6 Cup Unit
Brew Style: Filter Drip
Materials: Glass Chemex, Filters
Time Commitment:About 5-6 minutes
Prep/focused interaction- about 2 minutes
Brew time- 3-4 minutes
Clean up- 30 seconds
Flavor/Texture: Clean, medium to light bodied. Good for any coffee, but great for highlighting acidity.
Our Brew Process
Grind Setting- drip/auto drip
Coffee Dose- 27-54g
Water Temp- Just off boil
Water Dose- 385-770g
1. grind coffee and heat water. If you’re making a 12oz yield make grind a little finer.
2. Rinse filter and preheat device. Dump preheat water
3. Dose coffee into filter and bloom using just enough water to saturate grounds. Wait 45-60 seconds.
4. Continue adding water in a circular motion concentrating on the center first and spiraling out to no more than a centimeter from the edges and filling the cone no more than an inch from the top. Maintain these levels until desired water dose is achieved and let drain.
5. Lift out and throw away filter. Enjoy!
Review- The German engineered Chemex has been around since the 1940’s. Originally created by chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm PhD for his own coffee consumption, it’s functionality is matched by its aesthetic design (one is in the permanent collection at MOMA in New York City). It makes a balanced, clean cup and offers a range of yields. Whether imbibing alone or with friends, the 6 cup Chemex is just the right size. We recently put one to the test during our “Night of Variety” event.
Some degree of technique is required to achieve consistent results, but can be learned through practice (refer to “Brewing Techniques: Cone Shaped Filter Drip” for specific pointers). One of the things I like about the device is that, whether I’m in the mood for hot coffee or iced, it delivers a sweet, balanced cup and is appropriate for a wide variety of flavor profiles.
I won’t lie. In all of my years as a coffee professional, playing with a multitude of devices, the Chemex has become my personal favorite. Whether making coffee at home or taste testing, the Chemex is my go-to manual brew of choice. It’s not too complicated, versatile, and super easy to clean up. Not to mention pretty. What more can you ask for?
Buy it- if you want a versatile device, capable of a range of yield sizes or temperatures
Don’t Buy it– if you are looking for a thermal carafe or want your coffee to stay piping hot. Look into a thermal press unit or thick walled ceramic device that can better retain heat.