Chemex Brewing Guide
The preferred brew method at Coffee Afficionado. While Chemex pots take some skill, once mastered they produce a very bold yet clean coffee. For perfect preparation you will need: a Chemex Pot, Chemex filters, Fresh Coffee, Grinder (pref. Burr Grinder), and hot water. Mug of choice.
STEP 1: GRIND YOUR COFFEE
Using fresh ground coffee is your first step to a perfect cup of coffee. Try to get your hands on a quality burr (rather than blade) grinder. Using a burr grinder will ensure uniform ground coffee with consistency. When grinding your coffee for a Chemex it is important to use a medium/coarse grind. If coffee is to fine it will not penetrate through filter; to coarse and coffee will under extract.
STEP 2: INSERT PAPER FILTER AND FLUSH
Place a chemex filter into pot ensuring the fold opening is facing the spout. Pour approximately 1 cup of hot water into filter to rinse out any residual paper flavor. Once water drains slowing pour water out using the pouring channel.
STEP 3: ADD COFFEE TO POT
Make sure filter is snuggly sealed against the Chemex pot, smooth out any raised areas. For use with 6 cup chemex pot we recommend 6 tablespoons (1.5 oz or 42 grams) of coffee to 30oz. of water.
STEP 4: FIRST WATER INFUSION
Bring water to a boil. Once boiling remove from heat and set aside for 30 seconds, perfect brewing temp is 202 degrees. Once ready slowly added about 3 ounces of water; making sure to evenly saturate coffee. When using fresh coffee you will notice a blooming affect in the coffee. This expansion occurs as CO2 gasses release from the coffee shortly after adding water.
STEP 5: POUR SOME MORE
About 10-15 seconds after the completion of step 4 you will notice the coffee bloom crack. At this time add more water using a spiral pattern. Do not over fill filter. Your goal is to keep the water level 1 inch below the rim of the brewer. Stop pouring if water level gets to high. REPEAT UNITL YOU HAVE 30oz.
STEP 6: REMOVE FILTER
Once extraction has halted remove filter from brewer.
STEP 7: AN AWESOME CUP OF COFFEE
Pour and Enjoy!!