Chemex – the beauty among coffee brewers. You’ve seen it in stores but wondered how you can make filter coffee in it? Matt, our friend and expert barista is telling all you need to be able to make great coffee in this stylish coffee brewer.
Brewing your own coffee is a wonderful way to get a real understanding of how different factors affect the strength and flavor of the drink in your cup. The water quantity and quality, the coffee (preferably freshly ground) and the tools you employ will all play a major role in the liquid gold that washes over your palette.
Most importantly, you’ll need an experimental attitude to achieve coffee greatness! We’ve compiled a set of guidelines to help you get started down this road. Use these tips as a launching pad, but feel free to explore and adjust these recipes to satisfy your own taste buds.
If there has ever been a coffee brewer to rival the sex appeal and beauty of the espresso machine than this is it: THE CHEMEX.
Don’t just take my word for it, ask James Bond! In the novel “From Russia, with Love”, Ian Fleming’s Bond brews his breakfast coffee with a Chemex. It’s true!
The Chemex is the creation of Dr. Peter Schlumbohm in 1941 and has been a long-standing coffee champion in homes of super spies and average joes since its inception. It is a harmonious marriage of form and function and its ease of use is as simplistic as its design.
This brewer will enhance the floral qualities in a coffee and allows the user a larger margin of error than some of the other drip coffee brewing methods.
Begin by bringing your water to the boil. “A watched pot never boils” right! So instead of waiting…let’s move to the next step.
Pick a coffee you’re familiar with. It will give you the best idea of what influences each brewing method has over the cup! You can choose between our Specialty coffee beans for a lighter taste; or our Premium coffee beans for a darker roast option.
To Start: 30 to 40 grams per 500ml of water (approx. 6 tablespoons if you’re using a pre-ground coffee), but adjust this ratio to suit your taste. Use a coarse grind (think sea salt granules!) for best results.
Now that your water is hot, you can prepare your brewer: The Chemex.
Open your filter paper and insert it into your Chemex with the 3-fold portion against the pouring spout. Wet the filter with hot water to cleanse it of its papery taste. Without removing the filter, pour the papery water into the sink – OR serve it to your nearest super villain!
Before serving, give your freshly brewed coffee a nice swirl. Your brew has been starved of oxygen and it needs to breathe. This helps to cool things to a drinking temperature and allows the floral qualities of your coffee to come to life. It also makes you look awesome by accentuating your bow tie!
Speaks for itself! Share it or drink it all, but be Bond and be bold with our Big Shot. Adjust your recipe and play with different variables and methods. Only YOU know what YOU like, but now you have a guide to help you find your way there!
The name’s Bond, James Bond!
The Bean Team
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