You have just brewed your favourite cup of coffee in chemex.
But how to keep it warm for drinking later?
You might be tempted to put it on a stove. But can You?
This is one question that makes a lot of people wonder about chemex coffeemaking: Can I put the chemex on my stove?
The answer is yes, you can do this but read on.
You might have wondered whether it is true if it really works well as well as how to do that. It is also possible you may be considering buying or already own one but don’t know if it can go on top of your stove.
You can find out the answers to all of these questions in this article.
In this Article
On a Stove top
You can warm chemex on a stovetop without much trouble. A stovetop is a good, safe place to put the chemex so you can keep it warm for drinking. Be sure to keep the heat at lowest setting so that you do not burn it. You can even keep it for an hour or longer if you want.
However, some precautions are required before you do this.
First, make sure that the coffee you are using has cooled down or it will get burnt.
Second, be careful while doing this since there are chances of spillover if you are not alert and careful.
Third, the glass is delicate and can easily break if you drop it on your stove.
It’s very common to see chemex coffee brewers cooked on a stovetop. This is because the chemex coffee brewer is made of very thin glass (5mm).
The Chemex coffee brewer can be used on any hotplate, or even an induction plate without any problem.
On a Gas Burner
If you place the chemex on a gas burner, use one with small flames. There are some gas burners that have very large flames that can damage your chemex glass carafe.
On an Induction Cooktop
The induction stove top is very convenient for steaming or frying, but it is not suitable for coffee brewing. If you place your chemex on the induction cooktop, it may cause the glass to crack or break.
Also, Induction cooktops need metal, preferably steel or iron to heat the food. Chemex is all glass so it will not work well on an induction cooking surface.
On an Electric Stovetop with Exposed Coils
Electric Stovetop with exposed coils can damage chemex glass. So it is recommended to use steel wire grid (sold by chemex) to prevent fracturing it.
Disadvantages of putting a Chemex on a Stovetop
Taste of Coffee
If coffee in chemex is warmed up for too long it will have a bitter taste. It might have an unexpected taste. So, it is not a good idea to keep the coffee on a stove for long time.
Carbon Deposits on Chemex
If you are using Gas Stovetop on a regular basis or have chembox on gas stove then you might notice carbon deposits on the glass. Chemex is made of glass and it will get carbon deposits on it after some time which will ruin its look.
The best possible ways of keeping coffee warm in a Chemex are
Warm the chemex in hot water:
Put the chemex in a warm, but not boiling water bath. If you put it in boiling water, the lid will get stuck on the outside of the pot and you won’t be able to remove it.
Reheat your coffee by putting the Chemex in a hot water bath. This is really convenient if you are going to reheat several cups at once, since you don’t have to heat up your entire pot of water each time.
Wrap a cloth or towel around the Chemex:
If you’re in a hurry but still want to keep your coffee warm, you can wrap a towel or cloth around the Chemex. Just make sure that it won’t get in the way of the pouring.
Preheat Your Glasses or Mugs With Hot Water:
If you are going to drink coffee out of a glass or mug, you can preheat the glass by washing it with hot water. This will ensure that the temperature of your coffee doesn’t change much when it gets in the glass.
DO NOT Reheat Your Coffee If You Have Left It Out For Too Long
A cozy design suitable for Chemex:
The best way to insulate a Chemex is to use an adapted accessory made for the purpose. On Amazon, you’ll find a couple of them.
They are made from neoprene and will fit around your Chemex snugly. You can place the metal ring that comes with the sleeve over the top of your Chemex. This way, your Chemex will be fully contained inside the sleeve and you will not have to worry about it getting scalded from within.
Cover the Chemex with a lid:
If you have a lid for your Chemex, cover it with the lid.
This is a good way to insulate your Chemex and keep the heat in. If you don’t have a lid, any kind of cup will do, as long as it is airtight.
You can either place your Chemex on top of the cup, or you can invert it and put the cups on top of each other. Either way will help keep heat within them.
Utilize a Thermos for Coffee:
Another great way to keep your coffee war is to use a good old thermos.
It can keep your coffee hot for hours and you won’t have to worry about it getting cold. Just make sure that the lid is air-tight and that there are no gaps.
Did you like our Tips on How to Keep Chemex Warm on a Stovetop.
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