BREW TIME: 4 1/2 to 6 minutes
We reach for the Chemex when one cup isn’t enough to start the day. This pour-over brewer yields a vibrant extraction, and our recipe produces two generous cups per batch. Use a simple stirring utensil—a spoon or a chopstick will do—to ensure saturation of the entire coffee dose. With a gooseneck kettle, you can make precise pours over the course of the brew. After the final pour, hold the wooden collar of your Chemex and give it a gentle swirl: the movement encourages an even extraction while the final drops fall through the filter.
What you’ll need
|1x Chemex brewer||1x timer||30g coffee (ground like coarse salt, 17 setting on Virtuoso+)|
|1x Chemex paper filter||1x digital gram scale||700g boiling filtered water (200g for rinsing)|
|1x gooseneck kettle||1x stirring utensil (chopstick or spoon handle)|
- Place the Chemex filter in the upper part of the brewer. Orient three layers of the filter toward the spout and one layer away from the spout, creating a structured cone.
- Rinse the paper filter and preheat the Chemex by pouring roughly 200g of boiling water through the filter. Discard the rinse water while keeping the rinsed filter in place.
- Add the ground coffee into the filter. Gently shake the brewer to level the surface of the ground coffee. Place the brewer on the scale. Zero out the scale.
- Start your timer and slowly pour in 90g of water, making concentric circles to ensure that the coffee is evenly saturated. Immediately after pouring, stir the entire coffee brew bed for 5 seconds with the utensil.
- About 30 seconds after your first pour, the coffee bed will stop expanding. Begin your next pour, adding 210g of water in concentric circles. Stop pouring when your scale reads 300g.
- Once the coffee bed has drained halfway down in the filter, pour in 100g of water in concentric circles. Stop pouring when your scale reads 400g.
- Once the coffee bed has drained halfway down the filter, pour in the final 100g of water in concentric circles. Hold the Chemex collar and gently swirl the brewer once while the final pour is draining.
- Once the final drops have fallen through the filter, the brew is complete. Total brew time should be between 41⁄2 and 6 minutes. *Pro tip: If the brew time is too short or too long, adjust your grinder. A finer grind will encourage longer brew times; a coarser grind will speed things up. Interested in learning more? Head over to Coffee 101.
- Remove and discard the paper filter along with the coffee grounds.
- Pour into cups and enjoy!