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.

Boil your water. 195-205* is the optimal temperature for coffee extraction…in Fort Collins, water boils around 202* – perfect!

 

Measure out 42 grams of your favorite coffee.

 

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, giving 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. Then 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. 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.

Full Instructions

  1. Set your water to boil. For optimal extraction, you want your water to be between 195-205 F, luckily the boiling point in Colorado!
  2. Measure 42g of coffee on your scale.
  3. 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.
  4. Check out those grinds!
  5. Pre-wet your filter and add your freshly ground coffee.
  6. Give them a little shake to flatten the bed of grinds in your filter.
  7. Start pouring your water in a circular motion until you have 3x the water as grinds, so ~126g.
  8. 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.
  9. Let the coffee bloom for 45 seconds.
  10. Continue to pour the rest of the water in that circular motion, until you reach 748g of water.
  11. Use your spoon or whisk around the edge of the filter to disconnect any of the coffee grinds from filter side.
  12. Pick up your Chemex and rotate it in a circular motion a couple times to help the grind bed flatten.
  13. Wait! When your coffee has finished, notice how the bed of grinds is flat for a nice, even extraction.
  14. Give the final coffee a little swirl before pouring for you and your coffee buddy.