Getting the best from your Chemex

The Chemex brewer is a design icon and is a quirky, cool and different way to make coffee. The Chemex is the perfect choice for enjoying more acidic or floral light roasted coffees that take on an almost tea-like quality

Things you’ll need to make two to three cups of coffee

  • Fresh-roasted coffee
  • Scale (optional)
  • Grinder (optional, if you don’t have a grinder you will need pre-ground beans)
  • Chemex brewer (this guide is for an 8-cup brewer)
  • Gooseneck kettle
  • Appropriate filter
  • Cup(s)
  • Timer

Grind size: Grind should be medium-coarse roughly the size of coarsely cracked pepper.


Follow this step by step guide to get the best from your Chemex or watch the video at the bottom of the page:

1. Either boil your water in a kettle and place into gooseneck or boil your water in the gooseneck on the stove. Set it aside to cool

2. Place your filter into your Chemex, if it’s a folding filter then follow the instructions on the pack on how to fold correctly.

3. Rinse the paper filter with hot water to remove paper taste and pre-heat the container, discard the used water afterwards.

4. Place the Chemex on top of scales if using

5. Add around 40g (or 8 level tablespoons if not using scales) into the filter either the give the brewer a gentle shake to evenly distribute the coffee.

6. Slowly pour water over the coffee, ensuring you evenly saturate all the grounds, pouring over the lighter spots and avoiding the darker ones, until you see a bloom on top then stop and wait 30 seconds.

7. Continue to slowly pour water in a spiral motion until the water level reaches just below the top rim of the brewer. When the level drops by about an inch, pour again and repeat as need until you’ve used around 700ml or 700g of water. This should take about 4 minutes.

8. It is now ready to serve and enjoy.


Or watch this video:

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