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.