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The Wondrous World of Chemex

Claiming to be the best cup you’ve ever had, every time you have it.  And if you’re like me, who needs a little….or big…kickstart in the morning, this could be quite the game changer.  For those not familiar with the brand or distinct glass vessel, you might want to start.  Family owned since 1980, yet the iconic Chemex has remain unchanged for 70 years and continue to pride themselves in design and function providing superior coffee brewing equipment.  It’s time to update your morning routine.I mean look at this thing, it’s a work of art alone.  Elegant hourglass vessel, made of only high quality non-porous, borosilicate heat-resistant glass combined with the wood collar and leather tie. Eeesh just leave it in the kitchen and call it Chip and Joanna approved.  But what has this puppy truly stand above the rest is what comes out of it.  The clear, pure, flavorful cup of joe on every brew.  Coffee grounds only in contact with the specifically designed filter and non-porous glass, leaving you with the delicious blend however strong you like without bitterness or sediment.  Prefer iced coffee or gourmet recipes?  No worries, it’s purity allows you to cover or store in the refrigerator for reheating without losing any flavor.

Ladies & gentleman, we are now entering coffee lover’s paradise.So you wanna know how to get this impeccable, perfectly pure brew?  Our coffee makin’ friends a few blocks away at Youngblood Coffee sure know their stuff.  We took a field trip to get the true hands on experience of how they Chemex, enjoying the chill atmosphere and simplistic aesthetics along the way.  I mean, they have continuous vibing-tunes playing on a record player all day every day, it’s idyllic.  The owners,  Tim + Elisha, opened this must stop shop in September of last year and shortly after have become one of the favorites of downtown Fargo.   

Not only do they craft the perfect brew with Chemex, enjoy a latte, an oh so popular matcha or cozy up with their original Four Barrel brand.  They’ve even added rustic country bread to the mix, my fav is with almond butter & honey…takes me about 2 minutes to polish off and i’m not even embarrassed to admit, it’s simply too good.

“Chemex pour-over brewing uses a thick paper filter and creates a lighter tea-like body in a coffee (opposite of methods like French press that don’t filter as much). The resulting cup of coffee will bring out the sweetness and acidity from the beans. This is also great for tasting coffees for more subtle flavors and notes. Enjoy!” -Elisha Griffin

Stop by Youngblood to enjoy this crafted elegance in your next cup, & say hi to Tim or Elisha as you go!  If you’re more of a DIY type, below are the 8 simple steps:

1.  GET INTO THE GRIND: Start it off with choosing your favorite whole bean coffee and grind it to a medium coarse ground.

2.  FILTER UP: Using only the best Chemex Bonded Coffee Filter, form a cone shape so one side of the cone has three layers, and place it on the top of the brewer.  The thick (three-layer) portion should cover the pouring spout.  *Optional Tip: Dampen the filter with warm water to rinse and preheat the brewer.  Once the water has drained through the filter completely, pour it out of the brewer while keeping the filter sealed against the coffeemaker wall.
3.  THE SCOOP: Put one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee for every 5 oz. cup into the cone.  Making it stronger/weaker to your preference; being wary the brewing process eliminates bitterness! Optional Tip: On all brewers except the pint size model, the “button” indicates the carafe is half filled and the bottom of the wooden collar/spout indicates it’s full.  On the pint size brewer, the button is the full marker.

4.  LET IT BLOOM: Once you have brought the appropriate amount of water to a boil, remove it from the heat and allow it to stop boiling vigorously.  Pour a small amount of water over the coffee grounds to wet them, and wait for about 30 seconds for them to “bloom”, releasing the most desirable coffee elements from the grounds.  Optional Tip: Perfect brewing temperature is around 200 degrees F.

5. FIRST POUR:  After the grounds bloom, slowly pour the brewing water over the grounds while keeping the water level well below the top of the Chemex (quarter inch or more).

6. BREW ON: Slowly pour the remaining water over the grounds,
using a circular or back-and-forth motion as you pour to ensure and even soaking of the grounds.

7. TOSS THE FILTER: Once the desired amount of coffee is brewed, lift the filter with spend grounds out of the brewer and discard.

8 ENJOY THE PERFECT CUP: Pour
your freshly made coffee into the Chemex mug and indulge in the flavor.

 

Keep it Clean: A carefully cleaned and handled Chemex brewer will give you a lifetime of service.  Remove the wooden handle and continue to hand wash with warm soap and water, or place the coffeemaker securely in the dishwasher.

Our coffeemaker isn’t the only thing that will dazzle your coffee addiction, the Chemex 2-quart water kettle is sure to make the brewing experience that much better.  Kept at the perfect temperature, ensuring a delightful boiling and brewing process.  Afraid it’ll ruin your kitchen fengshui, no worries the functional elegance is sure to please any eye.

There is much more to the Chemex brand of functionality & design including but not limited to, filter folding, making iced coffee, reheating tips n’ tricks & more.  Stop in to the shop and have a chat with our charming sales associates to learn all about it!Much love to Youngblood Coffee for their taste in coffee + store design. Find them at 623 Northern Pacific Ave, Fargo, ND 58102.  https://www.facebook.com/youngbloodcoffee/

Thanks for tuning in, enjoy 15% off any M+B item you find in this post this week only!!  Valid 5/1/2017-5/7/2017.  Must mention at checkout.

MINT + BASIL FRESH FINDS:

Chemex Coffeemaker

Chemex Handblown Water Kettle

Chemex Bonded Filters

Onyx Coffee Grounds

Pourover Coffeemaker in black & gold

“Coffee Snob” mug

Andddd just a little preview of what’s to come to get those taste buds ready….

xoxo, M+B

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