Chemex is an artisanal, manual pour over method known for brewing an exceptionally clean and delicate cup. In this brew method, the filter sits flush against the glass walls of the server and slows down the brew time. Chemex paper filters are designed to prevent sediment and other “undesirable compounds” from entering the extracted coffee.
Chemex Fun Facts:
- Invented in 1941 and is manufactured by the Chemex Corporation in Massachusetts, which has been family owned and operated since 1980.
- Chemex is a flawless blend of design and function. A testament to this fact it's part of several permanent museum collections including the MOMA design collection and New York's Corning Museum of Glass
- The Chemex® coffeemaker was also selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times.
Recommended Brewing Instructions:
6 Cup Chemex
35g coffee ground medium/coarse, or about the consistency of kosher salt
520g of water heated to just over 200 degrees
- Place a folded Chemex filter in the brewer with the layered side against the spout.
- Pre-wet the filter with hot water then empty any residual water from Chemex
- Put ground coffee in cone and tap to evenly distribute the coffee
- Slowly add 70g of water to pre-wet and create your bloom, making sure to wet all of the coffee grounds.
- After the bloom begins to turn concave, pour water in a circular motion, in 100g increments, keeping the water level roughly level.
- During the brew process, be mindful not to let the coffee go dry at any point. Make sure to pour the new water over the grounds and not down the wall of the filter.
- The optimal brew time of around 4 minutes, but no longer than 5.
Learn how to make the perfect cup of coffee with a Chemex using our Chemex Brew Guide video: