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Brew Guide: Chemex

Brew Guide: Chemex

Using a Chemex to brew coffee leads to a cleaner taste with less body and oil than a french press. It always produces a quality cup and does so in style with an easy cleanup. This short guide details our method of brewing a cup of coffee Chemex style. We also feature guides on brewing coffee with:

What is a Chemex?

Chemex is a coffeemaker invented in 1941 with a design that has remained unchanged since. It involves manually brewing a cup of coffee by pouring hot water through ground coffee. The benefits of the Chemex brewing style include simplicity, no moving parts, and ease of cleaning. Right from the start, the largest impact on quality will be using fresh roasted beans and good tasting water. In order to use this method you'll need:

Our method single cup:

  • Water: Place kettle on scale and tare, add 700 g (25oz) water
  • Coffee: measure out 50 g of coffee, medium ground
  • Unfold Chemex filter and place in funnel
  • Pour small amounts of water through the filter and discard. This pre-heats vessel and removes paper residue.
  • Add Coffee to filter
  • Pour slowly over the course of 15 seconds until all grounds are saturated and "blooming" effect occurs which is the slow release of CO2.
  • Pour the remaining water in a circular pattern with the goal of sinking and saturating all of the grounds. Upon draining water, repeat two¬†additional pours, each pour¬†should take between 15 and 20 seconds.
  • When dry dispose of the filter and remaining grounds.


With fresh coffee beans, you won't get a much more satisfying or complex cup of coffee. By adjusting the ground to water ratio, you can begin to experiment with different strength and taste. Now Chemex will allow you to enjoy coffee the chemist's way.

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