Chemex Brewing Guide

The Chemex Coffeemaker is a manual, pour-over style glass-container coffeemaker that Peter Schlumbohm invented in 1941, and which continues to be manufactured by the Chemex Corporation in Chicopee, Massachusetts. In 1958, designers at the Illinois Institute of Technology said that the Chemex Coffeemaker is "one of the best-designed products of modern times", and so is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

  1. Place the filter in the brewer and rinse the filter with hot water to get a nice even seal all the way around
  2. Discard rinse water
  3. Add 42 grams of coffee ground like seal salt to brewer and level bed
  4. Start the timer when you add the hot water
  5. Pour until all the grounds are saturated
  6. Stir with a spoon to make sure there are no dry clumps
  7. At 45 seconds, start the second pour, moving in a gentle spiral motion until the volume reaches about a fingertip down from the top of the rim
  8. At 1:45, fill the brewer flush to the top
  9. At 4:00, you should be pretty close to volume
  10. Pull the filter completely out and let it drain in the sink
  11. Swirl the Chemex, pour and enjoy!

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