Chemex Brew Method

Come brew a pot with us!

This pour over method is a classic in the coffee community. But you don't have to be a self-proclaimed "coffee snob" to enjoy the wonderful taste this creates. This is for all coffee lovers alike! Morgan demonstrates the tried and true way to brew a couple cups of coffee with the Chemex!

You'll need:

  • Chemex
  • Chemex filters
  • Freshly Ground coffee (Kosher salt consistency)
  • Hot water (about 205 degrees or about 30 seconds post-boil)
  • Stir spoon or stick
  • Scale (optional)
  • Timer

We'll be making enough for about 2 cups, but you can always make more or less. It's 1 rounded Tablespoon of ground coffee per 5oz of water. We used 6 Tablespoons of coffee (or 42g) in this video. 

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Step-by-Step

Get Prepped

Place your filter in the Chemex with the single fold away from the spout and the multiple folds against the spout. Pour your hot water around the filter until wet to achieve a seal between the filter and the Chemex. Pour out the water. This preps the filter and preheats the glass of the Chemex. 

Get Your Coffee

We used 42g or 6 rounded Tablespoons for this video (only makes a couple cups), but you can do more or less. It is 1 rounded Tablespoon per 5oz of water. This coffee should be ground to a consistency similar to Kosher salt. Pour the coffee grounds in the center of the filter and zero out your scale. Scale is optional, but definitely helpful! 

Get Your Grounds Wet

Start the timer and begin pouring the hot water to cover your grounds completely (about 150g of water). Stir this mixture with your stir spoon to get rid of any clumps that may have held on. 

Add More Water

Around the 0:45 mark on your timer, begin the second pour. You'll want to pour with a wiggling motion to start then a gentle swirl until the volume of water reaches about a fingertip down from the top of the glass (about 450g of water). 

Complete the Water Pour

Around 1:45 on the timer, fill the brewer to the top (about 700g of water). Again, if you're making more or less than we are, you'll adjust this. 

Have Your Dance Party

Wait it out! At around 4:00 on the timer, it should be almost complete. The glass bubble on the front of the Chemex indicates 20oz on the 8 cup Chemex. If you're doing the same amount as us, this is the spot to watch for! Lift the filter out of the Chemex, letting it hover over for a few seconds for those last delicious drops.Then pull and dump and the filter to let in drain in the sink.

Swirl the coffee in the Chemex and pour. Enjoy!

Yay Coffee!