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 is 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 WORD OF CAUTION: as the filters are made of heavy paper, they require a full rinse with hot water before brewing. This removes any paper taste in your coffee!
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 ABLE KONE.
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.
If your biggest issue with the standard CHEMEX CLASSIC is that it doesn’t have a handle or maybe you’re allergic to wood, this is definitely the right CHEMEX for you. The graceful slope of the glass handle provides good leverage if you’re pouring a full pot and it still maintains the clean, simple glass design of the original CHEMEX.
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.