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CHEMEX: How To Brew The Best Tasting (& Mos...

CHEMEX: How To Brew The Best Tasting (& Most Insta-Worthy Coffee)

by Stephen Lloyd / @Stephen_Lloyd

Chemex Set-Up

I’m sure we all can agree that coffee is an necessity for every morning. As much as I love the convenience of going to a coffee shop in the morning… It’s essential to have a coffee maker at home for the long mornings when I don’t feel like getting out and about (and especially when I feel like taking a day to binge watch Netflix…Please no Stranger Things spoilers please!). My at home solution is Chemex, a rad home brewing method with its classic vintage style, thick filters, and potential for brewing large batches of good coffee. Did I mention it’s photogenic too? It’s a no brainer why I choose to use the Chemex when I’m at home. Sure, it might take a bit longer than a traditional coffee brewer but trust me, the manual brewing makes it worth while.  I’ve come up with a few simple steps for you guys to brew up your own batch of coffee at home with Chemex:

What You’ll Need:

  •  Chemex
  •  Pouring Kettle
  •  Gram scale
  •  Filters
  •  Coffee beans
  •  Coffee grinder (preferably burr grinder)
  • GET YOUR GEAR, BELOW:


What You’ll Be Making:

  • Strong – 50–60g of coffee // 600-700g of water // 4:00min brew
  • Light – 33g of coffee // 525g of water // 5:00min brew
  • 41g of coffee // 621g of water // 4:09min brew

Okay, Let’s Do This: 

1)    Unfold the Chemex filter, making it into a cone, and place it on of the Chemex, making sure that the 3-ply side is facing the spout—this will allow air to escape during brewing process.

2)    Rinse and preheat the filter & Chemex with hot water. This will remove any papery flavors imparted by the filter. Once the filter is completely saturated with hot water, carefully dispose of the rinse water.

3)    Place the Chemex and well rinsed filter onto a scale. Tare the scale to zero.

4)    Weigh out the correct amount of coffee and grind it slightly coarser than average pour over (think the consistency of sand).

Ground Coffee In Chemex Filter

5)    Place ground coffee in the pre-rinsed filter. Gently tap the side of the Chemex to level the brew bed. Place the Chemex onto the scale and tare the scale to zero.

6)    Use the water to completely saturate the grounds and allow the coffee to bloom for about 0:30-0:45seconds. (if you put 41g of coffee grounds put approx. 41g of water for the bloom).

Pour-over coffee with Chemex

7)    After 0:30-0:45 seconds, continue adding water until the scale reads the correct weight for the batch size. Pour in a slow steady stream in counter clockwise circles, avoiding the sides of the Chemex and pouring in the middle. You may need to stop pouring momentarily to allow some of the water to drain through the filter before adding more water. This step should take between 1–2:30 minutes or until the timer reads 2:00–3:30.

Morning Coffee Photo

8)    Let drip, remove filter & sip

 * The total brew time should last between 4–5minutes. *

Instagram Coffee Photo With Chemex

Coffee Cup Instagram Picture         Photos by @Stephen_Lloyd

The smoothie that packs a punch

SMOOTHIE BODY

By Preston Konrad

Last year I found myself in Austin, Texas to style an advertising print campaign and I fell in love with just about everything. The food, the vintage shopping, the people, and especially a green smoothie from a little hidden gem of a juice truck. Packed with fruits, veggies AND protein, this bad boy was my go-to healthy snack while on the road (lord knows I needed something healthy after all of the damn good BBQ I was inhaling). When my shoot wrapped, Although I was happy to get back to Manhattan, I was strangely sad to leave my favorite juice joint. I was determined to recreate it upon my return.  

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(pictured above, Juice Austin)

One of the best things about living in New York is that us New Yorkers can get just about anything we need, at any time of day within a few blocks of our apartment. There’s a killer deli (we call them bodegas) on my street. Stocked with the usual finds including everything from paninis and Parliament lights to Palmolive and prunes, this deli in particular happened to recreate my smoothie almost exactly. (I know, thank god lol).  I recently snapchatted my smoothie obsession and was flooded with questions about what was in it…and if it actually tastes good. The answer is HELL YES. Although it looks like liquified lettuce, it tastes exactly like a Creamsicle (remember those?) and is packed with protein to keep hunger at bay. I love grabbing one of these after a SoulCycle class or in the middle of a warm day to keep me full until dinner. I’ve scrounged up the recipe for you guys so you can whip this up for yourself, after the jump:

1 cup freshly washed spinach leaves (make sure to really pack them in the cup)

1 cup freshly washed kale

1 cup fresh or frozen mango cubes

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (you’ll want to aim to get around 20-25g of protein to cut the sugars from the fruit)

½ of a banana (I like to use half to cut some of the sugar but feel free to use the whole thing)

¾ cup coconut almond milk (you’ll want the almond combo to get the nutty aftertaste)

1 splash of orange juice (reduced sugar or reduced calorie)

½ cup – 1 cup ice (to your liking)

*BOOM*

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Spring Home Updates

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 9.08.46 PMWith Spring weather comes Spring cleaning. With Spring cleaning comes the moment when you realize you’ve thrown out cheesy old plaid throw pillows, or when you realize the “art” you have hanging in your hallway is pretty lame, or when you realize you have no throw pillows at all. We know you’ve been updating your wardrobe for Spring, and now it’s time to focus on updating your pad. We’ve pulled together 3 trends for the crib as well as some affordable and easy picks from each. Enjoy and make sure to tag Preston on Instagram to show the stylish life updates you make to your place.

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Rose gold has become one of the hottest metals to welcome into your home. Adding a pop of this bad-ass metal into your place will instantly add a cool, minimalist feel to your space. Try combining your rose gold object with some crisp, clean marble for an ultra curated look. Be sure not to overdo it here…a little bit goes a long way.

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Consider the succulent to be the new Edison bulb. A few years back, these babies were only found in the coolest shops and lofts in Brooklyn, San Fran & LA and now (especially here in NYC) you can get your hand on one from just about anywhere. That being said, we’re totally down with this trend and love what adding a succulent does to our desk game. The best part? Little to no maintenance required. Boom.

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We touched on this while chatting about rose gold, but marble and marble colored goods are a home trend we’re really digging. Small hits of crisp marble and marble colored accessories add a fresh, clean layer to your pad for Spring.

How to design a perfectly cool coffee table

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One of the best parts about Fall is making small tweaks to our space. We pack away the seersucker and floral prints, the birkenstocks and boat shoes get tucked under the bed, and we find some time to make simple & easy adjustments to the rest of our pad. One of the easiest ways to give your crib a fresh fall look is to update your coffee table set-up. Follow these simple steps and you’re on your way to a cool, ‘we didn’t try too hard’ look for your living room…

STEP 1: Select a substantial base 

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This Ralph Lauren coffee table book is kind of the end-all-be-all of coffee table books. Not only is it packed with legendary pics from the classic designer, but the size, color and weight of this bad boy make a perfect base for your coffee table set-up. We also love how the spine of the book spells out good old RL’s name in a classic, bold font.

-Center the book on the table with the spine facing out (you want people to see this sucker)

STEP 2: Build up

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When you select book #2, make sure the size is slightly smaller and that the colors work well with your base. We’re keeping the fashion & style vibe going by opting for a classic Vogue book, jam packed with classic editorials. Feel free to go nuts here.

-Again, center the book with the spine facing out.

STEP 3: Pick a final book (with a cover you want people to see)

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Being that we are obsessed with a good mens slipper, we selected “The Gentleman’s Slipper” as our top book. Not only is it packed with killer content, but the cover is bold, colorful & pretty fucking cool.

STEP 3: A Succulent & small trays (or coasters)

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You can never go wrong with a small, cool succulent. Place your choice botanical right next to a small stack of coasters or small ceramic trays. These will come in handy when your gang comes over for drinks on Saturday night.

STEP 4: Set this sh*t on fire (we’re talking candles, matches & a cool match holder)

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Le Labo makes just about the best smelling candles you can find. Grab a fresh scent (we always opt for Santal 26) and pair it with a brass-toned match holder for your match collection…this will give your overall design a hint of Mad Men coolness.

SHOP THE COFFEE TABLE PICKS, HERE:

Summer body protein, Brah!

9c7bafede21cf0abe2d7c82b4dd57f8dThe panic is setting in. The last snowfall has come and gone. It’s about that time of year again when everyone suddenly realizes the warmth of spring & summer is upon us… aka we are no longer able to hide under our perfectly tailored pea coats and Kanye-inspired parkas. Some of us are realizing that as we pack away the puffer coats, the puffiness we’ve been experiencing is not solely due to the quality of the down in our coats.

We’ve been getting back in the gym like crazy, hitting our Soul Cycle classes regularly, and putting all of our faith in our best friend, protein ( and have been noticing a crazy difference) While calories, whole grains, and fats will always remain important nutrition buzzwords, it’s ALL about protein these days. As more and more consumers are realizing the need for increased protein in their diets, the retailers, food companies, and nutritional brands are answering the call, from Kellogs cereal to Quest Bars.  Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 1.27.57 PM

While there are always “trends” in the food industry, protein has elbowed it’s way to the front of the room and is looking for its time to shine. While younger consumers are increasing protein to lean out, maintain energy and feel fuller for longer, we’re sure you’ve also heard your parents talking about how they found “this great Greek yogurt and it’s PACKED with protein!” as they are looking to increase protein intake for health reasons. Over this horribly long winter we’ve been experimenting with various protein packed products to help sculpt our Summer bodies and have rounded out the group to a select few. (Photo courtesy of Mens Health)

Take a peek at our favs and shop them, after the jump: