What Is A Chemex?
The Chemex almost looks like something out of a science experiment. It looks cool and shows friends that you are a true coffee geek. Even better than that is the coffee that it brews. It produces stronger coffee than from a drip brewer, with a smoother taste and more flavor.
The best description comes from Michael Allen Smith over at I Need Coffee:
The Chemex brews coffee using the infusion method, which makes it most similar to drip coffee in terms of body and taste. It’s unbleached filters are a little thicker than those used by auto-drip filters. The result is a slower brew and a richer cup of coffee. Although not as rich as the french press, the Chemex does produce a sediment free cup of coffee that will impress anyone used to the weaker taste of most auto-drip coffee machines.
How To Use A Chemex
First, start heating your water. The magic number is five ounces of water per cup of coffee.
While the water is heating, open the Chemex filter and place it in the mouth of the carafe. Place the thicker portion of the filter towards the sprout. (The experts suggest pre-soaking the coffee filter for best results.)
Use one tablespoon of drip-grind coffee per five ounces of water.
Bring the water to a boil, letting it cool for a few seconds before pouring it on your coffee.
Pour about a cup of water on the grinds, enough to make the coffee damp, but not to flood.
After thirty seconds to a minute, begin pouring the remaining water. Be careful to not overflow it. Pour slowly in a circular motion around the edges. As the cone drains, add more water.
Throw out coffee grinds and filter, than pour coffee.
(Short) Chemex Review
Overall, I love the Chemex. Since I got it for Christmas (awesome Christmas present by the way!), I’ve been using it several times a week. It would be even more often if I could bring it to work.
The Chemex is easy to use once you get past doing math for the amount of water and coffee. It’s a simple process and easy to master. Clean-up is easy too. All you have to do is throw out the filter with the used grinds and rinse it out with soap.
My biggest fear is that I’m going to break it. The glass isn’t the thickest. That’s not even a serious complaint. In my book, there’s no real drawbacks to the Chemex.
Leave a comment and tell me what do you think of the Chemex?