Brew Guide: The Chemex

The Chemex is one of the most classic and efficient ways to make your coffee. Invented in the 1930s by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, this hourglass-shaped brewer comes with special filters that allow for a perfectly steeped pot. Not only does is the Chemex an excellent way to brew, it also looks really great on a countertop.
What you need: 
Chemex 6-cup brewer
Chemex filters
20 Ounces of Water 
8 tablespoons of coffee 

Step One: grind coffee

Coffee used in a Chemex should have the coarseness of sea salt. Chemex filters are thick so a fine grind would slow down the filtration process. 

Step Two: heat water

Bring water to 180-200°F in a kettle. Water should be just below boiling.

Tip: If you don't have a fancy kettle or even a thermometer, you may boil water on your stovetop, then let it sit around one and a half minutes. This should bring you right around 200.


Step Three: wet filter

Wetting the filter with warm water takes out the wood taste. 

Step Four: add coffee 

Add two tablespoons of coffee for every 6 oz. of water used.


Step Five: wet coffee 

Add water until coffee is fully submerged and wait for 30 seconds. This will allow the coffee to bloom, giving you the best flavor. 

Step Six: brew coffee 

In a slow circular motion from the outside ring to the inside, slowly pour water over the coffee. 

Step Seven: remove filter 

Wait for the water to move into the bottom of the brewer and then discard the filter. Then pour into a mug holding the wood collar. 




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