Let’s talk about coffee! Before I had children, I did not drink coffee, unless I was cramming for an exam. Now, coffee is an essential part of my day. Morning coffee might even be my favorite part of the day. I have never owned a traditional coffee maker. The thought of heating up water in plastic for me is a turn off. I searched high and low on the Internet trying to find a coffee maker that didn’t have any plastic components. This was not a simple task! Through this search I was able to find the CHEMEX coffee maker. It comes in a variety of sizes, but I use the six cup. The CHEMEX is an attractive kitchen item that uses a paper or metal filter to brew what some call “the best cup of coffee.”
For best results, I recommend a quality coffee grinder. Fresh ground beans are best! I like to buy my beans in small batches. You can use pre-ground beans, but this doesn’t allow you to choose your grind size. I prefer the finest ground option; I like a really strong cup of coffee. I flip between grinding my own at home or using the commercial grinders at the store. Both work fine. When you use fresh ground beans, the coffee will “bloom”. Blooming occurs as CO2 is emitted from the grinds. You will see the grinds rise and expand.
I recommend using this gooseneck kettle. What I like about a gooseneck kettle is that it allows for a slow, even pour. Recently, I upgraded to a kettle that has a temperature gauge. Your goal temp should range between 195°F to 205°F.
Simple CHEMEX directions:
- Fill your kettle using one mug full of filtered water per cup you plan to brew.
- For each cup of water, I use a heaping tbsp. of very finely ground coffee beans.
- Heat the water. (Ideal temperature 195°F – 205°F )
- Slowly pour water over the grinds. On the first pour, only add enough to “wet” the grinds. Then, allow the grinds to bloom. After a few seconds, the grinds will “pop” and sink back down.
- Pour the remaining water slowly, in a circular motion, over the grinds.