About the Chemex
German inventor Peter Schlumbohm designed the Chemex in 1941. Originally, it was completely made of glass, and the design has barely changed in the last 8 decades. Today, the Chemex replaces the original glass handle for a wooden cover and a leather strap (see above), protecting your hand from the heat.
This elegant and timeless coffee maker is beautifully crafted to go together with its disposable paper microfilter, unique because it captures all coffee grounds, letting through only the clearest and purest cup of coffee. Below is a guide on how we make it, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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STEP 1: GET THE ESSENTIALS
- Syzygy Specialty Coffee
- Chemex Brewer + Filters
- Water Kettle with Thermometer
- Ratio of 15:1
* A 15:1 ratio means you'll need 15 times more mili-Liters (mL) of water than you have grams (gr) of coffee. For this brew, we started with 15gr of coffee, so we multiply 15gr (times) 15mL, and come to 225mL of water.
STEP 2: GRIND THE COFFEE
Grind your coffee similarly to the consistency of coarse salt.
If this is your first time, we recommend you start with 15 grams of Coffee.
STEP 3: HEAT THE WATER
With 15 grams of coffee, we'll need 225mL* of water to be heated to 89°C (192°F).
Heat extra water for later use.
STEP 4: PREHEAT EVERYTHING
Pour the extra water into the Chemex with the filter on. This will preheat it, and remove papery taste from the filter. Take this time to preheat your coffee mugs. Discard the water.
STEP 5: ADD THE COFFEE
Place your Chemex on the scale and add your 15 grams of coffee. Slightly shake the Chemex to level the grounds. Set the scale to 0mL.
STEP 6: BLOOM THE COFFEE
Pour 2x as much water as you have coffee - in this case, 30mL. This will expand the fresh coffee grounds in a process called blooming.
Wait 45 seconds.
STEP 7: POUR, POUR, POUR
Pour 65mL in a spiraling motion. Start from the center and make your way outwards. Wait 45 seconds and repeat 2 more times until the scale shows 225mL.
30mL + 65mL + 65mL + 65mL = 225mL
STEP 8: WAIT FOR IT TO FILTER
After the 4th and final pour, wait about 1 minute and the coffee will have brewed. It starts as a stream and slowly become a drip-by-drip brew.
STEP 9: SERVE AND ENJOY!
Remove and discard the filter from the top of the Chemex, and pour your silky, clean cup of coffee into your warm mug.
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