Chemex has no Punch


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Jan 11, 2005
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I bought a Chemex pot and a water kettle.
It seems to be missing something.
The coffee seems thin to me and a touch bitter.

I'm trying to do the 4 minute brew time
and using good hot water.

thin and bitter makes me thing I should use
more grounds and not ground so finely?

When I go to Starbucks for a coffee, it always seems to
have that *Punch* that I'm looking for out of my own

But I'm not getting it yet.


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Nov 8, 2004
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I sell the Chemex and it really makes a GREAT cup of coffee. Are you using the FSU 100 unbleached prefolded chemex filter paper? These filters will filter out the sediment and the bitter taste.

The next and probably the most important question is. Are you using Fresh roasted and fresh ground coffee beans? Only grind just seconds before you brew.

Next is the coarseness of your grind, With the chemex it is recomended to only grind to about what you would consider for French Press. If you have a burr grinder this is easy to do, just set the grinder. For a blade grinder just don't grind the beans to dust, check your grounds after a few seconds of grinding.

I recomend 2oz of beans to a 10 cup pot, this is were you can adjust for your liking, more for fuller flavor or less for a lighter coffee.