Are you Chemex curious but want some tips to dial in your brew? Check out our step-by-step guide to help you dial in your coffee. We love this brew method and that we can easily share with a friend or two! Instructions sans photos at the bottom.
- Set your water to boil. For optimal extraction, you want your water to be between 195-205 F, luckily the boiling point in Colorado!
- Measure 42g of coffee on your scale.
- Grind your coffee using a burr grinder. We use a grind a bit coarser than we use for a pour over and a bit finer than drip.
- Check out those grinds!
- Pre-wet your filter and add your freshly ground coffee.
- Give them a little shake to flatten the bed of grinds in your filter.
- Start pouring your water in a circular motion until you have 3x the water as grinds, so ~126g.
- Give the slurry a stir with a spoon or small whisk to look for any dry spots. No need to overstir, just poke around real quick.
- Let the coffee bloom for 45 seconds.
- Continue to pour the rest of the water in that circular motion, until you reach 748g of water.
- Use your spoon or whisk around the edge of the filter to disconnect any of the coffee grinds from filter side.
- Pick up your Chemex and rotate it in a circular motion a couple times to help the grind bed flatten.
- Wait! When your coffee has finished, notice how the bed of grinds is flat for a nice, even extraction.
- Give the final coffee a little swirl before pouring for you and your coffee buddy.