Finally, the classic Chemex goes up against the famous Hario V60 dripper. Which brewer is better?
What is a Chemex Pour-Over?
The Chemex coffee maker is a pour-over style coffee maker. Dr. Peter Schlimbohm invented first Chemex in 1941. A 8 cup Chemex pour-over is the only coffee brewer on permanent display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Renown designer Ralph Caplan said the Chemex was “a synthesis of logic and madness”.
What is a Hario V60 Dripper?
The Hario Company started in 1921 in Toyko, Japan. In the beginning, they only made laboratory glassware. In the 1940s they expanded their business to include coffee brewing equipment. Alongside their coffee equipment, they also make heatproof glass and plastic products. Interesting, this now includes vehicle headlight glass and microwave cookware. Hario is a well-known and trusted brand among coffee connoisseurs.
How to Brew Coffee in Your Chemex
2. Use Chemex filters – they’ve been washed four times, which means you get all the coffee flavour and none of the paper flavour.
3. Use 1 rounded tbsp for every 5 oz cup. Go stronger if you like! Chemex brews clean and strong, never bitter.
4. Bring your water to boil, then let stand for 30 seconds.
5. Pour a small amount of water over coffee and watch it “bloom.”
6. After the bloom, slowly pour more water into grinds until the water level is about 1/2″ away from the top edge of the glass.
7. Slowly pour the rest of the water – this is where the spiral pattern comes in – over the grounds.
8. Remove the filter and grinds. Makes excellent compost.
9. Take time to enjoy the aroma and flavours of your coffee. Chemex Coffee is one of life’s small (but wonderful) indulgences.