Invented by a chemist to improve filter brewing, Chemex has a devoted following of folks ...count my own mother as one of them. The cornerstone of this method is Chemex’s branded filter; they are 20-30% heavier than any other filter and have a special paper formulation to remove sediment but allow positive aromatic compounds to pass through.
The fine paper grain holds back "mud," while permitting correct filtration speed. Chemex brews at least 1-2 minutes slower than normal paper filters, more in line with the optimal time that hot water and grinds should contact each other: 4 minutes. The Chemex filter paper is heavy, so pre-rinsing is essential.
The Chemex is all glass, which makes it very easy to clean. Maybe the best thing about the Chemex is that you can see the process, interact, and make changes. There's a lot to be said for that and we shouldn't dismiss it.
Everyone has their own pouring technique (let the coffee pre-infuse/bloom or not, pre-wet the filter, pour at a particular rate) and the results are there in the cup. Machines don't typically allow for this.
Want to impress your friends? Tell them that your Chemex is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
We have a page with full instructions for Chemex brewing.
The CM-8GH will brew the same great coffee as the other Chemex models. The only difference is the glass handle instead of the wooden sleeve. You will need to purchase Chemex filters since they are stronger and the thick paper helps produce the clean brewed coffee that Chemex is know for. It's made of thick, durable glass that is easy to clean.Learn More$38.75
Hand-Blown Glass Chemex brewers in the 13 Cup Size. These are what you would have purchased if you bought a Chemex in the '70s. There are a few key advantages to using a Chemex compared to an auto-drip brewer. The first advantage is that the coffee-water mixture is the correct temperature (between 195-205°F) from the beginning of the infusion. Few auto-drip makers are capable of this. Secondly, you gain control over infusion time based upon the fineness of your grind and pouring technique.Learn More$87.50
They call these the "Classic" model and we offer them in the 6 cup size (30 oz) and 10 cup size (50 oz.) The brewer includes the one-piece machine-made glass coffeemaker, and wood collar handle with leather tie. There are a few key advantages to using a Chemex compared to an auto-drip brewer. The first point is that the coffee-water mixture is the right temperature (between 195-205°F) from the beginning of the infusion. Few auto-drip makers are capable of this and even a good auto-drip maker will brew at lower temperatures. Secondly, you gain control over infusion time based upon the fineness of your grind and pouring technique.Learn MorePrice From: $38.90
At first we thought this could be another one of those products that functioned the same as a pre-existing version but with nicer aesthetics or fancier materials. At the same time, we knew the fine folks at Able have always produced very durable and thoughtful products so we needed to try it out. Upon testing it, we were happy to learn that it kept a Chemex brew hotter for longer when compared to the glass Chemex cover. It's durable, flexible, easy to clean, easy to handle and won't break. Another nice feature is that you can pour from your Chemex with the lid still in place.Learn More$10.00
This 3 cup Chemex model is sleek, it's clear and makes coffee the same as the other Chemex models. Being much more compact than it's larger siblings, it's the right choice if 6 cups is just too much coffee. The glass handle is thick and sturdy but hey, it's glass. My estimation is that you would probably crack the carafe itself long before you would crack the handle, so this model is no more or less fragile than the others.
Chemex filters are designed specifically for your Chemex brewers. They are 20-30% heavier than standard filters and filter out the finest sediment but also slows down infusion time rendering a super clean cup with good body. It is great for filter for coffees with floral and delicate notes. These are the half moon filters so they require some folding as seen above. There are 100 in a box.Learn More$7.50
The Kone is a stainless steel conical filter designed for your Chemex brewer. This is a true conical shape - not like a #4 filter that is a cone with a flat bottom. You can also use it with other brewers that take cone-shaped filters, like the Hario V-60, but it may not fit as well as it does in a Chemex. It works with the 6, 8 and 10 cup Chemex brewers and does a fair job of mimicking the extraction of a paper filter and eliminates having to throw away a filter after every brew.Learn More$60.00
This is the squiggly wire grid to protect your Chemex from the burners of an electric range. You place this on the electric heating element and turn it on low to keep the Chemex warm or to pre-heat it for brewing. Don't attempt to heat water to boiling in a Chemex though, this is just for warming... Learn More$6.25
These filters are specifically designed for Chemex brewers, these fit all Chemex models except the small 3 Cup size. We really recommend Chemex filters for your brewer, and the Chemex type (pre-folded squares) are only pennies more than standard filters. I like the square pre-folded best because they are strong, and when it comes time to toss the filter (into your compost, of course!) they do not fall apart. The square type give you neat "handholds" on the corner.Learn More$7.50
Chemex makes a small glass cover to maintain heat in your Chemex brewer once you have made your coffee and removed the paper filter. This is a better technique to keep coffee hot than reheating or keeping it on a stovetop burner (which is never recommended with the Chemex anyway).
Remove cover before pouring.Learn More$5.75
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