Chemex Brew Guide

Blog Archives

Chemex Brew Guide

Posted by on March 20, 2020

This brew method was designed by German Chemist, Peter J. Schlumbohm, in 1941. It was once considered to be “one of the best-designed products of modern times”, and is included in a collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Chemex filters are 20-30% heavier than other filters so they retain more of the suspended oils during the brewing process and solids cannot pass through the filter. Brew characteristics: Medium body, clean cup and clarity of flavors.

What you need for this brew:

• 6 cup Chemex brewer  
• Chemex filters  

• Grinder  

• Pour over kettle  

• 40g freshly roasted coffee

• 195-205 degree water 

• Scale 

• Timer

What you will need to brew a Chemex


Dose = 40g coffee
Bloom = 80g water for 45 seconds
Final water weight = 680 g
Pour time = 3:30 min
Brew time (total time) = 5-6 min
Coffee to water ratio = 1:167
Grind = Medium – Coarse grind, grind should be coarser than drip brewer but finer than French press. 



STEP 1 • Place the filter in the Chemex, make sure the three-layered side of the filter is towards the spout to prevent the filter from being sucked into the spout.

Steps 1 + 2 : Place filter and wet

STEP 2 • Heat Chemex and filter by pouring hot water through them both; this will also help reduce the flavor imparted by the paper. 

STEP 3 • Pour the water out of the back of the Chemex, while leaving the filter in place.

Step 4 : weigh out coffee

STEP 4 • Weigh out ~40 g of your favorite coffee and grind about the size of coarse sea salt.

Medium-coarse grounds

STEP 5 • Fill up gooseneck kettle with 195-205 degree water (wait 30 seconds after boiling).

Step 6 : Add coffee and zero scale

STEP 6 • Place Chemex with the filter on scale and zero. Add exactly 40 g of freshly ground coffee to the filter and level. Zero scale again.

Step 7 : First pour

STEP 7 • Start the timer and pour ~80 g of water over the coffee, being sure to wet ALL the grounds. Allow the coffee to sit until the timer reaches 45 seconds before adding more water; we call this the ‘the bloom’ or ‘de-gassing’ and it is when the coffee is releasing gasses trapped in the grounds.

The bloom

STEP 8 • At 45 seconds add  ~150 g of water by slowly pouring water over the coffee in small circles moving around the coffee bed but avoiding the edges of the filter. 

Step 9 : Continue pour

STEP 9 • Pour another 150 g of water at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 finishing at exactly 680 g.

Step 10 : A nice flat bed

STEP 10 • Allow the coffee to continue to drip until you have a slow drip (this should happen at 5-6 minutes). You should have a nice flat bed of coffee in your filter.

Step 11 : Pour and enjoy

STEP 11 • Remove filter and grounds, swirl your Chemex, and pour into your favorite coffee mug.

Hours // News // COVID-19 Updates

Posted by on March 14, 2020

We’re Open!

* See our daily updates below for hours

* Delivery is available through Postmates and UberEats

* Online Ordering is now LIVE with curbside pickup. You can even add eggs, milk, and bread to your order!

* We are currently offering *free shipping* on all cases (6 bags) of coffee by using the coupon code FREESHIP. Click here to shop.

Many, many thanks for your support as we try to save as many jobs as possible at this time.

Locations + Hours:

// As of Tuesday 3.31.20 //

Nations | 7a – 8p
12South | 7a – 5p
East Nashville | 7a – 5p
Franklin | 7a – 5p
Chattanooga | 9a – 4p
Downtown Nashville | Temporarily Closed

// As of Monday 3.30.20 //

Nations | 7a – 8p
12South | 7a – 5p
East Nashville | 7a – 5p
Franklin | 7a – 5p
Chattanooga | 9a – 6p
Downtown Nashville | Temporarily Closed



// UPDATE Monday 3.23.20 //

Sunday was an eventful day of updated regulations from state and city authorities (some restrictive and others quite the opposite). We temporarily closed one location to open another, and we are continuing to adapt to all of the change.  We are launching curbside alcohol sales (all locations except for East Nashville- yet) which you can add to your online order along with grocery items. We are paring down our menu in order to be more efficient and offer you breakfast, lunch, and dinner items from open to close.

We will be taking a couple of days off at our Chattanooga location to reboot and prepare to launch delivery. For now, here are our updated hours for Monday, March 23rd:

East Nashville | 7a-8p
Nations | 7a-8p
12South | 7a-5p
Franklin | 8a-4p
Chattanooga | taking a few days off

Service will be take out only with online ordering and curbside pickup during the hours posted. Our dining rooms are closed will no longer be allowing walk-in ordering. All orders must be placed online or by phone.

Thanks for sticking with us through all of this. Stay well!

// UPDATE Sunday 3.22.20 //

We have some bigger changes to our schedule tomorrow, so bear with us and please read this entire message! We are making the difficult decision to temporarily close our Downtown Nashville location until further notice and shift our focus to opening our new East Nashville location. We believe that this is an opportunity to serve a larger number of neighbors who will need access to food (and COFFEE). Don’t worry, we’re not closing downtown for good, just shifting things around a bit. In light of that, please see our new hours beginning Sunday, March 22nd:

East Nashville | 7a-8p (running a limited menu which can be viewed here)
Nations | 7a-8p
12South | 7a-5p
Franklin | 8a-4p
Chattanooga | 9a-6p

Take out only with online ordering and curbside pickup available during the hours posted. What can you pickup curbside? Coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, kids meals, wine (by the bottle) essential groceries (milk, bread, eggs). 

// UPDATE Saturday 3.21.20 //

Here are our adjusted hours beginning Friday 03.21.20:

12South | 7a-5p
Franklin | 8a-4p
Downtown Nashville | 8a-5p
Southside | 9a-4p
Nations | 7a-8p

// UPDATE Friday 3.20.20 //

Here are our adjusted hours beginning Friday 03.20.20:

12South | 7a-5p
Franklin | 8a-4p
Downtown Nashville | 8a-5p
Southside | 9a-4p
Nations | 7a-8p

// UPDATE Thursday 3.19.20 //

Here are our adjusted hours beginning Thursday 03.19.20:

12South | 7a-5p
Franklin | 8a-4p
Downtown Nashville | 8a-5p
Southside | 9a-4p (Take out / curbside pickup only)
Nations | 7a-8p

We will continue to encourage to-go orders and a come and go environment or ordering online (curbside pickup available).

Please read this letter from a coalition of restaurant owners, hourly workers and chefs working together to connect Tennessee hospitality workers as a united front to expedite the protection, relief and welfare of and for hospitality workers at a local, state and federal level. Consider taking action on behalf of our hospitality industry HERE.

// UPDATE 3.18.20 //

Our adjusted hours beginning 03.18.20 are:

12th | 7a-5p
Franklin | 8a-4p
Downtown Nashville | 7a-5p
Southside | 9a-4p
Nations | 7–5p

// UPDATE 3.17.20 //

We are closely following the changing recommendations of the CDC as well as local government and health authorities and are making adjustments to operations as needed in order to continue to provide Frothy goodness to our favorite folks.

Beginning 3.17.20 our new hours will be:
12South | 7a-5p
Franklin | 7a-5p
DWTN Nashville | 8a-5p
Chattanooga | 8a-5p
Nations | 8a-5p

We will continue to encourage to-go orders and a come and go environment. Please call 615-600-4756 and choose your neighborhood location to order take out. We are working toward offering online ordering so please stay tuned for that! #frothylove #washyerdarnhands #happystpaddysday

// UPDATE 03.16.20 //
Hello again. The past 2 weeks have been a doozy y’all. We love to keep it light but we have some important updates to communicate. We are closely following the changing recommendations of the CDC as well as local government and health authorities. We will pivot as needed in the coming days and weeks so please check back for updates as we have them. We will try to keep our updates as concise and informative as possible.

Starting Monday 03.16.20 we will begin operating at 50% seating capacity to encourage social distancing, and we will also shorten our hours as follows:

12South | 7a-7p
Franklin | 7a-7p
Downtown Nashville | 8a-8p
Chattanooga | 8a-10p
Nations | 8a-8p

Although our doors are open and we LOVE seeing your faces (virtual high five!), we are encouraging to-go orders and a come and go environment. We are working toward offering online ordering so please stay tuned for that!For now, please call 615-600-4756 and choose your neighborhood location to order. As things change we will post updates here and to our website, and if you have any questions please reach out to We appreciate you so much and thank you for your patience and trust as we work through all of the unknowns, we will get through this together! #frothylove #washyerdarnhands #nashvillestrong

//03.14.20 //

Dear Frothy Family,

We know you have questions and we want to assure you that we are monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) closely. We are monitoring expert recommendations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), Servsafe, and local health officials. 

In addition to our existing high standards of safety, we are increasing our efforts in the following ways as well as others:

• All staff are washing hands more often.

• Our POS touch screens will be disinfected often and guests will swipe their own credit cards.

• We have increased the frequency with which we clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces, including screens, tables, chairs, bathrooms, and door handles.

• All beverages are available in single use cups if requested. We will still be offering a reusable cup discount but we will not be filling guest’s containers.

• We will discontinue use of hand held menus when possible and use posted menus as well as a QR codes posted for menu access on smartphones. 

• Condiments will be available by request.

• We ask that any guests exhibiting signs of sickness not enter our buildings.

• We follow local government health policy plans as it applies to staff and illness. 


As an added measure, you will find the following sign posted at all of our locations:

As always, we are committed to safe food handling and the cleanliness and best practices for sanitation of our restaurants. We hope you visit us with confidence in the coming days and weeks with this in mind. For now we are open as usual but please check back for updates as things change. Please reach out to if you have any questions. #frothylove to you all.

Dinner Reservations in Chattanooga

Posted by on February 25, 2020

We now offer dinner reservations after 5pm exclusively at our Chattanooga location!

We accept reservations for table service every day from 5pm-close. Our daily brunch is first come first served with counter service. Our approachable dinner menu includes shareables, sandwiches, salads and dinner entrees. We offer beer, wine and cocktails. Complete your meal with dessert, coffee, or a beverage from our full bar.

Frothy Monkey was established in 2004. We offer breakfast, brunch every day, kids menu, lunch, dinner with beverage offerings including coffeehouse standards as well as craft beer, wine, cocktails. We nourish community through hospitality and our commitment to quality. Our food and drinks are made from scratch using original recipes and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients from regional farmers and producers whenever possible. We roast our own coffee and bake our own pastries and bread.

Check availability through Open Table below. Please call us at 423-680-6343 with any questions or for additional reservation availability.

Currently reservations are exclusively offered at our Chattanooga location.


Reusable Cup Discount

Posted by on February 17, 2020

Every little bit matters when it comes to sustainability, and we’re hoping that you can help us cut down on the use of disposables. This past year we started using sip lids for our cold cups to eliminate the need for a straw, and now we are happy to share that when guests bring a reusable cup into our stores they will receive 15 cents off of their beverage purchase. We have some great reusable cup options available for purchase online or in our stores if you don’t already have one. For those of you who are making the effort to reduce waste we thank you!


Art Submissions

Posted by on January 28, 2020

We love our creative communities and we are always looking for your art to feature on our walls! If you are interested in showing your art in one of our spaces, please fill out the form below and answer in as much detail as possible. Once it has been reviewed someone will reach out to you with more information regarding your work and showing with Frothy!

Please understand that we are not an art gallery and not all art (regardless of outstanding it is!) will work in our restaurants. We do our best to match artists and their art to the character of our spaces with consideration for our clientele. Keep in mind that we are family friendly.

*Note that only one submission per artist is necessary for review. If you have additional questions, please email us at



Valentine’s Day 3-Course Dinners 2/13-2/15

Posted by on January 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day Dinners 2/13-2/15
Frothy Love 3 Course Dinner
Thursday + Friday + Saturday after 5pm
$50 per couple
Add a bottle of wine from our hand picked selections for $25

Franklin / 12South / DWTN Nashville / Chattanooga / Nations
(OpenTable reservations are available in Chattanooga only by visiting



{course one}

Cheese plate to share
Small salad* x2 

{course two}  pick 2

Braised Beef Short Rib
over mashed potatoes with buttered greens beans and red wine pan gravy

Herb Crusted Mahi
over parmesan risotto, grilled asparagus and basil pesto

 Penne Pasta
with tomatoes, red onions, spinach and sundried tomato pesto cream
-add chicken for 4 dollars-

{course three}  shared

Chocolate Pound Cake
layered with white chocolate mousse and bourbon macerated raspberries + 2 chocolate truffles.


The regular menu will also be available in addition to the special Valentine’s Day menu.

Locations + Hours

12South 2509 12th ave. south, nashville, tn 37204 / 615-600-4756 x1 / Thurs open until 9pm Fri + Sat open until 10pm
franklin 125 5th ave south, franklin, tn 37064 / 615-600-4756 x3 / Thurs open until 9pm Fri + Sat open until 10pm
dwtn nashville  avenue of the arts, 235 5th ave north, nashville, tn 37219 / 615-600-4756 x2 / Thurs open until 9pm Fri + Sat open until 10pm
the nations  1400 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209 / 615-600-4756 x4 / Thurs open until 9pm Fri + Sat open until 10pm
southside  1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, 423-680-6343 / Thurs open until 10pm Fri + Sat open until 11pm

2019 CoffeeChamps | Nashville, TN | 1.12-13

Posted by on January 7, 2020

Join us at CoffeeChamps when in comes to #Nashville on 1/11-12! CoffeeChamps is caffeine-packed weekend event, featuring the Qualifying Competitions for the U.S Coffee Championships. Coffee professionals from all over the United States compete to enhance and show off their skills as Baristas, Brewers, Roasters, and Tasters. The champions from the U.S. Coffee Championships will represent the USA at the World Championships. CoffeeChamps also features a free cafe & roaster village, vendor marketplace, brewing demonstrations, and so much more!

Coffee Champs US Qualifier
January 11-12, 2020 / Track One / Nashville, TN
General admission tickets are now on sale for $5/each at @uscoffeechamps #coffeechampsnashville

Special edition of our weekly coffee cupping at Frothy Monkey Roasting Co
Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 2:00pm / at Frothy Monkey Roasting Co 613 Ewing Ave. Nashville, TN 37203

We’ll be hosting a party with our friends at Jackalope Brewing at The Ranch on Saturday, January 11th 6-10pm.  Open to the public and Coffee Champs attendees. Those with wristbands will have VIP access to food + drink tickets!


Open Interviews for Frothy East

Posted by on December 10, 2019

We will be opening a Frothy Monkey in the Lockeland Springs neighborhood of East Nashville- official opening date TBD (more on that here). We’re looking for optimistic, warm individuals who work well in teams and independently. Willing to smile often and abundantly and take pleasure in making others happy. Please fill out our general application if you are interested in joining our Frothy East family or attend one of our open interview dates!

Join us for OPEN interviews
Location: 1701 Fatherland St., Nashville, TN 37206
Dates + Times:
Thursday, January 9
8a-11a or 3p-6p
Friday, January 10
8a-11a or 3p-6p

 Please bring a resume to the interview if you have one.

Frothy Monkey offers an inclusive and creative workplace. Our team members have the opportunity to collaborate with others, grow professionally, and contribute to a growing company. We extend hospitality to our guests and to each other. We offer generous benefits for full time employees including health insurance, company HSA contributions, paid time off (for salaried positions), free parking (for our Avenue of the Arts location in Downtown Nashville), and competitive pay for all positions.

Within 90 days of hire, all full-time employees are eligible for competitive health, dental, vision and HSA benefits.
Our core values are the fundamental beliefs of our organization. They are Quality, Relationships, Warmth, Grit, Growth + Development, and Execution. These guiding principles dictate our behavior, support our vision, and shape our culture.
About Frothy Monkey
Coffee + Food + Wine. We have Breakfast through Dinner restaurant locations in several neighborhoods in the Nashville (12South + Downtown Nashville + The Nations + East (coming soon)), Franklin (Downtown Franklin), and Chattanooga, TN (Southside) areas. We also have a BAKERY and roast our own coffee.
We use quality ingredients to prepare original food and drink, served in a cozy and approachable atmosphere. We focus on an exceptional breakfast through dinner experience for our guests- 7 days a week, 363 days a year. Frothy Monkey has been voted ‘Best Coffeehouse’ and ‘Best Service’ in the Nashville Scene Best of Nashville Awards. Find more information about Awards + Other Proud Moments here or by visiting

2019 Festivus Blend

Posted by on November 22, 2019


A blend of coffees from Sumatra + Ethiopia feat. notes of dried fruits, vanilla + baking spices

For the holidays we combine two very different and complex coffees from Sumatra and Ethiopia. For the 2019 Festivus Blend, we have once again selected two of the finest coffees Sumatra and Ethiopia have to offer.

We commissioned local artist, Jessie Pickren of Hew & Co to illustrate the Festivus art and the packaging was screen printed in Nashville, TN by Grand Palace.

This year’s Ethiopian component is a naturally processed coffee from the Konga cooperative, grown in the world famous Yirgacheffe region. This complex coffee adds plenty of dark fruit notes to the blend, such as cherry and blueberry.  

The Sumatran component comes from the famed Aceh region in northern Sumatra.  Here the coffees are picked at peak ripeness and then processed in the “wet hull” method that has made Sumatra famous for their flavor profile. Our 2018 Festivus Blend adds plenty of depth with notes of vanilla, oak, and baking spices.   

Together, these coffees create our version of one of the world’s original coffee blends, Mocha Java.  

Festivus Blend will be available at all Frothy Monkey locations and from our online store starting on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season!
Order Now



Spreading Frothy Cheer in 2019

Posted by on November 20, 2019

Our Frothy family is filled with people who care about their community, and we are grateful for you. This holiday season we are joining forces with several other indie businesses, friends, and non-profits to give back to our neighbors in need, and organizations we are passionate about. But, we need your help! Here is how you can be involved in Nashville, Franklin, and Chattanooga.

Toy + Clothing Drives


Help us make Christmas shine for everyone! From now until December 14th, Lightning 100 & Frothy Monkey are partnering with the Metro Police Christmas Charities to collect new, unwrapped toys, and supplies for the elderly. You can find toy collection boxes at 3 Frothy Monkey locations; 12South, The Nations & Avenue of the Arts Downtown. Plus, Lightning 100 is accepting donations at the Lightning 100 office at 1310 Clinton Street. Suite 215. Nashville. 37203.  


Bring new and unwrapped toys to Frothy Franklin to be collected for the Franklin Firefighter’s Charities holiday drive! If you would like to fulfill specific wishes, visit Franklin fire stations to pick up a tag. Items will be distributed to Williamson County families in need who are chosen by the FFA. The collection at Frothy Franklin will wrap up in mid December.


Our Southside location will be a drop off location for The Forgotten Child Fund a Chattanooga based charity run by the police and firefighters, who deliver the toys in a firetruck to the kids. Bring your donations to Frothy Southside by December 18th.


IndieNashGiving is a homegrown movement that takes place in Nashville (and in our case, Franklin + Chattanooga as well!) on Small Business Saturday — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — when shoppers are encouraged to support local businesses. This Small Business Saturday, a group of independent Nashville businesses will go one step further and demonstrate the impact shopping local can have on our city.

When you’re out and about on Small Business Saturday (November 30, 2019), be sure to visit us and other IndieNashgiving participants. As we give a portion of sales to local non-profits who are doing good. Look how far the ripple effect can go when you shop local! You’ll get fabulous goods and services; your dollars will fuel the local economy; and you’ll have a direct impact on those most in need in our community. 

Frothy Monkey will be donating 10% of sales of retail coffee on Small Business Saturday to two organizations, Metro Police Christmas Charities and Tennessee Equality Project. Thank you to our friends at Parnassus Books for organizing this amazing day of giving!



Date: Monday, November 25th

Time: 11:30 – 1:30

Location: The 200 block of MLK Boulevard in front of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center

If you are in Chattanooga on Monday, November 25th please join us for Gratefull, Causeway‘s annual city-wide Thanksgiving potluck. Every year on the Monday before Thanksgiving, we shut down a block on MLK Boulevard, inviting strangers and friends of all walks of life to gather and share a potluck meal in the middle of the street at one long table. There is no fee, no expectations, and no agenda—just an open invitation. Click here for more info.

Giving Tuesday

Join #TeamCempa for YOGA, CYCLING, & HIIPfit benefit classes at @yogalanding, @echelon_studio, & @kylehousefitnessto celebrate #GivingTuesday on December 3rd! After your class. . . DINE OUT! This year, a percentage of Frothy Monkey’s sales in Chattanooga on 12.3.19 will benefit Cempa Community Care! 


 Festivus Show 

Saturday, December 14th @8pm
Marathon Music Works feat. Anderson East, with Black Pumas and Luci Silvas

The year’s event benefits Metro Police Christmas Charities (our toy drive benefactor) and features performances by Nashville’s own Anderson East, who’s latest album, Alive in Tennessee, is out now;  Austin Texas band, Black Pumas, whom are currently touring in support of their debut effort. Lucie Silvas rounds off an amazing night of great live music. Tickets are $22 / $25 Click here for more info.


Frothy Monkey