We have always believed that there is something beautiful about the process of manually brewing coffee and this is perfectly embodied by the Chemex. If you needed any confirmation, this hourglass-shaped coffee vessel invented in 1941, is featured in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Our personal favourite brewing method at CRU HQ, the Chemex produces a light and clean cup of coffee. Its all-glass construction and thick, tight woven filter papers mean that the unwanted fats or oils in a coffee is filtered out, resulting in a coffee that is light, bright and brimming with the high taste notes of a blend.
For a coffee that tastes just as beautiful as the vessel it is brewed in, check out our guide to brewing the perfect Chemex.
To prepare your Chemex, place a folded filter into it, then pre-wet with hot water to remove papery taste and preheat your vessel. Discard the hot water by holding onto the filter while you tip it over. Add your coffee grounds and give it a shake to make sure everything is evenly distributed.
In a circular motion, add approximately 40g of hot water to your grounds; this is your blooming stage. Give it a few quick stirs to agitate the coffee (so that all of the grounds are saturated) and let it bloom for 30 seconds.
Carefully remove the filter once your coffee has finished brewing, pour into your favourite mug, and most importantly enjoy!