If you liked the Perfect Brew Cone we highlighted last week, but want something nicer-looking than a plastic funnel and capable of brewing more than a cup at a time, the Chemex coffeemaker is a manual drip coffeemaker.
Photo by Anders Carlsson.
Financial blog Wise Bread sings the praises of the simple and elegant looking Chemex coffeemaker:
Chemex coffeemakers quietly entered the coffee-brewing world in the late 1940s.
Invented by chemist Peter Schlumbohm, Chemex brewers are made from heat-resistant Pyrex glass. Short of a drop kick or bar fight, they're indestructible. The conical shape of the top portion of the carafe, together with a special paper filter, removes sediment, oils, and fats from your final cup - no bitterness, no grounds, perfect every time. The narrow neck of the carafe fits your hand perfectly and protects it from the hot surface by a band of wood secured with a leather strap. A subtle groove molded in the glass serves as a spout. Just remove the filter and grounds in one disposable package and your brewer becomes your carafe.
If you're looking for a plastic-free, durable and simple brewing method, the Chemex coffeemaker ensures you get a hot cup of coffee as long as you've got access to coffee and hot water. The Chemex six-cup coffee maker retails for $US37, with price variations according to how much bigger or smaller you want the carafe.