We love pour-over coffee, and one of our favorite pour-over style brewers is the Chemex. The thick paper filter makes the cleanest cups of coffee we’ve ever had and brings out the best flavors in delicate light roasts.
Part of the reason we love the Chemex so much is the nearly endless number of ways you can use it to make coffee. There are almost as many Chemex recipes as coffee drinkers, and trying out other people’s favorite methods is fun and rewarding. In this guide, we run down 12 of our favorite Chemex recipes to help give you some ideas. Try them out and see what you think!
Top 12 Tasty Chemex Recipes:
1. Smile Tiger Coffee Roasters
To kick things off, we have a solid daily driver recipe. This is a great starting point for new Chemex users and makes a smooth, clean cup. We recommend using a medium to medium-light roast, but you can use any coffee you like and get good results.
Make sure to rinse grounds from the sides of the filters with each pour.
2. Iced Chemex
Next, we have our go-to iced Chemex recipe. This recipe is perfect for hot, humid weather and makes strong iced coffee that doesn’t taste watered down. The trick is to divide the total water evenly between water and ice. We recommend a dark roast to enhance the sweetness, but your favorite coffee will work just fine.
3. Brewing is for Everyone
This recipe is perfect for light roasts and makes a sharp, vibrant cup of coffee. It’s a two-stage brew with a bloom followed by a single pour. We like this recipe because of its simplicity and consistency. It’s easy to make great coffee with it and it is simple enough to reproduce daily.
4. Paul Ross
If you love strong coffee, this is the perfect recipe for you. This one uses a higher coffee to water ratio to produce a bold, flavorful cup. Since this is a Chemex recipe, it still makes a very clear cup of coffee, but with an extra kick to it.
5. Comandante Iced Coffee
This pulse pour iced coffee recipe comes from grinder manufacturer Comandante. The benefit of a recipe from a grinder company is they can be very specific about the grind size. Unfortunately, if you don’t use their grinder, you’ll have to make your best guess. A medium grind is always a good starting point.
This is another multi-pour recipe from Filtru. It is somewhat complicated, but your effort is rewarded with a deliciously bright cup in the end. We think this recipe is best with an acidic light roast. Multiple pours really enhance the acidity and bring out the best in a complex bean.
7. Strong Hot Coffee
Next on the list, we have another recipe for strong coffee lovers. This one uses a 1:12 coffee to water ratio, which is significantly stronger than the standard 1:16 ratio. The key to getting this one right is to pour slowly. We found this works best with a medium to medium-dark roast.
8. Blue Bottle Chemex
Blue Bottle is a big player in the specialty coffee industry, and they know their stuff. Their Chemex recipe is perfect for making large batches at a time. If you have company or want a big mugful all to yourself, this is the perfect recipe to try.
9. Slow Pour
This recipe is very similar to the standard recipe we described at number one. The primary difference is the extremely slow pour. Pouring slowly will take some practice, but it’s worth it. The result is a smooth, strong cup with enhanced sweetness and not even the slightest hint of bitterness.
10. George Howell Recipe
This recipe comes from one of our favorite Boston area coffee roasters, George Howell Coffee. It is a solid recipe, but the multiple pours make it somewhat complicated for beginners. It’s not overly difficult, though, and we love the coffee we get from it.
11. Slightly Stronger Coffee
If you like your coffee just a tad stronger than most, this recipe is for you. It uses a 1:15 coffee to water ratio, which is ever so slightly stronger than the industry standard 1:16 ratio. The result is a bold cup that isn’t too strong for most people’s tastes.
12. Single Fast Pour
Our last recipe is another strong one, this time with around a 1:11 coffee to water ratio. We like this recipe because it produces a slightly different cup than the other Chemex recipes we’ve tried. The trick is to balance the large amount of coffee with a fast pour. This gives you a strong cup that isn’t bitter. We recommend using this recipe with a medium or dark roast.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide and found some new recipes to try. The Chemex is a very versatile brewer that lends itself to experimenting with your technique. These recipes are just the starting point and are meant to be a rough path to follow, not a strict, rigid framework, so get out there and get experimenting!
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