Intro: How to Make Awesome Coffee in a Chem-ex!
Works like a charm and it's dead simple! Promise.
Step 1: Allons-y!
Begin with 1 tablespoon of medium ground coffee and a #4 cone filter. Place the seam in the spout to prevent it from moving about, or use a tiny bit of warm water to wet the edges of the filter.
Step 2: The Secret: Sugar!
Add one quarter teaspoon of sugar (or even an eighth of a teaspoon, if you prefer) to the dry grounds. Spread evenly.
Step 3: Water!
Give the water you use the chance to boil for a good minute, and take off of the heat for at least another minute. We're aiming for a temperature between 190-200 degrees fahrenheit.
Step 4: Let It Be.
Let all the water drain through the filter and then walk away.
Step 5: Seriously, Walk Away.
Allow the coffee five minutes to absorb the liquid and to fully expand, releasing its oils.
Step 6: Have at It!
Pour hot water (again, rotating the pour inward) until the filter is almost filled to the brim.
Step 7: Allow to Drain
Allow all the water to drain fully into the lower part of the vessel, along with all its delicious oils.
Step 8: Enjoy!
Enjoy hot or over ice! (For one cup of iced coffee, I advise using three tablespoons of grounds instead of two.)