How is chemex coffee different from drip?

How is chemex coffee different from drip?

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  1. It’s not really different. Chemex popularized the pour-over coffee maker about 50 years ago. The Chemex carafe was hourglass-shaped, with a pretty wooden collar around the neck, fastened with a leather thong. It was expensive and stylish. Back in the early 70s the Chemex pot had a lot of prestige, but it worked the same as any other pour-over coffee device.
    Today we think of pour-over as a method for making one cup of coffee. The Chemex maker made a whole pot. But you can buy ceramic (and even plastic! 8^P ) filter coffee makers that make one cup or a whole pot, and they work exactly the same as Chemex, though they might not be as pretty.

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  2. The classic Chemex brewer is undoubtedly the most aesthetic brew. I think it is the worse system ever. Sorry fans.
    Here is why: First without a plastic insert down the side of the filter to let air in the drip is way too slow. Secondly, it is awkward to pour (horrible balance) and the pour comes out at a ridiculous angle. But it is pretty. As I like to say, “perfection from a distance only.” (universally applicable.)

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  3. Coffee made with a Chemex pot IS drip coffee. It is just a bit more manual than using a drip coffee maker.
    Starting when I was in college, about 1970, I started using a Chemex drip pot, and grinding my own beans fresh every morning. It was great, because I could make the coffee as strong as I wanted, and it was a lot fresher when I ground my own beans every day.
    I did this for many, many years, and no one could show me a better way to make coffee.
    About 3 years ago, I bought a $600 Breville Espresso machine, and I started making Americanos every morning. I must admit, my Americanos are just not as good as my old Chemex drip coffee. But, if I stopped using that $600 Breville Espresso machine, my wife would strangle me with her bare hands.

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  4. The question: How is chemex coffee different from drip?
    In theory, Chemex is drip coffee, or should be pretty much the same. They both brew coffee by pouring hot water over grounds and through a filter. It’s the same process, shouldn’t the result be identical?
    Obviously not.
    I would say that Chemex coffee is drip coffee done teutonically . (I think I’m clever. I’m probably wrong.) That is, it’s done in a very thorough way with attention to detail. If you are following the directions, you use the special Chemex filter (unbleached lab filter paper; this will be important later), you heat the water to a very precise temperature, you first wet the grounds to make them bloom and then you carefully pour hot water over the grounds such that they are all used in the brew.
    Automatic drip coffee makers do the same thing, except automatically – they heat the water, they use a special nozzle to spray the hot water over the grounds, and the resultant coffee drips through the filter paper. The difference being that, well, most automatic drip coffee makers are crap. They don’t heat to a very precise temperature, the nozzles don’t distribute water as evenly as they ought to, they don’t let the grounds bloom, and the filter paper is not exactly the highest quality.
    So how do the results differ?
    Well…. morethan you’d expect. In my experience, Chemex coffee is – if you follow ALL the steps, use ALL the right equipment, etc. – milder and richer than automatic drip coffee. Honestly, though, it’s also kind of flat; it’s missing a certain “zing” that I never noticed until I was aware of its absence. I suspect it’s the filter paper. The filter paper is sold specifically as Chemex filter paper, but if you’ve ever worked in a lab environment, it’s obviously and unquestionably lab filter paper. Lab filter paper is much higher quality than standard coffee filters, but in this case it seems to be filtering out something that is important to the flavor of coffee. On the plus side, Chemex coffee also seems milder on the stomach than most brews, and so it’s what I recommend to people who have trouble with normal coffee, and that has mostly worked out well.
    The Chemex coffee maker is one of the most aesthetically-pleasing makers out there; it’s notable for not using any metal (very important during WWII when it was invented); it’s quite fussy, which appeals to those who like ritual and performance. And the coffee is surprisingly different – but I’d not really consider it better , and given how much more work a Chemex is compared to automatic drip, I’m not sure I’d consider it to be worthwhile.

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  5. A Chemex, also popularly known as a pour over, has a deeper flavor than a drip. The reason being is because of the ratio of water to coffee.
    Drip coffees do have a large amount of coffee concentrated inside the water (pardon if that is an inaccurate description), but keep in mind that drips are for people who want coffee fast. This means that a large amount of water is stored with this coffee.
    A Chemex focus is allowing the customer to tastes all the nuances of the coffee bean. The amount of coffee inside a pour over is roughly 1/5 of the cup. The amount of coffee inside a drip cup is much lower. If I had to throw a number, perhaps 1/10 to 1/-12 of a cup.

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  6. No one said chemex vs Auto Drip….Chemex vs Cone Drip (Melitta, Hario or any other pour-over brand) is probably the comparison. If it is, then they work the same….

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