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How To Brew: Chemex

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The principles mentioned in the V60 article also relate to Chemex.

The primary difference between the Chemex and V60 come not only from its unibody glass design but also from the type of paper filter used.

The Chemex filter paper tends to be thicker than the V60, as it is triple bonded. This encourages a slightly larger grind size in order to achieve similar extraction times. Larger grind particles can encourage a more complex extraction giving a high extraction and clarity of flavour (albeit at the expense of a fuller body). 

The Chemex also comes in a larger size than the V60 allowing for brews up to 700mL

What you’ll need

  • 45g medium grind coffee
  • 700g filtered water heated to 90-96°C (plus more for rinsing)
  • 6 cup Chemex
  • Scale
  • Timer
  • Spoon

Method

  1. Fold filter paper and place in Chemex with 3 fold side closest to the spout.
  2. Thoroughly rinse the paper filter with hot water.
  3. Pour water out of Chemex without removing filter paper.
  4. Add 45g of freshly ground coffee to Chemex and shake to settle.
  5. Place Chemex on scale and zero.
  6. Start timer.
  7. Add 100g of water. Allow to bloom then gently stir to evenly saturate.
  8. Pouring slowly in circles, add 300g of water.
  9. Allow 30 seconds to brew.
  10. Add final 300g of water.
  11. Adjust grind size to achieve total brew time of 4-5 min.