Brew guide: Chemex

Learn how to brew a pure, smooth tasting coffee with a Chemex – one of the best designed products in modern times.

The Chemex is an aesthetically pleasing filter brewing device which has been described as “one of the best designed products in modern times”.

It is renowned for producing a pure, smooth tasting coffee.

Video guide:

Equipment for a 3 cup brew:

  • 3 cup Chemex
  • Filter paper
  • Kettle
  • 14g fresh ground coffee

Step 1
Fold filter paper (refer to Chemex instructions), position on the Chemex with the three layers of paper sitting on the side with the spout.

Step 2
Rinse the filter paper and heat the Chemex by pouring hot water through the filter. Discard the hot water (being careful not to lose the filter paper).

Step 3
Pour ground coffee into the Chemex. Your aim is to have the grounds sitting level in the filter.

Step 4
Gently pour hot water onto the coffee grounds. Using a circular motion, wind out from the centre until all of the grounds are saturated.

Step 5
You will notice the coffee ‘bloom’- this is when wet coffee puffs up into a golden-brown dome. Leave the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds.

Step 6
Continue to pour using a circular motion. Pause to let the coffee start to come through. Watch the coffee pour into the glass in steady, consistent drops. It shouldn’t be running through quickly, but not dripping too slowly either. Repeat this process.

Step 7
Stop once the colour of the coffee dripping from the cone has become pale, or you have enough brew for your taste.

Remember, when making coffee at home:

  • Fresh is best when it comes to coffee – we recommend buying your coffee in smaller quantities, more frequently.
  • We custom-grind for all brewing methods – just tell our staff how you make your coffee at home, or select your brewing method when you order online.
  • Use filtered water where possible.
  • Water should always be hot but not boiling, as boiling water will burn the coffee grounds. Aim for 92°c.
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