Effort Index: 8

The Gear: A Chemex ($30–$50), a pouring kettle ($60), and filters ($7), available at

The Method: Grind coffee medium coarse; 42 g makes 20 oz. of coffee. Rinse paper filter. Do this method in a series of three pours. First pour (bloom pour): Pour just enough hot water to saturate grounds with very little dripping into brewer. Second pour: Pour in a circle while staying away from the edge of the Chemex. Fill to 1/4 in. below rim of the brewer. Third pour: Slowly pour in a circle, wetting all the grounds. Fill to rim. After it’s filled to 20 oz., pull filter and enjoy.

Barista Notes: “Brewing with a Chemex is my favorite because it is widely known to be the cleanest cup of coffee. It has the least sediment of all the methods available because the filters are the least porous.”

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Steve Holt can be reached at @TheBostonWriter

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