The Chemex is one of the most beloved devices in the coffee world. If you love yours as much as we love ours, we’re sure you’ll love these three popular uses for your Chemex!

The Pour-Over Method

This is probably why most of you bought a Chemex to begin with. It is one of the highest rated pour-over coffee makers on the market because it’s easy to use and understand, with a simple clean up process- a coffee lover’s dream.

What you’ll need:Atlas Coffee Club Pour Over

  • Chemex + filter
  • Timer
  • 6 Tbl. coffee, medium-coarse grind
  • ~5 cups boiling water (~1300g)
  • Spoon
  • Mug


  1. Fit filter so that single fold is facing away from the spout with multiple fold side lined up with the spout.
  2. Rinse filter with hot water. This will allow the filter to create a nice tight seal around the mouth of the Chemex (and eliminate any paper taste in the final product). Dump water, folding filter towards the spout.
  3. Grind coffee (if not ground already) to a medium coarse ground (should look like Kosher salt).
  4. Start timer and pour water just off the boil (~10 Tbl. worth) over grounds to saturate them. Stir to make sure there aren’t any clumps.
  5. At :45, start the second pour, reintegrating coffee and water well. It helps to pour in a wave or zigzag motion, then in a spiral until liquid reaches almost a fingertip’s worth away from the brim (~2 cups water).
  6. At 1:45, fill Chemex to the brim with the rest of the water (~3 cups).
  7. When timer hits the 4 minute mark, the Chemex should be about full. Lift the filter, hovering over the mouth of the Chemex to let drain, before removing entirely.
  8. Swirl Chemex around a bit to stir brewed coffee and serve!

Flash Brewed Coffee

Flash brew coffee is fast becoming a trending topic in the coffee world. Here’s how you can try some using a Chemex! This particular recipe is for 3-4 12 oz. cups of coffee.

What you’ll need:

  • Chemex + filter
  • 6 Tbl. (96g) coffee, coarse grind
  • ~1 1/2 cups (425g) ice
  • ~3 cups (680g) water
  • Kettle
  • Timer


  1. Fit filter with three folds facing pouring spout and run hot water over it, creating a seal and eliminating paper taste. Discard water.
  2. Add ice to Chemex carafe.
  3. Fill kettle and start heating water.
  4. Add coffee to filter, creating a hole in the center of the “Chemex bed”.
  5. Tare scale and put Chemex on top.
  6. Just before water boils, take off heat and let water rest for ~30 seconds.
  7. Start timer and pour only enough water to saturate the coffee- the less you can use the better! Let “bloom” (expand) for 30-45 seconds.
  8. Pouring in a circular motion, add enough water to reach halfway up the filter cone. Keep adding water slowly, in stages until “crust” dissipates. Try to add all water before 3 1/2 minute mark.
  9. Let coffee brew until timer hits 4 1/2 minutes.
  10. Remove filter and serve!

Tea Brewing

This one is for all you tea drinkers out there. Thought you didn’t need a Chemex cause you don’t drink coffee? Think again! This particular recipe is from the butterbeans blog and is for mint tea, but you can make any loose leaf tea work.


What you’ll need:

  • Mint leaves
  • Grinder/food processor/blender
  • Chemex + filter (or tea strainer)
  • Water


  1. While bringing water to a boil, rinse mint leaves in sink.
  2. Add mint to grinder and emulsify them.
  3. Fit Chemex with filter (or strainer) and add mint.
  4. Pour water in a circular motion over mint.
  5. Remove filter and serve hot or chilled. To serve chilled, put Chemex in refrigerator for an hour or two.


Consider giving one of these recipes a try (if you haven’t already) next time you bust out your Chemex!

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