The Chemex is an elegant glass pour-over coffeemaker created by the prolific inventor Peter Schlumbohm. He was inspired not only to create a new and artful way to brew coffee but also the Bauhaus school of design in Germany (circa 1941). It has since been accepted into the Modern Museum of Art — a distinction held by very few coffeemakers. So does it make good coffee? Well, yes it does, and in fact many a connoisseur claims it makes superb coffee. It’s essentially a manual version of a drip coffee maker thus it gives you more control over the water temperature and how slowly and completely you can saturate the coffee grinds as you pour. These factors alone will make a better cup of coffee than regular drip machines. However, the blend of art and *science, as well as the look and feel makes the whole experience something grander than just making a cup of coffee. The only real downside is that you have to remain present during the majority of the brewing process, and if you like your coffee hot it isn’t going to stay that way very long in an uninsulated piece of glass. You will likely need to transfer it to something that is insulated after brewing. The bottom line is that the Chemex coffeemaker brews excellent coffee (assuming you place premium coffee in it to start with) and is a splendid experience that will set you apart from the other billion coffee drinkers around the world. Oh, and it looks good in you kitchen too.
*Schlumbohm was a chemist and loosely designed the Chemex around a beaker out of his laboratory.
How to use it: (as explained by Chemex)
Open the Chemex-Bonded® Coffee Filter into a cone. One side should have three layers. Place the cone in the top of your coffeemaker with the thick portion toward the pouring spout. (yes, this is confusing and we’ll address this more later)
Using Regular or Automatic Grind coffee only, put one rounded tablespoon of coffee per 5 oz. cup into the filter cone. If you prefer stronger coffee, use more; there is (almost) never any bitterness in coffee brewed using the Chemex® method.
When the water is boiling, remove it from the heat until it stops boiling vigorously. It should now be at about 200°F, a perfect brewing temperature. (this is important – you don’t want to burn the beans!) Pour a small amount of water over the coffee grounds, just enough to wet them without floating. This is critical because it allows the grounds to “bloom,” so the desirable coffee elements can be released.
After this first wetting simply pour more water, soaking the grounds each time, but keeping the water level well below the top of the coffeemaker. Once the desired amount of coffee is brewed, dispose of the used grounds by lifting the filter out of the coffeemaker. And that’s it! Serve and revel in a fantastic cup of coffee.
Always use regular or medium grind with the Chemex Coffee Filters. Other grinds may affect the filtration rate. Use spring water or purified water for making coffee. The quantity of brewed coffee can be measured in the Chemex Coffee Maker by using the button and handle bottom as guides. Measurements are based on a 5 ounce cup. The button marks the halfway point, and the bottom of the handle indicates full capacity.
Folding the filter: (difficult to do considering it is BEFORE you have your coffee).
There you have it – The beauty of the Pour-Over. Want to try: Order the Chemex Coffee Maker from us using code CHEMEXLP and save 10%. Let us know your thoughts too by commenting. Happy Pour-overing.