Home Brewing Guide: Chemex


Chemex was invented by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm PhD in 1941, and since then, it was never redesigned -- an hourglass-shaped vessel made of heat-resistant glass, and a polished wood collar and leather tie. A coffee made with Chemex is similar to a drip coffee, rich and clean.

What you need:

  1. Chemex carafe
  2. Chemex filter
  3. Gooseneck kettle
  4. Grinder
  5. Digital scale
  6. Timer

Step 1:

Fold the Chemex filter paper.

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Then place it in the Chemex carafe, with the thicker portion positioned toward the spout.

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Step 2:

Wet the filter with hot water, then discard the water. Rinsing gets rid of the papery taste.

Step 3:

Grind 25 grams of coffee to a medium-coarse, and put it into the filter of the Chemex carafe.

Step 4:

Gently pour 40 grams of water, just off the boil. Start from the center, slowly spiraling outward the coffee bed, and then going back to the center.

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Let it sit for 30 seconds, as it ‘blooms.’

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Step 5:

Repeat the same spiraling outward and inward pouring three times with 120 grams of water each. Don’t forget the 30-second gaps each.

Step 6:

Once the last drip drops, remove the paper filter, and pour the coffee to your cup. Enjoy!

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Try it with Our Coffee

The Philippines is one of the few countries that produces the four species of coffee: Arabica, Liberica (Barako), Excelsa and Robusta. Climatic and soil conditions in the Philippines - from the lowland to mountain regions - make the country suitable for all four species. At Commune, we take pride in using only high quality beans, sourced directly from farmers, in various coffee-growing areas in the country like Benguet, Sagada, South Cotobato, Kapatagan and Bukidnon.

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