Hugo's Chemex Brew Guide

chemex brew guide

If you're looking for smooth, clean-tasting coffee, you need a Chemex coffeemaker. These amazing pour-over machines let you make a lot of top-quality coffee in almost no time at all.

So, what's so special about the Chemex, and how can you brew with one? We're going to take a look at this one-of-a-kind coffeemaker and give you a full brew guide to help you out.

Ready to find out more? Read on and get brewing!

What Is a Chemex?

The Chemex is a gorgeous coffeemaker that puts other pour-over designs to shame. Resembling a beaker with a wooden collar, secured with a leather binding, it's such an aesthetically-pleasing design that it features in the Musem of Modern Art's collection.

It comes in a variety of sizes, with some versions also featuring a small handle. What makes the Chemex so special, other than its design, are the Chemex filters.

These are much larger than regular filter papers and are thicker too. This means that the Chemex can filter out oils from your coffee, leaving you with a smoother and cleaner tasting cup of joe. If you love savoring the delicate tastes of artisan coffee, the Chemex will have you on a caffeinated cloud nine.

Chemex Brew Guide

Brewing with a Chemex doesn't require any unique technique but to get the very best coffee, you need to follow a set routine. Let's take a closer look.

1. Grinding Your Beans

When you grind your beans, you don't want a super fine grind. The hot water will just turn it to mud. Your coffee should resemble kosher salt, which means a relatively coarse grind. 

2. Weigh Out Your Beans and Water

To make two large mugs of coffee, you will need 700 grams of water and 50 grams of coffee. You can alter according to taste, but this is a good starting point.

3. Getting Started

Arrange your filter so that one side has three layers. Put this side of your filter against the spout of your Chemex. Add a little hot water to saturate, gently swirl your Chemex, then pour the water out.

4. Letting Your Coffee Bloom

Add your coffee and gently shake to ensure there's an even layer of coffee across the filter. Add a little hot water and let it saturate: this allows your coffee to bloom, helping to release more flavor. 

5. Add More Water

Start adding more hot water, swirling in a spiral from the center of your grounds. Make sure that you don't pour boiling water directly onto the filter, as this will give your coffee a papery taste. You can add around 200 grams of water per pour.

Repeat this process until you've poured all your water and allow it to drip through. 

6. Finishing Up

Now, all you need to do is remove the filter paper and enjoy!

Take Your Coffee to the Next Level

We hope you've enjoyed this Chemex brew guide! Brewing with a Chemex is far from difficult. As long as you use coarsely ground coffee and don't mind taking the time to brew up, it can give you incredible, smooth coffee.

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