Good morning, friends! Today I want to share one of my favorite ways to brew coffee! I am one of those stereotypical mommas with a coffee addiction. Just slap one of those “But first, coffee” t-shirts on me paired with my LuLaRoe leggings, a messy top knot, and a mug that says “Mom Fuel” on it. So basic. I know. But the way I brew coffee is anything but basic.
Don’t get me wrong – I like my instant cup coffee too! Sometimes you just need a dang cup of coffee in 15 seconds. But most mornings I enjoy taking a few more minutes to make coffee in my Chemex.
Using a Chemex coffee maker is (in my opinion) the simplest way to make a smooth and delicious pot of coffee. All you need is a Chemex (here), a paper Chemex filter (here), boiling water, and good COFFEE. The Chemex is made of glass – there are no tiny parts to clean. This is a BIG deal for me because let’s face it friends, I am lazy. I would never clean something with a bunch of little pieces to wash and sanitize. I want to mention that up front because some of you are already looking at this thing and thinking that it is going to be difficult to use. It isn’t.
My favorite coffee to use is Shuffle Bean Coffee. Good quality coffee is always a good start! I personally like to grind my own coffee with this inexpensive little grinder, so I use whole bean coffee. Shuffle Bean coffee can be purchased as whole bean (here), pre-ground (here), and in k-cups (here)! So if you’re just looking to improve your instant cup experience- grab the k-cups!
First things first, I fill up my electric kettle (I use this one) to the 1 liter mark and turn it on. I have a medium size 6-cup Chemex and this is the perfect amount of water for me because I make an entire pot and heat it up throughout the morning. You can obviously just boil a few cups of water on the stove but electric kettles are seriously handy to have and super affordable! There are specific instructions that come with the Chemex for how hot the water should be. I take the kettle off the burner or turning the kettle off just as it starts boiling.
While the water is heating up I put the filter in the top of the Chemex and drip a little hot water from the sink into it and swirl it around to get the filter settled and stuck to the glass. I pour out that water. Then I put my coffee in. I eyeball it but ideally, you should use 1 TBS of coffee per 5 oz of water. But hey, go crazy and make it really strong if you want! I fill the grounds up to the top of the wooden sleeve for the amount of water I use. The electric kettle is usually boiling by the time I’ve completed these steps. I immediately pick it up and pour just enough water into the Chemex in a circular motion to get the grounds wet and let it sit for about 60 seconds. This allows the grounds to bloom. Then I continue with the rest of the water, waiting for it to drip down between pouring. Once all the water had dripped down you can pick up the filter and toss it!