In life sometimes things just find you. That has been my relationship with coffee. I needed a job. I became a barista. I wanted an espresso machine for my house. Someone gave me one. I'd been wanting a Chemex. I volunteered at a coffee event and someone gave me one. And so is the story of much of my coffee gear. If you believe in any of the new age juju you may say that I'm creating this coffee life. Am I creating it or am I just being open to what will find me and it is finding me? Either way I don't seem to mind. I'm happy to have all my gadgets and gizmos. I'm especially grateful for my Chemex. I'm not going to tell you that it's a superior brew method. Or that if you don't have one you should go get one. Honestly you can probably achieve a great cup of coffee with the pour over method not using a Chemex. What sets the Chemex apart from other pour over methods is it's unique design and it's bonded filter.
Invented in 1941 by Peter Schlumbohm, the Chemex is an hour glass shaped flask and a conical funnel like neck. The filters for a Chemex are chemically bonded filters, thicker than the typical coffee filter used in standard drip american style coffee. Because the filter is so thick it removes the oils found in coffee giving the consumer a cleaner cup.
Today we are going to go over the steps of brewing Chemex style coffee.
You will need: a Chemex,
Chemex FIlters (it's always important to have the correct filter for the method you are brewing for. But this is especially true for the Chemex.)
A tablespoon or a scale if you have it
Something to heat water in. If you do not have a gooseneck kettle, you can use a regular kettle. But, you need to be very methodical when pouring your water. So sometimes it's best to heat you water in a kettle then transfer it to a measuring cup for your pour over.
Grind 6 Tablespoons (about 41 grams) of coffee to a medium grind.
Heat 3 1/4 cups (about 672 grams) of water to 195 ° Fahrenheit -205 ° or just below boiling.
Place filter in Chemex, make sure the thick three-layered side of the filter is towards the spout. This will give your filter more stability.
Pour hot water through the Chemex and filter to preheat
Pour out the water, replace the filter and put ground coffee in filter.
If you are using a scale- place everything on the scale and tare it to 0
Start a timer and pour 80 grams of water over the coffee, make sure all the grounds are thoroughly saturated.
Wait thirty seconds to allow the coffee to bloom and de-gas before adding more water.
In a circling motion continue to pour the hot water slowly over the coffee, keeping the filter halfway filled throughout the brewing process. Brew time should take between 4-5 minutes. If it takes longer your grind is too fine. Shorter your grind may be too coarse.
Once you have dispensed all the water over the grounds and the filter has started to drip slowly, remove the filter and discard.
Swirl your Chemex and enjoy!