Here are some simple steps to help you brew coffee at home using a Chemex:
- Begin by boiling water in a kettle. You’ll need enough water to fill the Chemex and rinse the filter.
- While the water is boiling, place a Chemex filter into the top of the Chemex, with the triple-folded side facing the spout. This helps to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your coffee.
- Rinse the filter with hot water, pouring the water in a circular motion to evenly saturate the filter. This also preheats the Chemex and removes any paper taste from the filter.
- Discard the rinse water, and add your ground coffee to the filter. The general ratio for brewing coffee with a Chemex is 1:15 (1 gram of coffee for every 15 milliliters of water), but you can adjust this to your personal preference.
- Once the water has boiled, let it cool slightly for about 30 seconds before pouring it over the coffee grounds. Start by pouring a small amount of water over the coffee to let it “bloom” or expand for 30 seconds.
- Slowly pour the remaining water over the coffee, in a circular motion, keeping the water level consistent and allowing the coffee to drip through the filter. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
- Once all the water has passed through the filter and the coffee has finished dripping, discard the used filter and grounds.
- Pour the brewed coffee into your favorite mug, and enjoy!
- After you’re done brewing and enjoying your coffee, make sure to clean your Chemex thoroughly. You can do this by rinsing it with warm water and mild soap, or by using a coffee-specific cleaning solution.
And that’s it! With these steps, you can brew delicious coffee at home using a Chemex. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ratios and brewing techniques to find your perfect cup of coffee.