Here at Madcap, we cherish the holidays. Both at work and at home, the ambiance is a few notches higher than normal, with friends and family around more often than usual, and good meals shared with all.
If you are at home and hosting there are various ways to brew delicious coffee. Many of us at Madcap rely on our automatic Moccamaster, while others are dedicated Kalita users or have a nostalgic love for our French press. While there is no one perfect way to brew coffee, we are here to share some of our favorite methods and today will focus on the Chemex as that is our go to for two.
The Chemex coffee brewer has been a brew method in our Madcap shops since we opened our doors. The glass blown brewer was invented in 1941 by a chemist who was way before his time in specialty coffee. We’ve always been fond of the simplicity of the brewer paired with the thick, bleached filters that assist in delivering a clear, nuanced transparency in the cup. The elegant brewer is also part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Here are a few tips when sharing coffee with a friend:
Use filtered water. Water is the main ingredient in brewed coffee. The quality of your water will have a prominent impact on the flavor of your brewed coffee.
Grind right before use. A burr grinder will give you the most even results. If the coffee drains too slow and tastes strong, try a coarse grind. If the coffee filters through too fast, and tastes weak, try a finer grind.
Have a snack. From our travels across the globe spending time with friends and sharing coffee with farmers, in nearly every culture, coffee is accompanied by a snack. Whether it’s popcorn in Ethiopia, a panela sweet in Colombia, or farm fresh cheese in Costa Rica having coffee together always includes a little bit of food.
Use your favorite ceramics. Your favorite cups can add a personal aspect to the experience.
Have fun! Brewing coffee is about what you like. Try tweaking the recipe a bit. Or brew two different coffees and try them both out side-by-side.
There are few environments more compatible for conversation and connection than around a cup of freshly brewed coffee. As some of us may be more used to coffee being a morning routine where we brew a single cup of coffee for ourselves to begin the day or enjoy the ritual stop into our local shop – brewing coffee with a friend can be an excellent vessel for sharing some quality time together.
There are few environments more compatible for conversation and connection than around a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Below you will find the recipe we believe yields the best results, and is perfect for 1-3 people. If you use this recipe and have any questions as you go along, shoot us an email at email@example.com or give us a call at 800-866-9091 and we can help troubleshoot.
Chemex with Friends:
Yields 2 — 11 oz cups
What you need:
650 grams of Filtered Water just off the boil (208 degrees)