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Liberate the Pour Over Experience this 4th of July With Chemex

Mastering the art of brewing a cup of coffee with the Chemex coffee maker can seem intimidating — but the good news is, it doesn't have to be. This method offers a superior cup of coffee and the ability to tailor your cup specifically to your caffeine needs.

The beloved Chemex is approaching 81 years of existence, and very few brewing devices can rival these coffee makers' unique blend of design and function, which remains remarkably unchanged to this day.

When you are ready to step up your barista skills, Black Rifle Coffee Company has a great selection of everything you need to get you started. Simply log into the BRCC website and search for “Chemex.” You can choose from the 3-, 6-, and 10-cup devices.

And if you have stepped up your game to the Chemex, the BRCC website also features patented Chemex Bonded Filters, scientifically designed to deliver the perfect cup of coffee.

 

BRCC Chemex Liberty Roast
 Photo courtesy of Black Rifle Coffee Company.

 

BRCC paired the Chemex with the patriotic Liberty Roast this month. This limited-time coffee is back by popular demand just in time to kick off your Fourth of July festivities.

Liberty Roast is a medium-bodied 100% Peruvian coffee with hints of hazelnut, brown sugar, a light citrus acidity, and maximum freedom.

A recent article featured in Coffee or Die Magazine offered an easy-to-use guide to get you started on perfecting the perfect pour over with a device like the Chemex.

Step One:

Weigh and grind whole beans to a medium-coarse texture using your preferred grinder. We generally recommend a 16-to-1 ratio of water-to-coffee — 16 grams of water for every 1 gram of ground beans. For this cup, we're using 20 grams of coffee.

Step Two:

Heat 320 grams of water to between 195 and 204 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the roast. An electric kettle is the most convenient way to heat the water, but any standard method is acceptable if you measure out the proper amount of water and gauge the temperature well.

 

BRCC Chemex Liberty Roast
 Photo courtesy of Black Rifle Coffee Company.

 

Step Three:

While the water is heating, place a filter inside the cone of the Chemex. Before adding the grounds, wet the filter with hot water to both heat the vessel and eliminate any paper taste from the filter. Empty that water from the Chemex, then gently add the measured ground coffee to the filter, ensuring equal distribution of the grounds.

Step Four:

Once the water has reached temperature, remove it from the heat and pour a small amount — about 40 grams, or double the weight of the coffee — onto the grounds in a steady spiral. Let it sit for about 30 seconds, allowing the coffee to "bloom." In other words, and fittingly for spring, you will notice the grounds inflate and produce some bubbles. The bloom effect begins when the water meets the grinds, releasing built-up carbon dioxide. You'll also start to smell a strong, fresh coffee scent — the result of coffee-bean oils—the fresher the coffee, the greater the bloom.

 

BRCC Chemex Liberty Roast
 Photo courtesy of Black Rifle Coffee Company.

 

Step Five:

After about 30 seconds of bloom time, continue to slowly pour the remaining water in a circular motion, ensuring all the grounds have been saturated.

Step Six:

Discard the filter (coffee grounds are great for your summer garden!), pour the resultant coffee into your favorite mug, and enjoy the rich and indulgent flavors a Chemex is known for producing. Who needs to go out for coffee when you can make it this good at home?

The Chemex coffee maker and Liberty Roast are available now on the official Black Rifle Coffee Company website.