Chemex is perfect for bringing out the complexities of lighter roasted, more nuanced coffees and creates an infinitely smooth, clean cup.
The Chemex filters are much more densely woven than traditional coffee filters. They help to regulate the flow of coffee while removing much of the body and coffee oils. The filter slows down the flow of water passed through it, resulting in a better developed flavour.
|What you need|
Things to note before you brew
- To extract the maximum flavours from your coffee, we recommend freshly grinding your beans just before brewing
- The type of water you use can affect the quality of your brew. Traditional hard water can distort the coffee flavours so use filtered water where you can.
Step 1. Unfold your Chemex filter paper and place it on top of the Chemex ensuring the 3 fold is facing the pouring lip.
Step 2. Boil your kettle and gently pour hot water onto the filter paper, ensuring it is fully soaked. The seals the filter into place and removes and papery taste. Discard the water by pouring it out (Do not remove the filter paper when getting rid of the water)
Step 3. Weigh out 36g of freshly roasted coffee beans or pre-ground coffee. For whole beans, grind them medium coarse (think sea salt size).
Step 4. Pour your ground coffee onto the Chemex filter paper and gently shake the brewer back and forth to level the grounds.
Place your Chemex onto a scale. Start your timer and gently pour 70g of hot water in a swirling manner onto the coffee bed, ensuring all the grounds are evenly wet. Wait for 45sec. This is the blooming phase, which releases any trapped gas from the coffee. Enjoy the aromas whilst your coffee blooms.
Pour the rest of the 530g of water in spiral pattern, avoiding the edges and the centre. If the water level reaches the top of the Chemex, wait a little for the water to drain before pouring more water.
Allow all the water to drain through the filter, then remove the filter and discard. Pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!
Troubleshooting & FAQ
Q. My Chemex took shorter than 03:00 or longer than 4:00.
A. If your total drain time was shorter than 03:00 then you're grind is probably too coarse. Try grinding slightly finer for next time. If your total time was greater than 04:00 then you're probably grinding too fine. Try and grind slightly coarser for next time. Remember, practice makes perfect.