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Chemex Pour Over Tips and Tricks - How to Use

Chemex Pour Over Tips and Tricks - How to Use
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A few helpful tips for using your Chemex Coffee Maker

Pour-overs are a wonderful and easy method of making a lovely cup of coffee. But just because they're easy, doesn't mean there aren't a few helpful tips that can guide you making the best coffee. 

Here's a couple of How To videos that offer a number of useful ideas and methods.

Key points

  • Rinse filter paper before putting in your ground coffee to eliminate any flavours from the paper
  • Use 60g of coffee to 1 litre of water
  • Pour just enough water to fully wet the coffee at the beginning of your pouring, eliminating the possibility of coffee rising and sticking to the filter paper
  • Use a timer to ensure proper brew time


Key points

  • Place the filter into the Chemex with the 3 fold side against the spout to prevent it folding in and creating a seal (if you are using the unfolded circle filters)
  • Rinse filter with water that is just below boiling to eliminate paper taste and to allow for a more consistent brewing temperature
  • Use a medium-corse grind for your coffee
  • Pour water in a constant stream to avoid agitating the coffee and over brewing

A Few More Tips on Time and Weight

  • A recommended amount of time for a brew is 4 minutes
  • Using a timer to ensure you keep within this time is an asset.
  • Using 45g of coffee to 750g of water (around 26 ounces) is a good ratio to start with. You can adjust both measurements to your preferences over time.

Here's a chart that breaks down ideal time and weight in a 4 minute pour:

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