How to make a great cup of coffee with a Chemex coffee maker




Aaron Blanco of Brown Coffee Co. in San Antonio demonstrates the art of making coffee. Instructions and links:

For every gram of coffee, add 16 grams of water. Opinions vary on how coarse to grind the beans. Find the level that works for you.

Check out the Chemex coffee maker:
Hario kettle for good pours:
Portable Hario coffee bean grinder:

0:16 What you need: Chemex, filters, beans, hot water.
0:30 Step 1: Place a rinsed filter in the Chemex.
0:44 Fill filter with ground, fresh coffee. Make a whole in the center.
1:02 Pour hot water, around 200 degrees, into center of coffee to let it bloom for 30 seconds.
1:30 Pour hot water in a ring, starting from the outside.
1:56 Create an island of dry coffee grounds in the center. Save that for last.
2:30 Key goal of brewing with a Chemex: Avoid mudslides.
3:30 Enjoy.

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32 Comments

  1. Slaxxy O'Brien
    July 17, 2015
    Reply

    If you invest in a Zojirushi machine ($109+) you will always have 200F water on hand so you will never have to spend more than 10 seconds on attaining hot water. The three minutes you have to wait for fresh coffee will never be enough time to turn 200F water cold but just enough time for you to have a nice cup of joe.

  2. ram1130
    July 22, 2015
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    Thanks for the tips. Just got my Chemex today and I can't wait to use it. PS, I love the Cortaves from Brown.

  3. Wherethecolorsgo
    September 13, 2015
    Reply

    You run my favorite coffee shop?! I've been considering this coffee maker for awhile now and the fact that you use it has made up my mind. Thank you for providing great coffee, and helping others make it too!

  4. welmholtz
    October 17, 2015
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    but…you're just playing with the way you pour water. Ridiculous.

  5. Cryst▲l St▲sis
    October 17, 2015
    Reply

    so it's a drip coffee maker ok

  6. Rick H
    October 19, 2015
    Reply

    Yeah, but where's the crema?

  7. OneOutOfTenPulls
    December 27, 2015
    Reply

    Okay thx for the tutorial.. I'll stick with my old coffee maker

  8. CoffeeLiberal
    December 31, 2015
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    so torn because this guys method looks awesome but hes a homophobic shit bag and i dont want my coffee to be made, even vicariously, by a douche. hmmmm

  9. Calvin Lindstrom
    January 6, 2016
    Reply

    I used this video to make coffee for my dad on his birthday.☕️

  10. jackiecas1
    January 17, 2016
    Reply

    this guy seems to be so inconvenienced to be making this video lol

  11. Joseph Garlitz
    January 17, 2016
    Reply

    Aaron, you look so young… Lol

  12. Matt H
    February 16, 2016
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    I just came here b/c I read in an article that our hipster president uses this thing and was curious. Glad my tax dollars could help the peeps in the White House buy 150 of them with the presidential seal on it. Myself, I have a Mr. Coffee coffee pot I've had for years and I use Folgers pre-ground med-dark roast. My coffee takes about 2 minutes to setup before I go to bed and I enjoy the hell out of it when I wake up.

  13. moofushu
    February 16, 2016
    Reply

    This reminds me of the time in chemistry lab when I accidentally mixed two chemicals my teacher said we should never combine.

  14. joselyn mason
    February 27, 2016
    Reply

    Damn this is pretentious.

  15. Sahar_R
    March 4, 2016
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    What a pretentious way to make coffee. Looks like a vase, which is probably is. A complete waste of money. This should be an activity for single people, ain't no body got time for dat!

  16. Raymond Luciano
    May 11, 2016
    Reply

    i was given a 30g of coffee to 453 (16oz ) of water is this ok? What happens if I want to make double this? Would it still take 3:30 or should i expect it to be longer?

  17. StupidNub
    July 3, 2016
    Reply

    Looks weak as fuck bro.

  18. cbi1991
    September 2, 2016
    Reply

    we are asked to brew coffee, cup at a time , to our guests at our restaurant. it takes too long, coffee is not hot enough. complete nonsense.

  19. Bart Heemskerk
    November 24, 2016
    Reply

    Best pour ever!

  20. Hannah Gavigan
    December 28, 2016
    Reply

    Literally the best video, made the tastiest PNG chemex using your techniques! Cheers

  21. pianogus
    February 26, 2017
    Reply

    Thanks. Very instructive.

  22. Lucy Pender
    March 14, 2017
    Reply

    Looks like you don't end up with hot coffee, though.

  23. Zachary Ragon
    April 10, 2017
    Reply

    The way you flooded that filter with water is pretty much the exact opposite of what everyone else does and says to do.

  24. Romaine Athey
    April 26, 2017
    Reply

    All of my woodworks I made with Woodprix. Google Woodprix and start your project.

  25. Matt Trombetta
    June 30, 2017
    Reply

    I seem to get the "traffic jam" you talk about every time.

  26. Matthew Archer
    August 24, 2017
    Reply

    Bad advice. check out you tube for better techniques.

  27. Leonardo Castillo
    September 12, 2017
    Reply

    enjoy that cold coffee after 2 hours of filtering

  28. Robertoni7
    September 29, 2017
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    I found a 4-cup Chemex at the thrift store for $2.39. Looks exactly the same as this one, but a little smaller. They apparently didn't know what what it was. YAAY ME!!!

  29. Leester
    October 23, 2017
    Reply

    Single-cup #4 cone with paper filter and an electric kettle and done.

  30. Book Omar
    November 5, 2017
    Reply

    to play devils advocate how is this different from a typical drip coffee machine? That's exactly how it makes it but without the manual hassle

  31. Matthew Dailey
    November 15, 2017
    Reply

    The coffee coming from the Chemex seemed very light. Is this because of the beans or does it always tend to be a very light brew?

  32. What Ever
    November 20, 2017
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    By the time the coffee goes through the filter, it is not piping hot anymore. The way most people like their coffee. ±Did you know there are machines that do the exact same thing?

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