Chemex coffee brewers are an under appreciated player in the coffee brewer market. They have been around since the 1940’s but have never caught on like automatic coffee brewers. This oversight is unfortunate, considering they are wonderfully simple, economical and easy to use. They have no mechanical parts or timers that quit working after 60 days; theoretically, your Chemex could outlive you. These brewers make an incredibly clean cup of coffee for well under $50, and they are a breeze to clean up.
The secret to the Chemex is a combination of its high quality glass with an extremely high quality paper filter. The glass does not absorb any chemical residue from previous brew cycles; so as long as you wash out the brewer after each use, you will never taste the stale, rancid coffee oils that are common in most normal brewers. The paper filters are 20-30% heavier than most other filters, ensuring that the “sludge” is filtered out and that the water is in contact with the coffee for the proper amount of time.
These brewers are also beautiful pieces of art. A hand-blown version of the Chemex resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Even though your home may not be the Museum of Modern Art, a Chemex still a great addition to any counter or kitchen table.