Chemex pour-over brewing guide

What you need:

Chemex (6-cup)
Chemex filter
Burr mill grinder
Hot water (680 ml)
Gooseneck kettle (optional)
Scale
2 mugs
Fort Bend Coffee (44 g)


1. Insert filter (thick side against the spout). Rinse the paper filter and discard water, leaving the filter in place.

1. Insert filter (thick side against the spout). Rinse the paper filter and discard water, leaving the filter in place.

2. Weigh out 44 grams of coffee. Grind to medium-coarse consistancy (like turbinado sugar).

2. Weigh out 44 grams of coffee. Grind to medium-coarse consistancy (like turbinado sugar).

3. Place Chemex on scale and zero out. Begin by pouring a small amount of water (3-4 tablespoons) on the grounds. This is the bloom phase. A gooseneck kettle makes the pouring process much easier. Wait 30-45 seconds before continuing your pour.

3. Place Chemex on scale and zero out. Begin by pouring a small amount of water (3-4 tablespoons) on the grounds. This is the bloom phase. A gooseneck kettle makes the pouring process much easier. Wait 30-45 seconds before continuing your pour.

4. Pour until the scale reads 680 g. Pour slowly in small circles. Focus on the center and stay away from the sides so that you don't pour directly onto the filter walls.

4. Pour until the scale reads 680 g. Pour slowly in small circles. Focus on the center and stay away from the sides so that you don't pour directly onto the filter walls.

5. Ideal brewing should take about 3.5 to 5 minutes. 

5. Ideal brewing should take about 3.5 to 5 minutes. 

6. Discard filter. Pour into two mugs and enjoy with a friend. The Chemex is great at bringing out the subtle nuances in any coffee, but it really shines with light, floral coffees such as my Ethiopia: Yirgacheffe.

6. Discard filter. Pour into two mugs and enjoy with a friend. The Chemex is great at bringing out the subtle nuances in any coffee, but it really shines with light, floral coffees such as my Ethiopia: Yirgacheffe.

Photography by Chris Campbell, owner of Affinity Craft Chocolate.