Is it just us, or does it seem like there’s been a shift in the coffee community over the last few years. Drip coffee is out, and old-school manual brew methods are in.
If you’re a serious coffee drinker, and we’re pretty sure you are since you’re reading this, chances are you’ve had a pour-over or two. Those who enjoy pour-overs swear that it’s the best way to make a cup of Joe.
We have to agree — pour-over coffee is pretty fantastic, but you don’t have to swing by your favorite cafe to get it. It’s actually pretty easy to brew at home if you’ve got the right equipment.
One of our favorites is the Six Cup Classic Chemex®. This coffee maker brews a mean cup of coffee and looks pretty doing it. Here are 3 reasons why we love the Chemex® and why you will too.
1. It’s got style
When people discover the Chemex®, the first thing they comment on is the look. It’s not surprising — the elegant hourglass shape really makes it feel like a piece of art in your kitchen. Actually, the New York Museum of Modern Art actually has one on permanent display. So technically, it is art.
It’s a timeless design that really plays up that minimalist vibe that’s so popular right now. You also get a little bit of the rustic aesthetic with the wood collar, and you’ve got a choice of a few colors when it comes to the leather tie. We know looks aren’t everything, but they certainly don’t hurt.
2. It’s easy to use
A pour-over can feel a bit intimidating, but there really is nothing complicated about the Chemex®. Here’s how it’s done.
- Start by heating your water to between 180 and 200 degrees. The best way to do
this is to bring it to a boil and then let it sit for about 1 minute.
- Unfold your Chemex® filter and place it the top of your brewer. Make sure the three-layered side is lined up with the spout.
- Rinse your filter by pouring a small amount of hot water on it. You don’t need a lot — count to five while pouring and you should be OK. Then discard the water that’s fallen into the base of the coffee maker, being careful to keep the filter in place.
- Now it’s time to grind up your beans! Go with a medium-course setting on your grinder.
- Place your coffee in the approved filter and give your Chemex® a little shake to have the grounds settle.
- Starting in the middle, pour your water over the coffee in concentric circles. You want to make sure to wet them evenly.
- Let the coffee bloom at least 45 seconds.
- After the bloom, carefully (and in small doses) pour water over the grounds in a spiral pattern. If the water gets too close to the rim of the coffee maker, just pause for a minute to let it drain before adding more.
- Let the water drain through the filter and watch as your Chemex® fills up with deliciously fresh coffee. When it’s finished, remove the filter and discard the grounds.
- Pour and enjoy!
See? It’s not nearly as bad as you thought. It’s really not much different from that French press you’ve been rocking the last few years.
3. The coffee is wonderful
Chemex® promises “the best cup you’ve ever had, every time you have it,” and boy do they deliver.
For starters, the Chemex® is made with non-porous Borosilicate glass, which doesn’t absorb any odors of chemical residues. This means when you brew coffee in a Chemex®, the only thing you taste is the coffee. We can’t say the same for many other coffee makers out there.
It’s also amazing at delivering a cup of coffee without any sediments or bitterness. You can make the coffee as strong as you’d like and it still won’t get bitter.
And here’s a little bonus for you — If you don’t finish off your coffee, simply cover it and place it in the refrigerator. The Chemex® brews a coffee so pure that you can reheat it without losing any of the flavor. That’s how good this thing is.
The two most common complaints we hear about the Chemex® are that the filters are a bit pricey and it can take awhile to brew. It’s true that the Chemex® requires you to use the brand’s unique filters, but you can easily find a pack of 100 for under $20. And as far as time goes, the longest we’ve waited for a cup to brew is about six minutes. When you’re getting coffee this good, those seem like small prices to pay. In other words, it’s totally worth it.
Give the Chemex® a try and let us know what you think! And make sure you subscribe to The Bean Buzz to stay up to date with the latest trends in the coffee industry.