I've been keeping my eyes open for a Chemex brewer for a while. I didn't want to spend $40+ on it so I searched high and low at thrift shops, garage sales, etc.
Then, one day my friend Wendy found one at a rummage sale for $1 and she gave it to me! What a friend! I quickly bought some filters and set out to brew my first pot.
Chris responded to a desperate how-do-I-use-this-thing tweet that Intelligentsia has a fabulous coffee app, with a brew timer and instructions for brewing with a cafe solo, pourover, Chemex, cupping, siphon, and a French press. The app is incredibly useful, and I highly recommend it!
I won't go into great depth with instructions, but properly using a Chemex is a very scientific process. You are supposed to measure everything out in grams (whole beans, water added for "blooming", and final water added), use 200 degree water, calculate the bloom period, and use just perfectly ground coffee beans.
The process of using a Chemex takes a bit longer than an average cup of coffee, but it was the best cup of coffee I've ever made. The Chemex is just gorgeous, and I promise, you'll feel like a scientist when you use it!
To me, there are few things in life more enjoyable than sitting down with a few friends, drinking a cup of coffee, and chatting about life.
Do you use a Chemex (or any other fun brewer)? Have tips? I'd love to hear!