steeper than other methods but most home-brewers have no trouble after a little practice.

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    Step 1

    Prep Filter

    Unfold the filter with the three-fold side facing the spout. This is important to prevent the filter from collapsing into the spout when it gets wet.

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    Step 2

    Rinse

    Rinse the filter with plenty of hot water to help “seal” it against the glass and remove the papery taste—it also preheats your brewer. Discard this water and setup your brewer on a scale.

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    Step 3

    Add Grounds & Bloom

    Add your grinds and tare scale. Start a timer and slowly pour water equalling double the weight of the coffee (about 3 oz / 84 g). Make sure to saturate all the grounds, pouring over the lighter spots and avoiding the darker ones. Wait :30 seconds.

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    Step 4

    Pour

    Slowly pour water in a spiral motion until the water level reaches just below the top rim of the brewer. When the level drops by about an inch, pour again and repeated as need until you’ve used all the water.

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    Step 5

    Let It Drip

    Keep an eye on the water level as it drips and when you start to see the coffee grounds appear, remove the filter and let it drain in the sink (the last few drops of water can be a little bitter). The timer should read between 3:30–4:30 minutes

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    Step 6

    Serve

    Pour coffee into mugs and serve right away. To clean up, just dump the drained filter in the trash and rinse the Chemex with any still-hot water remaining in your kettle.