So, you finally found yourself some time for that long awaited, nice brew that you’ve been postponing for ages. We get it, the Chemex isn’t the fastest or most practical brewing device, but when the weekend comes, you might want to set aside your trusty Aeropress, irreplaceable as your Monday to Friday pick-me-up before rushing to work, and treat yourself to a fantastic, clean cupa joe brewed up with style equal to that of Don Draper with his Old Fashioned.
Remove the flowers you’ve put in your Chemex and marvel at the fact that you can actually brew coffee using a flower vase. A quick rinse would be advisable!
Weigh out your coffee beans. We recommend starting with a 6g/100ml coffee to water ratio. If you have a set of scales - awesome! If you don’t no need to worry - a teaspoon of coffee beans holds between 3-4g. For our Chemex today we’ll shoot for a 500ml coffee, so about 30g of beans.
Put the kettle on and grind your beans as you wait for the water to boil. You should aim for a medium-coarse grind size that slightly resembles coarse sea salt. After the water comes to a boil, wait a minute and pour the necessary amount of water into a preheated gooseneck kettle because let’s face it - if you have a Chemex you probably have a gooseneck.
Place the paper filter in your Chemex and rinse it with hot water to preheat it and remove the papery flavour. Discard the water (you can do it without removing the filter) and carefully drop your ground coffee in the middle, keeping it from sticking to the walls. Give your Chemex a pat on the back to even out the coffee bed and you’re ready to rumble.
Start by pouring at least double the amount of water of your ground coffee, so today that’ll be between 60-70ml of water. Let it rest for about 30 seconds, enjoy the bloom and get a good whiff as that’s when the coffee smells the best. After that, pour in enough water to reach 200ml, wait between 20-30 seconds, and add another 100ml of water. Repeat until you reach your desired yield.
Let the water drip through completely, with most coffees in the Chemex you want to finish between 4.30-5.30 minutes, but treat this as a reference only as each coffee will behave differently. Discard the filter holding the coffee muck and decant into your favourite mug, or just have it directly from the Chemex if it’s that kind of a morning.
Put a good record on, sit down in a comfy chair and enjoy the fruits of your labour! If you’re at a loss regarding what to listen to, check out our blog for regular updates on what we spin when we roast, drink and chat coffee.