If there’s one thing you should know about Brennan and I as a couple it’s that we love our coffee, Brennan especially. As a house warming gift for the both of us I decided to give the well known Chemex a try. Being that Brennan is the expert in this subject I asked him to share his thoughts:
“Recently, our quality of life has increased drastically.
You may be scratching your head right now, wondering: “What could possibly exponentially increase someone’s level of contentment so quickly?”
It’s a valid question, as most of us are always on the lookout for shortcuts and so-called lifehacks in order to make our day-to-day activities go smoother. If you’re a coffee-person, like Rachelle and I both are, you need not look further than the Chemex.
Chemex is a simple-yet-revolutionary brewing method. It is essentially a carafe with a built-in pourover device. The glass does not absorb and retain flavors, as is common with plastic autodrip devices, and this results in a clean, true flavor profile again and again. The real star of the show, however, is the Chemex filters. They are thick, which helps to retain water in the grounds and allows for a more even extraction. The resulting brew has a clean, crisp flavor and a light body. If you prefer your coffee as thick as syrup, this is not the tool for you.
Elegant in both form and function, Chemex is hands-down our favorite brewing device thus far. It is simple to pick up and brew, even for complete beginners, and the science behind it can open up an entire world of coffee usually unseen by most bean-hogs. If it seems to you that the Chemex is nothing more than a tricked-out Erlenmeyer flask, then you are correct. It is the result of a man’s love affair with both coffee and chemistry. With a wooden heat guard and corded with a leather thong, It makes for an attractive and useful addition to the modern kitchen.
Before you jump ship and zip over to Amazon to make good use of that Prime membership that you never use, consider the following:
- Chemex coffee takes longer to brew than most pourover apparatus, due to the thicker filter. The slower drip means that the hot water stays in the upper portion of the device for a longer time.
- Chemex coffee is lighter in body and cleaner in flavor. The flavors of the roast become more pronounced and distinct, resulting in a lighter, easier-drinking beverage than your usual auto-drip.
- Chemex gives you greater control over the entire process. You choose the water temperature (we brew ours at the recommended 200° F), the grind consistency (we prefer very fine), the ratio of water-to-grounds, and you can extract more evenly than you ever could with an auto-drip machine. Just remember: With great power comes great responsibility.
- Chemex is love, Chemex is life.
All-in-all, the Chemex is a lean, mean, brewing machine. It slices, dices, and chicken-fried rices the competition. You can even brew espresso with this marvel! If you’re looking for a quick and easy cup o’ joe, though, you’re better off getting yourself an auto-drip machine. If you’re really pressed for time and are willing to sacrifice flavor (at least in my opinion), a Keurig might be the better option. Neither of these can hold a candle to Chemex, though, and hand-brewing is a rewarding experience. Nothing hits the spot like a cup you brewed yourself first thing in the morning.”