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The Benefits of Brewing with a Chemex

The Benefits of Brewing with a Chemex

Did you know we serve Chemex brewed coffee at select Water Street locations? If you like your coffee clean and pure, this is the brewing method for you!


The Chemex Coffeemaker was created in 1941 by Peter Schlumbohm. The shape was inspired by an Erlenmeyer flask using non-porous glass (plastic equivalents develop cracks and fissures over time which can house mineral deposits affecting the overall flavor). Also assisting the clean taste is the Chemex filter which is 30% thicker than traditional filters. The heavy filter eliminates unwanted fats or oils, resulting in a clean, pure, flavorful cup of coffee without bitterness or sediment.

Chemex Coffeemakers and filters are available to purchase in one of our cafés or online.


So why would you order a Chemex as opposed to our other brewing methods? We put this list together to give you a better idea of the nuances of different brewing methods.

1. Brewed Coffee

Coffee is medium ground and brewed using an automatic drip process. This is the process most people are use on a daily basis. Because our coffee is freshly roasted locally and brewed within the hour, it is rich and aromatic with distinct, well-developed characteristics.

2. French Press or Press Pot

Coffee is coarsely ground and placed right in the pot, hot water is added. Filtration occurs after a 4-8 minute steep when a filter, often made of mesh wire, is pressed down over the coffee. Brewed to order and as fresh as it gets! This coffee is not for the faint of heart! Intensely flavored, press pot coffee is thick, muddy, heavy-bodied, rich and acidic.

3. Americano

Super finely ground coffee is brewed under extreme pressure in an espresso machine, then hot water is added. A great option for fans of dark roasts. Americanos display great depth and exceptional smoothness.

4. Iced Coffee

Brewed using a traditional drip method and then allowed to cool. Typically mild, full flavored, and great for a hot day. To prevent this coffee from getting watered down try it with coffee cubes!

5. Iced Coffee with a BANG

Using a unique method, this concoction is brewed in our kitchen using a triple strength cold brew method. Strong, muddy flavor, this coffee has GRIT, not to mention about three times the caffeine of a traditional cup of coffee.

6. Chemex

Coffee is ground medium fine and drips slowly through a dense paper filter.  This is also a pour-over method of brewing coffee. Brewed to order and as fresh as it gets! Perfect for bringing out the complexities of lighter roasted, more nuanced coffees, the Chemex creates an infinitely smooth cup.


At Water Street one of our favorite things to do is bring our staff in to have hands-on experiences. Before starting our Chemex brewed coffee in the shops, we had everyone come in to our Roaster for a tasting of our current seasonal coffees and a Chemex tutorial.

In the photo at the top of the page, you’ll see that a barista pours just enough water in the Chemex to wet the grounds and see the bloom appear. Next time you are in we challenge you to try something a little different – it might just be your new favorite brew!

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