If you know me, you know that I love my Chemex. In the past few months, I've become really picky about my coffee and how it's brewed. Today, I changed it up and made some homemade Chemex iced coffee. I'm in the south, so needless to say it's getting close to the 100 degree mark outside, which means regular hot coffee is exclusively an early morning source of energy. I winged it with my Chemex today, and it turned out pretty good. Here's what I did:
Step 1: Filled Chemex with ice. You need to make sure you have plenty of ice in there so it doesn't get too watered down, and so you can retain the flavor of the grounds.
Step 2: Wet the filter. This is a pretty standard thing if you're a Chemex user.
Step 3: Add double the scoops of coffee that you would use for hot coffee. I usually use about 2 TBS of grounds for my morning cup of hot coffee, so in this case, I added 4 TBS. The coffee is hot when it hits the ice, which waters it down a tad. You also need to account for the fact that your taste buds don't absorb flavor as well when something is cold.
Step 4: Pour water in circular motion to wet grounds, wait, then start pouring water in again. I don't have a special pot to keep hot water in, so I usually just have to watch how much water I put in. Since I'm pretty used to my own system, I knew how much water was required. This recipe is more for an intermediate Chemex user, so by now, you've probably developed your own system.
Step 5: Pour coffee into a glass and enjoy.
I'll definitely be doing this more throughout the summer, and I'll probably tweak my iced coffee system a tad. I'll update my recipe as I figure out a more perfect system. If you're a Chemex man (or woman), I totally recommend trying this!