How Do You Make Coffee With a Chemex?

chemex coffee maker

by Matt Gibson

Invented back in the 1940’s, the Chemex coffee maker is considered the quintessential pour over brewing device and is a staple in the kitchens of coffee connoisseurs around the globe. The simple and elegant design remains the same as it did when the first line of Chemex brewers were released, and the very same components are used to make modern Chemex models, as they have throughout the history of their product line.

Chemex coffee makers consist of a tapered glass cone shaped filter holder and coffee carafe, a wooden handle that fits together where the cone shape converges, and a leather cord that is knotted in the middle to hold the whole package together. 

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What makes Columbian coffee unique?

columbian coffee plantation

by Matt Gibson and Erin Marissa Russell

The country of Colombia and the coffee industry are inseparable entities. Colombia’s unique geographical area and biologically diverse landscape makes the country well equipped to create some of the most beloved coffee in the world. Colombia’s coffee coalition, the National Federation of Coffee Growers, dubbed the FNC for short, is responsible for a marketing effort that has kept Colombia’s coffee sector in the spotlight of international media since the 1950s. 

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Are Espresso Machines Worth It?

krups super automatic

by Matt Gibson

Do you find yourself going to Starbucks or other coffee shops every morning to get your caffeine fix? If you buy an espresso drink every day or just about every day, you will save a lot of money purchasing a home espresso machine and making your own espresso instead, unless of course, you continue to buy espresso at the coffee shop as well. In fact, if you drink espresso regularly, you can save a tremendous amount of money from buying your own espresso machine, but we’ll get into the numbers later on in this article. There are plenty of other factors to consider besides cost as well. Let’s dive in. 

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Why is my pour over coffee so weak?

pour over coffee

QUESTION: Why is my pour over coffee so weak? I’ve made several cups, and it looks more like tea and doesn’t taste right. – Victoria F

ANSWER: Pour over coffee is a much more involved brewing process than electric drip coffee machines, and getting used to the technique can take some practice. If you find that you are getting a weak brew from your pour over coffee, there are several ways to alter your technique to get a better technique. Pour over coffee is all about perfecting your pour, and you may need to invest in a better piece of equipment to improve your control over the pour as well. 

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What’s the Best Coffee to Order?

coffee shop interior

QUESTION: What’s the best coffee to order? My girlfriend like going to coffee shops, but I’ve never really been into coffee that much. What should I try? – Arnold K

ANSWER: When you’re just starting to appreciate stopping at the coffee shop for a tasty caffeine fix, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming—so we’ve created this guide to introduce you to some of the best coffee drinks to order. Take a few moments to review the descriptions we’ve listed here of the drinks we recommend. We’ve worked hard to include selections that everyone can enjoy. 

If you want to go even deeper, we have this complete list of different coffee drinks.

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Can I Use Pre-Ground Coffee For Pour Over?

pour over coffee and a chemex
If you think this guy is going to make you a pour over with Folgers, you’d better think again.

QUESTION: Can I use regular ground coffee for pour over? Like could you make it with Folgers or Starbucks ground coffee that you buy at the grocery store? – Elliot F

ANSWER: Yes, you can technically make pour over with Folgers. But using pre-ground coffee to brew coffee in a pour over device is like hiring the London Philharmonic Orchestra to play the two chord punk-rock song that your high school band wrote.

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Is Drip Coffee The Same As Pour Over?

pour over vs drip coffee

by Matt Gibson

Both the pour over coffee brewing technique and the standard electric drip coffee maker produce coffee by pouring hot water over coffee grounds and straining the liquid out through a filter. However, the end result of each of these two brewing methods is very different. Drip coffee is typically done with very little involvement or input from you, while the pour over technique is a very hands-on way to make coffee, where the brewer is in control of many different elements of the brewing process, which allows for a much more customizable cup. 

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Why Is Pour Over Coffee So Good?

chemex pour over coffee

by Matt Gibson

Pour over coffee has been around for over 70 years. The method didn’t take the coffee world by storm like pod brewing has in recent years. Instead, people came around to enjoy the pour over method slowly but surely. The Chemex pour over device was the first pour over brewing system to be introduced to the western world, and it quietly developed a cult-like following that grew steadily over several decades. Pour over coffee is not the most popular brewing technique in the world, but it has amassed quite a large and loyal following, and those who use the method swear by it emphatically, and are quick to boast of how their favorite brewing technique produces the finest cup of coffee in the world. 

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What Happens If You Grind Coffee Too Fine?

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by Matt Gibson

The very first step in the process of determining how your coffee is going to taste is the way the coffee is ground and the size of the grinds you create. The most perfect beans, the ideal roast, pure filtered water and a high dollar coffee maker, can all combine to make bad coffee if the grind is mishandled. On the other hand, some mediocre beans, tap water, and a standard electric drip coffee maker can combine to make an excellent cup of coffee if the grind is well executed. 

The goal when grinding coffee is to break down the beans so that the flavor, aroma, oils, and caffeine content can be extracted when brewing. Grinding your coffee beans gives them a larger surface area, allowing your hot water to make contact with more coffee during extraction. No matter what kind of coffee you are brewing, there are a few general rules to follow when grinding coffee: 

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