Chemex Brewing Guide

Chemex Brewing Guide

Chemex brewing is a pour-over method that utilizes a special hourglass-shaped glass coffee maker. It is known for its clean and crisp flavor profile. Here’s a step-by-step guide:


  • Chemex coffee maker
  • Chemex bonded paper filters
  • Hot water kettle
  • Coffee grinder
  • Fresh coffee beans
  • Timer
  • Stirrer
  • Scale (optional)


  1. Begin by heating water in the kettle to the desired brewing temperature (around 195-205°F).
  2. Unfold a Chemex bonded paper filter and place it in the top part of the coffee maker, ensuring that the triple-fold side faces the spout.
  3. Rinse the filter with hot water to preheat the Chemex and remove any paper taste. Discard the rinse water.
  4. Grind your coffee beans to a medium-coarse consistency.
  5. Add the ground coffee to the filter, gently shaking it to level the bed.
  6. Start the timer and begin pouring water slowly over the coffee grounds, starting from the center and moving outward in a spiral motion.
  7. Pour just enough water to saturate the coffee grounds, known as the bloom. Allow it to rest for about 30 seconds, allowing the coffee to degas.
  8. Continue pouring in a slow and controlled manner, maintaining an even water flow. Aim to keep the water level about half an inch below the rim of the Chemex.
  9. Once you’ve reached the desired volume of brewed coffee, stop pouring and let the remaining water drip through the filter.
  10. Remove the filter, discard the grounds, and serve the freshly brewed coffee.


  • Use a ratio of 1:16 coffee to water (adjust to taste).
  • Experiment with different coffee beans and grind sizes to discover your preferred flavor profile.
  • Preheating the Chemex and rinsing the filter helps to maintain optimal brewing temperature and remove any paper residue.