How to Use a Chemex Coffeemaker

Since 1941, the Chemex Coffeemaker has been a respected and reliable coffee brewing system. It’s often our go-to office brewer because of the size. The paper filter produces a clean cup and is easy to use. You can also use the Able Kone filter that is made of metal and reusable. As always, we encourage you to experiment with this recipe. Each coffee is different and each person is different. Don’t be afraid to stray from the recipe. 

 How to use a Chemex in 8 Steps

  1. Separate filter so there are 3 layers on one side and 1 on the other. Place in the chemex with the 3 fold half is on the spout.

  2. Preheat the brewer and filter with hot water. This will bring the brewer up in temperature and clean any paper taste out of the filter.

  3. For a 6 cup Chemex, grind 40 grams of coffee at a coarse ground. Pour into the chemex and shake it out so the coffee lays flat.

  4. Zero out the scale and begin your timer.

  5. Pour about 80 grams of hot water (195-205 degrees F) or until all the coffee grinds are evenly saturated. Stir grounds. Wait 30-45 seconds until the coffee has bloomed. The freshness of your coffee should determine your bloom. Typically, fresher coffee means more water to saturate and a longer bloom.

  6. Aggressively pour more water in a circular motion until the water level rises and settle into a slow even pace. Pause and stir if necessary.

  7. Brew time should end with 640grams of water (1:16 ratio) at around 3-4 minutes.

  8. Toss filter and coffee grounds. Then enjoy a fresh brewed cup for you and a friend.