What is the Chemex Coffee Maker?

In 2015, I had a life changing experience. I did a cupping with George Howell. I learned all about small lot coffee, and the joys of lighter roast pourover. The first thing I did went I went home was buy the Chemex coffee set George used – a 6 cup Chemex coffee maker, and the unbleached filters.

The Chemex coffee maker is a manual pour-over coffee brewing device that is made of a glass hourglass-shaped vessel with a wooden collar and tie. It is designed to brew coffee by allowing gravity to pull hot water through a bed of coffee grounds, which are contained in a filter.

The Chemex uses a special type of filter called a “bonded” or “pre-folded” filter, which is made of a thicker, heavier paper than standard coffee filters. These filters are designed to remove impurities and oils from the coffee, resulting in a cleaner, brighter, and less acidic cup of coffee.

The Chemex is a popular brewing method among coffee enthusiasts, and it is often praised for its ability to produce a clean, flavorful cup of coffee with minimal sediment. The design of the Chemex allows for precise control over the brewing process, and the thick paper filter removes most of the oils and sediment that can contribute to a bitter cup of coffee.

One of the benefits of the Chemex is its elegant design, it’s a beautiful device that can make a nice addition to any kitchen. Additionally, the Chemex is easy to clean, the glass vessel and the wooden collar can be washed with soap and water, and the filters are disposable.

Overall, the Chemex is a manual pour-over brewing method that uses a special type of filter to produce a clean, bright, and flavorful cup of coffee. It’s a popular choice among coffee enthusiasts, and it’s elegant design makes it a great addition to any kitchen.

Here’s mine, making a great single origin specialty light roast.  : )

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