Make the BEST pour over coffee of your life in a Chemex coffee maker! Here’s how to make pour over coffee and all the gear you need to do it.

Best pour over coffee maker

What’s the best pour over coffee maker? To Alex and I, it’s the Chemex. You know, that oddly shaped glass beaker that looks like it should be in a science lab? The Chemex coffee maker makes the best cup of coffee we know: and we’re self proclaimed coffee nerds! We’ve tried all sorts of methods, and for our everyday cup of coffee: it’s the Chemex! Here’s all about the Chemex, why we love it, and how to make pour over coffee.

Best pour over coffee maker: the Chemex coffee maker | Chemex filters

What makes the Chemex the best pour over coffee maker?

Alex and I have been trying different coffee methods for YEARS! Why did we land on the Chemex as the best pour over coffee maker? We’ve used about every single coffee gadget there is. Here’s why we think it’s the best pour over coffee maker there is:

  • It makes the best flavor. The unique Chemex coffee filters bring out the best of quality, single origin coffee. Once you taste it, you’ll never want to go back! It’s fantastic for light and medium roast coffees to let the flavor of the bean shine through.
  • It’s beautiful and functional. The Chemex coffee maker is so beautiful to look at, with its organic shape and materials. So it’s a lovely art piece for the counter as well! Obviously the coffee flavor is of top importance to us, so the artistry is an added bonus.
Chemex coffee maker | How to make pour over coffee

Which Chemex coffee maker do you recommend?

Which Chemex coffee maker do we recommend? Chemex 8 cup coffeemaker! It can make up to 4 cups of coffee at once. We make 2 pots a day in it. There are cute little baby Chemex’s, but those are much too small for our coffee consumption!

Get it: Chemex 8 cup coffeemaker

What Chemex coffee filters do you use?

The Chemex coffee maker uses special coffee filters that bring out the smooth flavor in the coffee. We recommend these Chemex coffee filters. (Some commenters have mentioned that you can reuse the paper filters a few times if you wash them out.)

Get them: Chemex coffee filters

Pour over coffee kettle | Chemex coffee filters

Which pour over coffee kettle do you use?

An electric gooseneck kettle is perfect for pairing with your Chemex coffee maker. Why use a gooseneck kettle? A gooseneck kettle gives you more control so you can slowly pour the water onto the coffee beans, allowing it to extract maximum flavor. Plus, it looks cool! We use this electric gooseneck kettle: it’s perfect for heating water for coffee and tea; we’ve use ours for 6 years and it’s held up great. Or, try this more affordable pour over coffee kettle.

Get it: Electric gooseneck kettle or pour over coffee kettle

Best pour over coffee maker | Chemex coffee maker

Video: how to make pour over coffee

A lot of learning how to use a Chemex coffee maker is just watching other people do it! Before you start, watch this video of me showing you to how use our best pour over coffee maker!

How to use the best pour over coffee maker

Using a Chemex takes a little practice, but once you learn it will become second nature! The extra 10 minutes that are needed to use the best pour over coffee maker are absolutely worth it. Here are a few things to know about how to use a Chemex coffee maker — then reference the recipe below for the official recipe below. The major steps are:

  1. Heat filtered water to 200 to 205 degrees. If you’re a true coffee nerd like we are, the flavor of filtered water is best (here’s the filtered pitcher we use!). As noted above, we use an electric pour over coffee kettle to heat the water.
  2. Weigh out and grind your coffee. Use a food scale to weigh out the amount of coffee; for 2 cups of coffee, we use 34 grams. Grind it out to a medium coarse grind. For Chemex coffee, we like a light roast or medium roast coffee, since the flavors really shine in this method.
  3. Add the Chemex filter and coffee, and let it bloom. Next you’ll wet the Chemex coffee filter, then add the coffee and let the it bloom for 1 minute by wetting the grounds and letting it sit. The bloom releases CO2 from the coffee and causes the grinds to grow & rise.
  4. Add the rest of the water. Then add the rest of the water to make your coffee! Our ratio is for every 1 gram of coffee, use 15 to 16 grams of water. So for 34 grams of coffee, we use 520 grams of water.

And that’s how to use the best pour over coffee maker: the Chemex! It might sound like a lot of steps, but once you’ve practiced a few times, it will feel like second nature. It is 100% worth the few extra minutes to use your Chemex coffee maker, because it truly makes our perfect cup of coffee. Have questions or comments? Let us know in the comments below!

Best pour over coffee maker

Can you make iced coffee in a Chemex?

Yes! Head over to our Chemex Iced Coffee recipe for the instructions. The nice thing about making iced coffee in a Chemex is that it’s seriously quick: it takes only 10 minutes! You don’t have to chill overnight or for hours: you make it right when you’re craving it. Honestly, one fact makes us make this Chemex iced coffee all the time.  The main idea is that you’ll make the hot coffee over ice, which instantly cools it. Go to the recipe for more!

Looking for more coffee methods?

Outside of how to use a Chemex coffee maker, we’ve got a series on how to make coffee using all sorts of gadgets!

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How to make pour over coffee

Pour Over Coffee 101 (Gear & Recipe!)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Make the BEST pour over coffee of your life in a Chemex coffee maker! Here’s how to make pour over coffee and all the gear you need to do it.


  • 34 grams light or medium roast coffee beans*
  • 520 grams filtered water (the flavor is best with filtered water)


  1. Heat a pot of filtered water to 200 to 205F. We use an electric kettle that shows us the exact temperature. You could also use a teapot on the stove — just heat to boiling, then let the water cool down for a few minutes.
  2. Use a food scale to weigh out 34 grams of coffee, then grind it to a medium coarse grind (about the size of kosher or sea salt). We use an electric burr grinder to get a consistent grind.
  3. When the water is heated, place the filter in your Chemex (see the video below for exact instructions). Pour in just a bit of water to wet the filter, then pour out the water into the sink. Place the ground coffee into the Chemex and shake it to level it out.
  4. Place the Chemex on the food scale and tare it so the scale reads 0. Slowly pour in 70 grams of water in a circular motion. Then stop and wait for 1 minute: this allows the coffee to bloom (you may have to tap your scale once so that it doesn’t time out!).
  5. Then slowly add the remaining 520 grams water in two batches, pouring very slowly in concentric circles, pouring right onto the coffee and not touching the coffee filter. Fill to about ½ inch from the top (it will likely be around 400 grams water), wait for the water level to go down a bit, and then fill the remaining water up to 520 grams.
  6. After a few minutes, all of the water will filter through the coffee grounds into the pot below. Remove the filter and discard it (we compost ours).  Enjoy!


*In our large Chemex, the most you can make at one time is 50 grams of coffee and 800 grams water, which makes about 3 to 4 cups of coffee. To scale up or down, just use our magic ratio: 15-16 grams water to 1 gram of coffee.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Pour Over
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Best Pour Over Coffee Maker, Chemex coffee filters, How to make pour over coffee, Pour over coffee kettle, Chemex coffee maker, Chemex filters

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Yeah, a Chemex is OK (I gave mine to my son, but he prefers my 50-some-odd-year-old Vesuviana), but my Corning 4-cup dripolator beats it out.