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narkeeso
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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?
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 7:02am
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Are you using a coarser grind for the greater quantity?  I know when I make coffee for the wife and me, I have to go quite a bit coarser than when I'm making just for me.
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 8:06am
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I have found that trying to use a smaller cone of any kind for larger quantities just doesn;t deliver the same results.  I usually just brew seperately or use my Bodum 8 cup press for guests.
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narkeeso
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:23pm
Subject: Re: How to brew Chemex/Pourover for more than 2 people?
 

CoffeeNark Said:

Are you using a coarser grind for the greater quantity?  I know when I make coffee for the wife and me, I have to go quite a bit coarser than when I'm making just for me.

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I haven't tried making it coarser. I suppose I could try that to get the brew time down.


Burner0000 Said:

I have found that trying to use a smaller cone of any kind for larger quantities just doesn;t deliver the same results.  I usually just brew seperately or use my Bodum 8 cup press for guests.

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Yeah, I might just accept that the Chemex is not good for 2+ people. Might just have to hunker down for a Technivorm or brew for 500 grams worth and serve in smaller cups :)
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 1:15pm
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Or buy a bigger pour over ;D

 
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 1:18pm
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I have the 10-cup Chemex :p (i think that is their largest)
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 5:36pm
Subject: Re: How to brew Chemex/Pourover for more than 2 people?
 

narkeeso Said:

I haven't tried making it coarser. I suppose I could try that to get the brew time down.

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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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