My new Chemex and a stripped down grinder

I was very pleased to get a Chemex for Christmas from Anette. I had been trying to buy one (and still may) having read people like tonx go on and on about how great they are. I got a couple of hundred filters with it and I am already churning through them at quite a rate. I love the coffee you get out of it, the body is excellent but it feels very clean. Its quite fun to make though any useful tips to get better coffee are gratefully accepted! (especially when it comes to how long to wet/”bloom” the coffee for) Looks very pretty too. Could it replace my aeropress? Quite probably!

Ready to drink

Had a really lovely Gethumbwini in there today, so much fruit though less acidity than I was expecting. I had cupped the same roast not so long ago and it is one of those weird coffees that, when cool, tastes nothing like coffee – this one tastes exactly like grapefruit, even down to the specific type of bitter grapefruit juice has. Wonderfully odd.

Brewing chemex

This all kept me company whilst I took to pieces an Anfim grinder my bosses very kindly gave me to modify. The strange thing about it is that having taken one completely to pieces they seem relatively simple machines, but yet I feel I know very little (annoyingly little) about grinding and lack some good hard facts on the process. Trouble is that no one is sharing any research anywhere – unless you get into the serious stuff about fracture mechanics or whatever it is called that doesn’t feel very relevant to espresso and coffee in general.

Coffee and deconstruction

[tags]chemex, coffee, coffee grinders, grinder modification, espresso, cupping coffee[/tags]

6 Comments

  1. Hi Jim
    do you reccommend any particular chemical or detergent for cleaning archaic grinders?

    ps. what is the origin of that mug on your counter top.

    hope Cumbria was good. Happy new year

  2. Ha! Yes, that is indeed a Starbucks mug, though they had nothing to do with the coffee inside of it!

    As for cleaning grinders – I find nothing beats just scrubbing the burrs clean, though the Grindz stuff from Urnex is pretty good if you are in a hurry.

    Happy New year Sé, looking forward to catching up with you in January. You competing this year?

  3. Hey Jim, have you been using a French Press much lately? We’re serving FP as well as espresso at the new place that I’m working at and I had a mini epiphany after we dialled in the hot water spout for it. It is definitely another one of those quick and easy methods with great results. But I do think that there is a fair bit of difference between FP and cupping … is there something out there that actually gives you a cup of coffee with similar characteristics to cupping? Eva Solo, maybe?

  4. I’ve been using a French Press a lot lately, and I do love the coffee I get out of it. Perhaps I am just entranced by my new toy – but the coffee out of it really is excellent. Cleaner than a Press, no doubt due to the paper rather than the mesh.

    Its just glorified drip really, but it is very satisfying.

  5. I have been trying to find one of these as well. Do you know where I can get a Chemex? All stores I have found are in the US and won’t ship to Europe :-(

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