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Chemex or V60: What’s your pick?

Chemex or V60 which is best for you? If you want to brew multiple cups of coffee at once, you should buy Chemex. It is very elegant and made of glass and leather hide. If you prefer single-cup brewing and a long-lasting material the Hario V60 is for you. V60 requires beginners level skills and is the cheapest option available.

Chemex is a pour-over coffee maker in shape of an hourglass. And to brew, you fill the upper half with medium-coarse coffee grounds and add a Chemex-brand filter. Hario V60 is a pour-over coffee brewer much like Chemex. It uses a special filter called the v60 filter. V60 has a funnel like shape and uses medium-fine ground coffee beans. The only drawback of V60 is that it produces a single cup of coffee at a time. Brewing is nearly identical for both.

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Chemex or V60


Brew the Coffee

  1. Place the filter on the top half and wet it with hot (non-boiling water).
  2. Now throw out excess water.
  3. Put the coffee beans on the filter (1gm coffee to 15 ml water)
  4. Pour little water in a small circle over them.
  5. Allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds. (The coffee bubbles and releases aroma and flavors as it expands)
  6. Uniformly pour the rest of the water over the beans.

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About Chemex

Chemex or V60

The Chemex is a pour-over coffee maker with an hourglass form. It has a hardwood handle and a rawhide leather tie. It is constructed from tempered borosilicate glass. This brewer from the 1940s is also very sleek and classy; thus it is perfect for entertaining guests. The Chemex also uses an infusion method and hence it is said to produce the best coffee a pour-over can make.

In addition, Chemex filters are thicker than other filters. This eliminates any undesired sediments, oils, and fats resulting in a clean cup of coffee. The thick filters also ensure slower brewing; hence coffee beans with a medium-coarse grind and medium roast are used.  The hourglass shape makes it a little hard to clean. Borosilicate glass is heavy and delicate hence it is not suitable for travel.

About V60

Chemex or V60

Hario, a Japanese glassmaker, first made the V60 pour-over. V60 is can be made from many materials. Glass, stainless steel, ceramic, copper, and plastic can be used as the materials available for the V60.

The ‘V’ in v60 stands for the cone or funnel. The’ 60’ in v60 refers to the angle of the slope. V60 is generally preferred by those who like the lighter roast and want to enjoy all the undertones of coffee. You can enjoy sweet, fruity, floral, and nutty tastes and profiles with V60. It is for those who love pleasant acidity and are not afraid of clarity.

What is expensive Chemex or V60?

Chemex is more expensive. It uses thicker bonded filter paper which starts from 1000 rupees and can go up to 5000. Hario V60 filters are cheaper; the best ones are available just at 350 rupees.  The Chemex equipment itself is made up of quality borosilicate while V60 can be found in simple plastic, stainless steel, glass, etc.

Which Grind Chemex or V60?

Chemex has a thicker filter so the medium-coarse ground is recommended. V60 has a comparatively thin filter, hence medium-fine grind works best.

Which Roast Chemex or V60?

Chemex is a slow brewing pour-over and so a light roast is perfect to allow all the natural fragrance and undertones to bloom. V60 on the other hand is faster and so dark to medium roast is perfect.

What Tastes better Chemex or V60?

Chemex was made to be a quicker and easier pour-over alternative to espresso. It is for those looking for a smoother cup with less bitterness. The entire design of Chemex is made to produce high-quality coffee.

V60 gives you a sweet, fruity, nutty undertone.  It is for those who love pleasant clarity with acidity and are not afraid of unique coffee profiles like chocolate, caramel, etc.

What brews faster Chemex or V60?

V60 is much faster as compared to Chemex and produces coffee in just 3 minutes, but it also produces just one cup of coffee at a time.  Chemex takes anywhere between 4 to 5 minutes but it makes multiple cups.

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  1. I am considering getting a V60 hario —do you know recommend a place?

  2. Hey Simrin! Hario is selling them online on their official website and it’s available on both Amazon and Flipkart

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