Hourglass (Chemex) Brew Guide
Renowned for an unbeatable, clean cup of coffee and a design icon - the Chemex is a legendary coffee maker! Here is our favourite recipe for making the best coffee with your Hourglass brewer:
Place the folded filter paper into the top of the hourglass brewer with the thicker side against the spout.
Rinse the filter paper thoroughly with hot water using this water to pre-heat the glass and swirl to rinse clean. Then empty the brewer.
Place the ground coffee into the filter and gently shake to achieve an even bed.
Bloom the coffee by adding 2g of your brew water for every 1g of ground coffee. If unevenly saturated, stir the bloom to ensure all the coffee is wet. Leave for 30 seconds from when the water first came into contact with the ground coffee.
Now slowly add the remaining water, continuously pouring in small circles over the centre of the coffee while being careful not to overfill.
Once the last of the water has been added gently scrape any coffee that is clinging to the top of the filter paper back down into the water. As the water draws down, give it a gentle stir. A slight dome should form in the coffee bed. Once the filter has stopped dripping the coffee is brewed.
When it comes to coffee - fresh is best. Purchase fresh coffee beans from your local cafe or roastery, grinding as required using a hand or electric grinder.
A gooseneck kettle gives you the most control over the flow rate of your brew water. The use of a gooseneck kettle makes a noticeable improvement to pour over coffee.
Start every brew by initially blooming the coffee for 30 seconds. We recommend adding 2g of water for every 1g of ground coffee. Blooming exposes the ground coffee to a small amount of water encouraging it to begin to release it's flavours before the total volume of the brew water is added.
Do your best to ensure the correct water temperature is maintained throughout the whole brewing process - this will help ensure a more even extraction.
After the bloom - add the remaining water in one continuous pour, keeping the water level topped up until it has all been added.
If your coffee brews faster or slower than what is suggested in the recipe try adjusting the grind (finer if too fast or coarser if too slow).
Clean after use.
Wash with hot water and dry.