The Chemex is a type of pour-over coffee maker that is known for producing a clean, flavorful cup of coffee. To brew coffee using a Chemex, you will need the following items:
- Chemex coffee maker
- Chemex filters
- Ground coffee (a medium to coarse grind works best for Chemex brewing)
- Water (filtered or bottled water is recommended for the best flavor)
- Scale (optional, but helpful for precise measurement)
- Timer (optional, but helpful for timing the brew process)
To brew coffee using a Chemex, follow these steps:
Boil water: Bring a pot of water to a boil, then let it cool for a minute or two before brewing. The ideal brewing temperature for coffee is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
Preheat the Chemex: Place the Chemex on your counter and add a filter to the spout. Rinse the filter with hot water to remove any paper flavor and preheat the Chemex. Discard the rinse water.
Grind the coffee: Measure out the desired amount of coffee beans and grind them to a medium to coarse consistency. A good starting point is about 60 grams of coffee for every liter of water.
Add the ground coffee to the Chemex: Place the ground coffee in the filter-lined Chemex. Tap the Chemex gently to level out the coffee bed.
Begin pouring the water: Start the timer and begin pouring a small amount of water over the coffee grounds, just enough to wet them. Let the coffee bloom (release gases) for about 30 seconds.
Continue pouring the water: Slowly pour the rest of the water over the coffee, trying to evenly distribute it over the grounds. Aim for a brewing time of about 3-4 minutes.
Remove the filter and discard: When the brewing is complete, remove the filter and discard it. Pour the brewed coffee into your mug or carafe and enjoy!
Remember to adjust the amount of coffee and the brewing time to taste, as these variables will affect the strength and flavor of the final brew. Experimenting with different ratios and brewing times can help you find the perfect cup of coffee using your Chemex.