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Iced Coffee Using a Chemex

Why use a Chemex?


Designed by a chemist in 1941, the Chemex coffeemaker is an elegant, one-piece, hourglass shaped vessel made of high quality, heat resistant glass that has stood the test of time. It is so elegant looking in fact, it has made it into the Museum of Modern Art. The shape and scientifically designed filter work together to produce a pure, flavorful cup without bitterness or sediment every time.



What you need

Let’s Get Started

Prep-work - Begin by rinsing your paper filter with hot water to wash away any paper tastes. Discard water. Place the ice into the lower portion of the Chemex. Insert the filter into the top portion with the fold in the spout, followed by your ground coffee.



Pour and Wait – Place the ice-filled Chemex on the scale and zero it out. Start timer and begin wetting your grounds (We prefer a quick run across followed by circular motions inward toward the center point) after about 100 to 150g or so stop and allow the grounds to bloom.



Complete the Pour - After 30 seconds, begin again with the circular motion towards the center, slow and steady is the key, you wouldn’t want to disturb the merriment!  Once you get to about 350g or so you should reach the center, continue a slow and steady center pour until you reach 600g.



Watching and Waiting - At this point just sit back and watch the magic happen… I mean you don’t have to, I suppose you could walk away, but then the coffee won’t taste as good!  At around 4-5 minutes the coffee should be ready. Once the coffee has finished brewing, carefully remove the hot filter and grounds and discard.



Serve and Enjoy -  Give the Chemex a few swirls, pour over ice and enjoy the fruits of your labor! These measurements will make about 3 cups of coffee.