Undoubtedly one of the most recognizable and elegant coffee makers available.
The Chemex was designed in 1941 and has been making delicious coffee ever since. Its non-porous, heat-resistant glass construction, combined with proprietary, scientifically designed filters, produces coffee with clarity and complexity.
In fact, it's the filters that are the star of the Chemex show. They are 20-30% heavier than other filters and remove even the finest sediment particles. The design of the filter facilitates the proper infusion time by regulating the filtration rate - about a 4 minute brew.
One warning: As the filters are made of heavy paper, they require a full rinse with hot water. before brewing. to remove any paper taste. It's worth noting that there are also other filter options for the Chemex. If you want to try a re-usable filter that gives you a totally different, but equally delicious coffee, then check out the CoffeeSock Cloth Filter.
Since the Chemex is made out of glass, you can see the coffee as it brews and, as it's a pour over method, you can also customize your particular brew method very easily.
It comes with a polished wood collar and leather tie: the collar serving as an insulated handle around the middle of the coffeemaker.
The Chemex is so cool that it has a permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and is how James Bond makes his coffee. What other endorsements do you need?
- 16oz (475ml) capacity
- Easy to clean - just remove filter and rinse through
- Heat-resistant glass made in Germany
- Requires Chemex filters
- Super pretty!
- Polished wood collar with leather tie made in the USA
This is our method, but it certainly isn’t the only one, so have a look online and play around to find what you like best.
- Place a filter in the top of the Chemex
- Pour hot/boiling water through until all of the filter is saturated.
- Pour the water out of the Chemex, via the channel, ensuring that the filter remains in place
- Grind and add coffee into the filter
- Start timer and pour enough water (195-205º) to saturate the coffee
- Swirl or stir coffee to fully saturate and let bloom for 45 seconds
- Add rest of water pouring in a clockwise, circular motion, without pouring to the very edge or overfilling the filter
- Once draw down is complete, remove the filter and the coffee is ready to serve!
Absolutely love the Chemex system: finally I can drink coffee without residue in my cup. The service was excellent. Delivery was quick and solid packaging ensured that nothing would break during transport. Thank-you Eight Ounce Coffee
After a couple years with other pour overs I thought I'd try a Chemex for my office coffee station. First things first, the Chemex is extremely easy to use and there is minimal learning curve coming from other pour overs. Additionally, there are a plethora of videos online that explain technique. The 3-cup is a perfect size for those wanting a personal coffee maker and it holds heat well. The only thing preventing me from using this every day is the "thinner" tasting coffee that it brews. I've heard many reviews on how the thickness of the filter creates an almost 'tea like' coffee, and I'd agree. Overall though, I think its a great addition to a pour over collection and does the job extremely well!