We are a coffee household here, always needing its pick-me-up powers to get us going in the morning. We’ve recently been enjoying using a pour-over funnel as our brewing technique, not only for the simplicity but also for the clarity of taste especially when compared to a cafetiere.
We’ve recently being trying a Chemex; a combined jug and funnel. Use is straightforward: the filter paper is placed in the funnel, wetted and pre-warmed with boiling water which is then poured out. The filter paper is a single circle of paper, piece folded twice and opened out. By aligning the side that has three thicknesses with the spout, it keeps its shape and pouring out the hot water is easy (we always use our BRITA filter kettle – the difference to the coffee is remarkable). Then just use as any pour over cone: add the coffee and some water just off the boil to allow the coffee to bloom before pouring the rest of the water. Once the water has dripped through, lift out the filter paper and coffee grounds and discard, and the coffee itself is ready to be poured from the jug.
We really like the style of the Chemex. There’s a timeless lab-like quality to it. It’s surprising to find that it was designed in 1941; I would have said some time in the sixties. Ours has the detachable wooden collar to insulate you from the hot glass, with a leather thong to tie it on. Capacity is very good; our ten cup brewer claims a capacity of 50 US fluid ounces (a shade under one and a half litres), but I’m not sure you could fit enough coffee into the cone for that much. It is quite tall, at just under 24 cm, and wide at 15.5 cm, so does take space on the shelf.
As a stylish way of brewing a good cup of pour-over, with the simplicity and clarity of flavour that that implies, we really like and, importantly, enjoy using the Chemex.
Fuss Free Flavours received a Chemex, coffee and a filter kettle from BRITA. All opinions our own.