The Chemex is a coffee brewer that makes pourover-style filter coffee. It is well loved for its unique, design-driven aesthetic.
The Chemex holds a hallowed place in coffee making history and has many devotees around the world. Loved for its distinct - and award winning - design, the Chemex is also prized for its patented double bonded filters - which ensure Chemex coffee is clean yet full-bodied.
The Chemex was designed in 1941 by German chemist Dr Peter Schlumbohm, who was a prolific inventor, developing over 300 patents in his career. He was focused on improving the aesthetic and functional design of everyday objects, of which the Chemex - for which he is most well known - is a shining example.
The carafe is made from one piece of borosilicate glass, with the classic version wearing a removable wooden collar that perfectly fits the hand, all tied together with a classy leather tie. Its shape was designed to be both beautiful and optimally extract the coffee, through the patented double bonded Chemex filter papers.
The contemporary Chemex brewer also comes in a version with a glass handle (although we think nothing beats the classic) and in 3, 6. 8 or 10 cup sizes.
The Chemex has won many awards, and notably was named one of the best designed products by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and is still included in the permanent collection at MoMA today.
How Long? 3.30-4.30 mins
How Much? From $75.95
What You'll Need: 3-cup or 6-cup Chemex, Appropriately sized Chemex filters or a reusable filter such as CoffeeSock, gooseneck kettle, scales, timer, filter coffee, water
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Here are the most common questions we receive regarding Chemex Coffee. If you have any more questions, please get in contact!
Chemex is well loved for its design driven and iconic aesthetic. The Chemex also uses trademark bonded filters, which are based on laboratory grade paper and are claimed to remove undesirable fats, bitterness, acidity and sediment.
Chemex brewers are made with borosilicate glass, which is high quality, durable glass that is used in laboratories. It won’t crack under pressure. The Chemex is also a brewer and server in one, so if you’re trying to compare the cost to, say, V60, it’s important to factor the server in.
Coffee made from a Chemex is light bodied but similar in strength to other pourover methods.
There are a few main differences between Chemex and drip or other pourover brew methods. The aesthetic appearance of the Chemex sets it apart, along with its trademark bonded filters, which are based on laboratory grade filters. The paper in the filters is thicker and is claimed to remove the fats, bitterness, acidity and even the finest sediment from the brew.
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