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How to Make Coffee Using a Chemex Coffee Maker

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith There have been 0 comments


Ah, the Chemex coffee maker.  As a chemestry nerd myself, I have always held a special place in my heart for my Chemex.  Invented in 1941 by chemist Peter J. Schlumbohm, Ph.D., the Chemex is one of the most capable brewing devices we know of for bringing out the best in our coffees.


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Originally, Doctor Schlumbohm's design was made in two parts, a modified glass filtering funnel and a modified Erlenmeyer flask.  Later, the two were combined and the beautiful wooden handle added and became the Chemex we know today.


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Many accolades have been bestowed upon the Chemex over the years and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum, the Corning Museum, and the Smithsonian.  As impressive as these honors are, perhaps the most impressive is the resurgence of use among the nations top coffee bars.

All of this has resulted in a bit of mystique over the Chemex.  Reality is that they are remarkably easy to use.  The filter paper used is thicker than standard drip coffee filters and produces a very clean and clear cup of coffee.  Newer metal "Kone" filters by Able are also available and allow more oils through and produce a cup with more body.

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