How to Brew Coffee Using a Chemex

How to Brew Coffee Using a Chemex

Why choose a chemex?

A pour-over gives you control over your coffee flavor without any of the grit introduced by a french press.


  • Weigh out and grind the coffee. Use a medium-coarse grind that resembles sea salt.
  • Unfold the Chemex filter and place it into the Chemex. Ensure that the three of the four layers are resting against the pour spout.
  • Completely wet the Chemex filter with hot water. Dispose of the filter water by pouring it out of the pour spout.
  • Pour the ground coffee into the pre-wet filter, making sure the coffee bed is level.
  • Add 65g of water to the coffee bed. Gently agitate the coffee bed with the handle of a spoon. Let the water saturate the grounds for 45 seconds.
  • Add the remainder of the water to the coffee bed. Do so within 45 seconds.
  • Once all of the water is added, give the Chemex a few spins to agitate the grounds within the coffee bed.
  • This entire process should take around 4.5 minutes, a 4 minute brew time and a 30 second draw down time.
  • Serve and enjoy!

What You Need

  • Ground Coffee - Medium Coarse Grind
  • Chemex Coffee Maker
  • Scale
  • Spoon
  • Hot Water (around 205°F)

Recommended Ratio

We recommend a 1:17 coffee to water ratio. For a 6 cup chemex, use:

30g of coffee
510g of water

Brew Time

4.5 minutes