this lovely thursday brings yet another post from the mind of my husband, daniel morey. please enjoy his rantings.
As you’ve read in Molly’s previous posts, both she and I have reduced out alchohol consumption in an effort to live healthier lives. This became especially difficult for me as I had been a beer, wine and whiskey enthusiast for some time, even brewing my own beer several times a year. So to help offset the transition, I wasted no time diving head first into the realm of coffee. I’ve been in love with good coffee since I was a kid, but not until VERY recently, had I made it a hobby. So much in fact that I was very fortunate to receive a Chemex for my birthday (from my beautiful and thoughtful wife). So without wasting any more time, here’s a post on making pour over coffee with a Chemex……
Gather your materials. If you’re stepping up to a Chemex, I’m going to assume that you don’t need me to list of what you’re going to need to make and just say that you’ll need the Chemex and a filter. The coffee I’m using is from a local roaster who just opened their door last September by the name of Gaslight Roasters. You can take your fixie over to their shop HERE.
STEP 1 – Start boiling your water and use a thermometer. You don’t want to add boiling water to the grounds, so take the pot off the heat when the water reaches 200deg. In the mean, use your food scale to weigh out 30grams of coffee beans. You can play with this amount later on, but as a starting point, this will make one cup. Ground the beans into a consistency between table and Kosher salt.
STEP 2- put a fresh filter into the Chemex. The filters are basically a folded piece of square paper, so face the 3-ply side towards the spout of the Chemex. Once your water is at 200 deg, pour a generous amount through the filter WITHOUT COFFEE in it, to clean the paper. Then empty the water out.
Step 3 – Pour your fresh ground coffee into the newly wet filter and slowly add 60 grams of water to simply wet the grounds. This is called the “bloom” and should occur for about 45 seconds. Your coffee’s aroma will really come alive, so don’t be shy about sticking your face into it for a healthy whiff.
Step 4 – Pour the remaining 340 grams of water over the coffee. Pour slowly, keeping away from the edged of the filter but saturating the grounds thoroughly. This is the brewing process and should last for about 3 minutes. Once the water has gone through the filter, remove the filter from the Chemex and throw away.
FINALLY – your coffee is ready to drink. Grab your favorite mug and pour the coffee in, or if you’re a poor hipster, feel free to drink right from the Chemex.