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Beautiful Brewing - Chemex and What You Should Know About It

There’s no shortage of coffee brewing systems on the market. Some swear by the French press. Others love their AeroPress. Yet others firmly believe that their pod-based coffee system is the best choice. And then there’s Chemex – a uniquely beautiful way to brew coffee that’s once more gaining steam in the nation. The devise is so beautiful and iconic that it is part of the permanent collection at the MOMA. What is a Chemex coffee brewer and what might make it a good fit for your own coffee brewing needs? Actually, there’s a lot to love about this ultra-simple, elegant brewing system, but it’s not right for everyone.

While the brewing process is very simple with the Chemex system, there’s more to it than just adding water and then enjoying your cup of coffee. You’ll need to follow these steps:

    • Measure the appropriate quantity of water into a vessel for heating (number of desired cups of coffee)
    • Add the proprietary filter to the Chemex brewer (you cannot use conventional filters – Chemex filters are thick, and made of several layers of chemically bonded paper
    • Wet the filter with a small amount of water to rinse the paper taste away and to help it stick to the sides of the flask
    • Remove the filter and pour out the rinse water
    • Replace the wet filter in the flask
    • Add the appropriate amount of coffee grounds to the filter
    • Moisten the coffee grounds by adding a small amount of hot water, and then let it “bloom” (water should be about 205 degrees)
    • Once the coffee has bloomed, pour the remaining water into the filter
    • Wait for the coffee to finish trickling out of the filter and down into the bottom of the flask
    • Remove the coffee grounds and filter, and dispose of them
    • Add hot water to your coffee mug to pre-warm it, then pour it out
    • Pour coffee from the Chemex brewer into your mug
    • Enjoy your coffee

While the brewing process is very simple with the Chemex system, there’s more to it than just adding water and then enjoying your cup of coffee. You’ll need to follow these steps:

    • Measure the appropriate quantity of water into a vessel for heating (number of desired cups of coffee)
    • Add the proprietary filter to the Chemex brewer (you cannot use conventional filters – Chemex filters are thick, and made of several layers of chemically bonded paper
    • Wet the filter with a small amount of water to rinse the paper taste away and to help it stick to the sides of the flask
    • Remove the filter and pour out the rinse water
    • Replace the wet filter in the flask
    • Add the appropriate amount of coffee grounds to the filter
    • Moisten the coffee grounds by adding a small amount of hot water, and then let it “bloom” (water should be about 205 degrees)
    • Once the coffee has bloomed, pour the remaining water into the filter
    • Wait for the coffee to finish trickling out of the filter and down into the bottom of the flask
    • Remove the coffee grounds and filter, and dispose of them
    • Add hot water to your coffee mug to pre-warm it, then pour it out
    • Pour coffee from the Chemex brewer into your mug
    • Enjoy your coffee

While the brewing process is very simple with the Chemex system, there’s more to it than just adding water and then enjoying your cup of coffee. You’ll need to follow these steps:

    • Measure the appropriate quantity of water into a vessel for heating (number of desired cups of coffee)
    • Add the proprietary filter to the Chemex brewer (you cannot use conventional filters – Chemex filters are thick, and made of several layers of chemically bonded paper
    • Wet the filter with a small amount of water to rinse the paper taste away and to help it stick to the sides of the flask
    • Remove the filter and pour out the rinse water
    • Replace the wet filter in the flask
    • Add the appropriate amount of coffee grounds to the filter
    • Moisten the coffee grounds by adding a small amount of hot water, and then let it “bloom” (water should be about 205 degrees)
    • Once the coffee has bloomed, pour the remaining water into the filter
    • Wait for the coffee to finish trickling out of the filter and down into the bottom of the flask
    • Remove the coffee grounds and filter, and dispose of them
    • Add hot water to your coffee mug to pre-warm it, then pour it out
    • Pour coffee from the Chemex brewer into your mug
    • Enjoy your coffee

While the brewing process is very simple with the Chemex system, there’s more to it than just adding water and then enjoying your cup of coffee. You’ll need to follow these steps:

    • Measure the appropriate quantity of water into a vessel for heating (number of desired cups of coffee)
    • Add the proprietary filter to the Chemex brewer (you cannot use conventional filters – Chemex filters are thick, and made of several layers of chemically bonded paper
    • Wet the filter with a small amount of water to rinse the paper taste away and to help it stick to the sides of the flask
    • Remove the filter and pour out the rinse water
    • Replace the wet filter in the flask
    • Add the appropriate amount of coffee grounds to the filter
    • Moisten the coffee grounds by adding a small amount of hot water, and then let it “bloom” (water should be about 205 degrees)
    • Once the coffee has bloomed, pour the remaining water into the filter
    • Wait for the coffee to finish trickling out of the filter and down into the bottom of the flask
    • Remove the coffee grounds and filter, and dispose of them
    • Add hot water to your coffee mug to pre-warm it, then pour it out
    • Pour coffee from the Chemex brewer into your mug
    • Enjoy your coffee

While the brewing process is very simple with the Chemex system, there’s more to it than just adding water and then enjoying your cup of coffee. You’ll need to follow these steps:

    • Measure the appropriate quantity of water into a vessel for heating (number of desired cups of coffee)
    • Add the proprietary filter to the Chemex brewer (you cannot use conventional filters – Chemex filters are thick, and made of several layers of chemically bonded paper
    • Wet the filter with a small amount of water to rinse the paper taste away and to help it stick to the sides of the flask
    • Remove the filter and pour out the rinse water
    • Replace the wet filter in the flask
    • Add the appropriate amount of coffee grounds to the filter
    • Moisten the coffee grounds by adding a small amount of hot water, and then let it “bloom” (water should be about 205 degrees)
    • Once the coffee has bloomed, pour the remaining water into the filter
    • Wait for the coffee to finish trickling out of the filter and down into the bottom of the flask
    • Remove the coffee grounds and filter, and dispose of them
    • Add hot water to your coffee mug to pre-warm it, then pour it out
    • Pour coffee from the Chemex brewer into your mug
    • Enjoy your coffee
    Is the Chemex coffee brewer the right option for your needs? While it’s a beautiful system and is very different from other options on the market, the time required to brew a cup of coffee and clean the flask are considerable. Most people will find that it’s a better option for evening coffee, when they have leisure time for the process, rather than that all-important first cup in the mornings.
    With that being said, it certainly makes a good conversation piece, and is a unique way to serve coffee to guests after dinner, so it may be a good option for those who like to entertain. In the end, the Chemex system is very interesting, and shouldn’t be ignored because it looks different from other options on the market. While it might be time-consuming to use, it can offer benefits for some coffee lovers. For the rest of us, there are pod and cup-based systems that deliver a great tasting cup of java without all the hassle.
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