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How to use a Chemex Coffee Pot

James Shows How To Pour When Using A Chemex

Something that I love about Mission Arabica is that it gives us a chance to meet some really cool people that are passionate about coffee. Two of those people that I had the privilege to meet recently are James and Nikole Meadows. They are the owners of a coffee shop called Java House and on Mission Arabica’s website launch day, Nikole reached out to me and offered to share some of her knowledge from being in the coffee business. I of course jumped at the opportunity and thought it would be a great chance to learn and not only that, but an opportunity to film that learning and share it with you as well!

Instructions On How To Use A Chemex

The topic we decided on: How to use a Chemex.  A Chemex is a brewing method that was developed by a chemist with the goal of creating the perfect cup of coffee.  I have heard that the Chemex brewing method is one of the best out there (Gabe loves it) because it basically combines the benefits of a full submersion method (like a french press) with the cleaner taste of a pour over. This is partially accomplished due to a much more dense filter than a traditional filter and because of that dense filter, the grounds will stay submerged in water for several minutes before the water (now coffee) is fully drained into the pot.  According to the folks at Chemex, when this dense filter is combined with 190-200 degree water and the brewing technique demonstrated in the video below a process called fractional extraction occurs where the coffee fats and bitter elements are left in the grounds resulting in one of the cleanest tasting cups of coffee around with no bitterness.

That being said, I don’t want to spoil all the fun, so I will let James and Nikole take it from here:

If you are interested in purchasing the products in this video, they can be found on Amazon here:

Detailed step by step instructions can be found on the Chemex website here.

I just want to give a special thanks to James and Nikole for teaching us about Java House and showing us how to use a Chemex. I hope to do some more videos with them again in the future. Also, a big thank you out to my cousin-in-law David Sankovich for filming and editing the video. He put a lot of hard work into it and it really shows.

I hope you enjoyed this video, I know I had a lot of fun making it. If you did enjoy it, do me a favor and let me know in the comments below and share this post on Facebook so others can enjoy it as well.  Thanks and Happy Brewing!