Pour Over vs. French Press vs. Chemex: Which Brewing Method is Best fo – Just Pour

Pour Over vs. French Press vs. Chemex: Which Brewing Method is Best for You?

When it comes time to brew your morning cup of coffee, you have a few options. Pods and electric drips and pour overs and french presses and chemexes, oh my! As it turns out, though, not all of those brewing methods are created equal. While some create a tasty, full-bodied cup of coffee, others create a watered-down mess that NOBODY has time for.

In this blog, we’re going to take a look at the three top methods: french press, pour over, and chemex coffee maker, and give you all the info you need to decide which is right for you. 

Let’s dive in.

Option One: The French Press

The french press has been around for a long time. In fact, it was developed in the late 1920s and reigned for years as THE posh method to brew coffee. To use a french press, you place your ground coffee in the bottom of the glass container, add hot water on top, and let the mixture sit for 3-5 minutes. Once that time has elapsed, you gently push the plunger down into the bottom of the carafe. 


  • Fuss-free
  • Easy
  • Creates a delicious, full-bodied brew


  • Can be messy
  • Most french presses are made of glass, so this is not a portable brewing method

Option Two: The Chemex

The chemex is a sleek, sexy coffee-brewing method that was developed in 1941 by Peter J. Schlumbohm, Ph.D., a doctor of chemistry. 

To use a chemex, you set the carafe up with a paper filter and measure the desired amount of ground coffee into said filter. Next, you add hot water to soak the coffee grounds and let the coffee ‘bloom’ for 30 seconds. For best results, the water should be added in a circular or swirling motion, since this allows the grounds to soak evenly. Finally, you add the rest of the water and let the chemex do its job. 

You’ll have a delicious cup of coffee in about 4 minutes. 


  • The chemex carafe has a large capacity, so you can brew up to 10 cups at once
  • The chemex delivers a superb, clean-tasting cup of coffee
  • The carafe is elegant and looks beautiful on a countertop


  • Using a chemex can feel a bit science-y, and some believe it involves too many steps to be a daily go-to.
  • There are different filter sizes and very specific grind specifications, which can be confusing.
  • The chemex carafe is glass, which means you can’t take it camping, hiking, or on the road. 

Option Three: Pour Over

Finally, the Holy Grail of coffee brewing methods - the pour over. Designed to be functional, fuss-free, and elegant, the pour over is everything you want from a great cup of coffee.

Here’s how it works:

Using a paper, pour over filter and a compact pour over system, you add your pre-measured, ground coffee. Next, you pour hot water into the filter and let it drip through. In just a few minutes, you have a delicious cup of coffee.

Simple, right?


  • Simple, accessible, and perfect for busy mornings.
  • Perfect for making a single-serve cup. 
  • Delivers a delicious, clean-tasting cup of coffee.
  • Doesn’t require fancy equipment or specialized kettles.
  • The reusable dripper is perfect for throwing in your bag and taking on the go.


  • It can be tough to stop at just one delicious cup. 

Pour over coffee gets even better when you buy your coffee from Just Pour. We ship pre-measured, pre-sealed coffee pods and a reusable dripper right to your door. The entire system is portable, recyclable, and eco-friendly. In a word - perfect!

Level Up Your Morning Cup

There are a bunch of different ways to brew your morning cup. As you can see from the breakdown above, though, not all of them are created equal. While pour over, french press, and chemex carafes all create a delicious cup of coffee, french presses and chemex carafes are decidedly more cumbersome and complicated than pour over coffee. 

Here at Just Pour, our mission is to take this user-friendly brewing method and make it even more accessible for you. Check out our coffee subscription options today to find the one that’s right for you.

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