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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.
The 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. Lastly (and I think, of great significance) is that you can keep this system very clean. Auto-drip makers become foul with rancid coffee residue, and invariably even with drip machines that are diligently cleaned, I can immediately taste this bitter, “off” flavor. A disadvantage of paper filters is they can impart a noticeable flavor to the brew, especially the thick Chemex filters, so pre-wetting the filter is key. Also, Chemex brewing is best when brewing larger amounts of coffee: paper taste and heat loss are more noticeable when trying to brew a small batch of say 12 oz.
You will need to buy filters separately. Other brands of filters don't work well with Chemex because the drip opening is large. Even a Filtropa #6 will break at the seam in a Chemex. The Chemex paper filters are extra heavy - so pre-rinsing to reduce paper taste is a must. Then again, Chemex filters are not going to break your bank, so it is not a huge drawback.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 new page with full instructions for Chemex brewing.
Using a Clever Coffee Dripper lid will help you retain some heat while brewing. It's the right size to sit inside of the filter right around the height of the rim.
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