Here is the “How To” from Haciendo Coffee Roasters—our Brew Guide to Mastering the Chemex Coffee Brewing Method.
The art of Chemex brewing, can be a refined and rewarding coffee experience that highlights the true essence of our specialty coffee beans at Haciendo Coffee Roasters. The Chemex brewing method is known for producing a clean, flavorful, and aromatic cup, and we’re excited to guide you through the process of achieving coffee perfection. In this blog post, we’ll share ten expert tips to help you master the Chemex brewing method, showcasing the unique characteristics of our carefully sourced, freshly roasted beans. Let’s embark on this delightful coffee journey together!
- Fresh Air Roasted Beans
At Haciendo Coffee Roasters, we believe that every exceptional cup starts with exceptional beans. Choose our sustainably grown and ethically sourced, air roasted beans to ensure the richest flavors and aromas in your Chemex brew.
- Grind for the Chemex
For the Chemex method, a medium-coarse grind is ideal. Invest in a burr grinder to achieve consistency, allowing the coffee to extract evenly during brewing, and to maintain the signature clarity of this method.
- Ratios Matter: Coffee-to-Water
Maintain the balance of flavors by using the right coffee-to-water ratio. Aim for a 1:15 to 1:17 ratio (1 part coffee to 15-17 parts water) for a medium-strength brew. Adjust the ratio to your liking for a bolder or milder cup.
- Filtered Water for Purity
To enhance the subtleties of our coffee, use filtered water with the Chemex brewing method. The purity of the water lets the unique characteristics of our beans shine through, unencumbered by impurities. We love using Third Wave Water.
- Water Temperature Precision
The Chemex method benefits from precise water temperature control. Heat your water to the range of 195°F to 205°F (90°C to 96°C) to achieve optimal extraction without bitterness or over-extraction.
- Preheat the Chemex
Preheating your Chemex is essential to maintain the desired brewing temperature and extract the best flavors from the coffee. Rinse the Coffeesock filter with hot water, ensuring your brewer is preheated before starting.
- Blooming: A Precursor to Perfection
Initiate the Chemex brewing process with a bloom – a short pre-infusion stage that allows the coffee grounds to release trapped gases. Pour just enough water to saturate the grounds and wait for 30 seconds before continuing.
- Slow, Controlled Pouring
Pouring in stages is crucial for Chemex brewing. In circular motions, pour the water over the coffee grounds, allowing each pour to drain before adding more. This slow and controlled process ensures thorough extraction and a nuanced cup.
- Follow the Time Guidelines
Pay close attention to the brewing time. A typical Chemex brew should take around 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust your pouring speed or grind size to maintain this time frame and achieve the perfect balance of flavors.
- Savor the Result
Finally, savor the fruits of your labor. As you take your first sip of the beautifully extracted Chemex brew, let the flavors dance on your palate, revealing the intricacies of our specialty coffee beans.
Congratulations on mastering the Chemex brewing method with Haciendo Coffee Roasters! By following our expert tips, you’ve unlocked the potential of our fresh, air roasted beans, creating a truly exceptional coffee experience. The Chemex method is a celebration of simplicity and precision, allowing the nuances of our coffee to shine brightly in each cup. We’re delighted to be a part of your coffee journey, and we look forward to providing you with more enriching coffee moments in the future. Happy brewing!