The Chemex coffee maker brews up delicious iced coffee, and it does so in style. It’s one of our favorite ways to make a batch of iced coffee. Here’s our recipe.
(Remember, iced coffee is different from cold-brew coffee.)
To make iced coffee in a Chemex, you’ll need the following:
At Driftaway Coffee, we use 350 grams of water, 30 grams of coffee and 150 grams of ice. This works out to a coffee-to-water ratio of 1:16.66, which is our preferred ratio for the Chemex. The water is divided between hot water for brewing and ice for cooling, though. (These measurements don’t include extra ice for serving.)
Additionally, we always measure our water and coffee by weight rather than volume. With any brewing technique, this helps account for variances in coffee beans’ densities. When making iced coffee, measuring by weight also makes it possible to maintain a consistent ratio when using water and ice. If volume were used, it’d be impossible to keep the same ratio because liquid water is more dense than ice cubes are. (Remember middle school science, when you learned water expanded as it froze?)
Of course, we also always brew coffee with freshly roasted beans. Freshly roasted coffee has much more flavor and nuance than coffee that was roasted months (or years) ago and is stale.
Once you have all the required equipment and supplies gathered, brew according to these steps:
One of the advantages of this iced coffee recipe is that it captures all the nuanced flavors in beans, which are instantly trapped once the coffee is cooled. You’ll only enjoy lively flavors if you’re using freshly roasted beans, though. To get freshly roasted coffee delivered directly to you, sign up for one of our coffee subscription options.
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