Why brew with a Chemex?
The Chemex brew method combines both form and function. This beautiful glass brewing vessel has been in use since 1941, and produces wonderful clarity in flavor. The secret to its success is its heavy filter, which removes lipids and other insolubles that dampen your ability to distinguish nuance. The result is a clean, crisp mouth feel and delicate flavor. Plus, let’s face it, it just looks really cool.
You will need:
- 6 Cup Chemex Pot
- Paper Chemex Filter
- Burr Grinder
- Pouring Kettle
- Digital Gram Scale
- Patriot Whole Bean Coffee
- Filtered Water
- Weigh out 40 grams of whole bean coffee. Grind coffee using a burr grinder to a medium- coarse consistency, or just slightly finer than you would for a French Press.
- Bring 32 fluid ounces of filtered water to a boil. 4 – 6 fluid ounces will be used to rinse the filter.
- Open one Chemex filter into a cone with one side containing three layers and the opposite containing one layer. Place the filter into the brewing vessel with the multi-layered side facing the pour spout. Pour near boiling filtered water over the filter in order to remove any loose paper fibers and temper the vessel. Discard the rinse water.
- Add your freshly ground coffee to the filter and shake gently to level the bed of grounds. Place your Chemex on the scale and zero out (scale reads “0”).
- Once your water has reached a boil, remove from heat and wait 60 seconds. Start your timer, then slowly pour water onto the bed of grounds until the scale reads 60 grams (approx 2 liquid oz) and the entire bed is saturated. Let stand for 45 seconds.
- Begin slowly pouring the water over the grounds in a circular motion. Be sure to use a steady, even stream of water and take care not to pour directly onto the filter or fill the water above the lip of the vessel. Continue pouring until the scale reads 680 grams (an additional 21 liquid ounces).
- Allow coffee to finish dripping. The entire brewing process should take about four minutes. If it takes substantially longer, try using a coarser grind. If the coffee brews too fast, try using a finer grind. Our method has called for a 1:17 coffee to water ratio. To adjust the strength of the brew, simply increase or decrease the amount of coffee used. Most, importantly, remove the filter, pour a mug and enjoy!