Brew Your Coffee, Your Way

Coffee French

Discovering coffee through a Chemex can be a “brewed awakening” for those who aren’t necessarily into that robust, rich coffee taste and full-bodied consistency that a French press yields. Nonetheless, this beautifully designed contraption remains to be a superb means of unlocking the potential of an already standout coffee while simultaneously producing what many desire as a “cleaner” cup.

As a rule of thumb for home brewers, the Chemex method is the way to go for clean single origin coffees, roasts that tend to be on the lighter, brighter side, and intimate pour overs for two.

How so?

The Chemex uses gravity to pull hot water through a bed of coffee, and whose output can be likened to an auto-drip coffee machine in terms of body and taste. What makes the Chemex a truly unique addition to your coffee-making artillery; however, is the design of its proprietary bonded coffee filters. Chemex filters are typically more densely woven—up to 20 to 30% thicker—than other traditional coffee filters used for pour overs, which slow and regulate the saturation and flow of coffee grounds while eliminating much of the unwanted body and coffee oils. Basically, the bottom brewing line here is a slower brew begets a more pronounced flavor and a sediment-free cup.

Slightly more step-heavy than other brewing methods, after a little practice most home brewers will have no trouble making really good coffee. A good place to start is Malongo’s Chemex Brew Kit, which comprises a Chemex, Chemex filter, and certified fair trade Rwanda coffee (now at 30% off).

Do go Chemex when brewing acidic or light roasted floral coffees that take on an almost tea-like quality (although medium roasts are still going to make you a tasty cup), hence Malongo’s Rwanda pick is perfect; medium-bodied bean with hints of red berry and citrus fruits and a nice tang and plenty aromatics.

Dreaming of your ultimate cup of brewed coffee? Head over to the Malongo Atelier Barista Café in BGC or online via

Brewing instructions:

  1. Fold and place the paper filter in the Chemex. Rinse it with hot water to remove any odors.
  2. After rinsing, empty the water from the Chemex and place 12 grams of ground coffee in the filter.
  3. Measure out 200 ml of hot water and pour a small quantity in to the center of the ground coffee to pre-brew for 30 seconds.
  4. Afterwards, pour the rest of the hot water by starting at the center and making circular movements outwards for 3-4 minutes.
  5. After brewing, remove the filter from the Chemex and serve the coffee in a warm cup.

Malongo Chemex Brew Kit: Php 4,536.00

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