Tips for Using Chemex Coffee Maker

Getting the best out of your Chemex

Chemex coffee maker (3 cups)

This page contains tips about using Chemex coffee maker. We will have a look at how to brew coffee in Chemex, how to get the strength right, how to clean your Chemex and how to keep the coffee hot. I hope you'll find these useful.

How to brew coffee in Chemex coffee maker

  1. Start boiling the water. You can use the Chemex carafe to measure the amount of water you will need.
  2. Take one Chemex coffee filter and open it into a cone. There will be three layers of paper on one side and one layer of paper on the other side. Put the cone into your Chemex so that the thicker side is next to the pouring spout.
  3. Grind your coffee. Start with a medium grind - you can adjust later on.
  4. When the water boils remove it from heat and let it cool down slightly. Ideally it should be at 205°F when you start pouring it over the coffee grounds. In practice it usually means waiting for about 10 to 20 seconds.
  5. Pour a little bit of hot water through the filter. This will preheat the funnel so that better brewing temperature is achieved.
  6. Put medium ground coffee into the filter. Start with one rounded tablespoon of coffee per each 5oz of water - as you gain experience you can put more or less depending on your taste.
  7. Pour a little bit of water over the coffee grounds - just enough to get them wet. This allows the grounds to bloom. Blooming releases some of the carbon dioxide that coffee grounds contain and it gets them ready for proper infusion. This will take about 20 seconds.
  8. Now pour more water in so that all the grounds are covered. Gradually add more water so that the grounds are always kept covered. Do not over-fill it - always leave at least one inch of space at the top.
  9. Once all the water seeps through the filter, remove the filter with the grounds and that's it. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy it!

Tips for getting the coffee strength right

When brewing with Chemex coffee maker you have a lot of control over the brewing process. That's great, but it also means that it may take a few tries before you find out how to make coffee that matches your taste.

If the coffee is too weak you can try these:

If the coffee is too strong you can try these:

Tips for cleaning your Chemex coffee maker

Tips for keeping coffee hot

Further Reading

Chemex Coffee Makers
Chemex Coffee Filter