The Chemex coffeemaker is an elegant, one piece hourglass shaped vessel made of high quality heat resistant glass.
The Chemex brews coffee using the infsion method, which makes it the most similar to drip coffee in terms of body and taste.
Chemex filters are 20/30% thicker than those used by pourover method. The result is a slower brew and a richer cup of coffee free from bitter coffee oils.
What you'll need:
Chemex paper filters
A kettle/pouring kettle
30g of coffee
530g of water
This recipe is for a Chemex 3-6 cup and the brewing ratio followed is 1:17/18 grams. If you wish to use different quantities of coffee and water in your recipe, please note that the strength and flavours in the cup will be affected by this.
Fill your kettle with filtered water and switch it on. If you have a temperature controlled kettle, heat the water to 95ºC - 96ºC. If not, heat the water to boiling and then wait a few minutes before using it.
Do not use distilled or chlorinated water as they will compromise the coffee flavours.
Weigh out 30 grams of coffee and grind to a coarse setting.
Place the paper filter in the Chemex and thoroughly rinse with hot water to remove any paper taste from the filter.
Empty the water from the server.
Position the Chemex on the scale and tare.
Pour the 30 grams of freshly ground coffee in the Chemex and level off.
Tare the scale.
Pour 100 grams of water and give the grounds a good stir to allow them to get fully wet.
As you start pouring the hot water on top of the ground coffee, start the timer.
Allow the coffee to ’bloom’ (or swell up) for 30 seconds.
After 30 seconds, start pouring more water on top of the ground coffee in a circular motion. Be careful not to pour on the walls of the brewer as this will compromise the extraction.
The final weight reading on the scale should be 500 grams.
Give the liquid a gentle swirl again and let it drip through.
The brew time from start to finish should be 3:30 - 5 minutes.
When the coffee bed is dry, discard the filter paper and spent ground coffee.
Swirl the coffee in the Chemex, serve and enjoy.
If the extraction is too long or too short make a small adjustment to the grind size. For this brewing method, we recommend using our light roast single origin beans.