How to Brew Coffee with the Chemex

Chemex Brew Guide by Pour Vida Coffee Roasters

Here at Pour Vida, we absolutely love the Chemex. It’s one of those timeless inventions that provides a simple solution to brewing coffee. The Chemex Coffeemaker has a very distinct shape. It is a manual, pour-over style glass-container coffeemaker that was invented by Peter Schlumbohm in 1941, and continues to be manufactured by the Chemex Corporation in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

What you need:

42g ( 6 Tablespoons) of Pour Vida House Roast coffee

8-cup Chemex

1 Chemex Filter

Hot water (205°F)

(Jennings CJ4000 4000g x 0.5g Digital Scale seen above)

Coffee Grinder
(Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill seen above)

Steps to Brew with the Chemex Coffee Maker

  1. Set your kettle to boil
  2. Preheat the brewer (otherwise it will pull the temperature out of the coffee while it’s brewing)
  3. Prepare the filter: you’ll notice the filter has multiple folds and a single fold. The multiple folds need to be going towards the spout.
  4. Pour hot water over the paper filter evenly around the edge to form a seal. Just enough for about an inch at the bottom of the Chemex. Discard the water and place the Chemex back on the heat.
  5. Pour in your coffee. The grind is about that of a table salt, not too course but not too fine.
  6. Zero out your scale
  7. Start your timer. Now begin to pour water from the kettle, about 150g of water
  8. Saturate grounds, stop pouring
  9. Stir out any dry clumps throughout the brew
  10. Wait around the 45 second mark to start your second pour
  11. Pour more hot water from your kettle to just about 1/2 inch above the rim.
  12. Wait another 45 seconds and fill to the top of the brewer in a spiral motion until you reach around 700g of water
  13. Now we wait! brew for about 4 minutes
  14. Remove the filter and place in your sink
  15. Now you have around two cups of Chemex coffee to enjoy
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