Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:14am Subject: How to brew Chemex/Pourover for more than 2 people?
I've been seeing a lot of great guides on brewing methods for Chemex. I get great results when brewing for 1-2 person(s) however there are times when I need to brew pour-over for 3+ guests. These brews usually come out over extracted (bitter), most likely due to longer brewing times or too much coffee in the filter. I usually do 18 grams of coffee and 250 grams of water per serving at a 2 1/2 minute brew time and multiply that for x amount of people. So if you can imagine that there is 4 people who want coffee there is a huge 72 grams of coffee in the Chemex filter and a very long pour as well as coffee that has cooled considerably by the time I am done pouring.
Does anyone have any tips/guides that you can point me to for brewing for this many people or am I exceeding the limits of this brewing method?
My suggestion to adjust the grind came to me from a coffee shop owner when I first started with the Chemex. He told me to keep it simple, adjust the grind to keep the brew time approximately 4 minutes, which includes the bloom time.
He said as I gain experience I can adjust the grounds quantity per cup for more or less body depending on the bean but at the beginning, if I just focus on the brew time, I will consistently get a good cup of coffee.
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