The history of Chemex Coffeemakers goes like this; Chemex was invented in 1941 by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, PhD. This guy loved to invent things, from coffee makers and cocktail shakers all the way to automobiles and you wouldn't believe that he had over 300 patents in doing so. That's passion to create!
Schlumbohm was a chemist so naturally he wanted a simple coffeemaker that was non-porous because he was simply fed up with brewers imparting the taste of their materials in his daily java. And being a man of elegance he wanted a vessel that was also one of beauty. His choice of design probably changed the world of home brewing coffee as these heat resistant Chemex coffeemakers are made from Borosilicate glass so they're extremely durable and coffee brews are always pure. He definitely hit the mark in creating a simple coffeemaker that's dependable and easy to use anywhere.
So genius was the original design, that nothing has changed about the Chemex coffee maker in over 70 years. There is even a culture around collecting vintage Chemex Coffee makers. Who doesn't remember seeing these in every camper trailer in the '70s and '80s? They're just so easy to use on a camping trip, all it takes is a compostable Chemex filter, coffee grounds plus hot water and you're literally having coffee with the birds.
The Chemex coffeemaker is an elegant, one-piece, hourglass shaped vessel made of high quality, heat resistant glass. Used by professional baristas, cafés and homes worldwide. So which Chemex style will you choose?
Some people find that the wood collar version is more fashionable with its polished wood collar and leather tie but does require dissembling when cleaning. The Classic wood colllar version can also be a bit more challenging to carry around and you really need to be mindful of how you hold it to avoid burns. It is made of slightly thicker glass than the handle version and less fragile so as long as you take care of the leather and wood collar it's pretty durable. Just make sure that you don't get these pieces wet and you'll be okay. We suggest using a foam tipped cleaning brush to get the job done.
We love coffee brewing combinations designed around a simple function and visual elegance when it comes to the optimum extraction of full, rich-bodied delicious coffee. The Chemex Classic Series coffeemaker is both elegant and versatile and available in three, six, eight, and ten cup versions so its great for family sharing.
The same beautiful hourglass carafe that distinguishes the Chemex Coffeemaker, paired with a graceful and sturdy handle. The Glass Handle Series is safer to carry without burning your fingers. The glass handle also delivers a nice option for cafés that want the elegance of a pretty coffee pour. A lot of people prefer the glass handle coffee maker because its easier to clean; just throw it in the dishwasher. And because it has a handle you don't have to worry about burning your hand every time you pick it up. The glass handle series is also made with slightly thicker and heavier glass but both versions are made of Borosilicate glass and adaptable to thermal expansion meaning it won't crack under extreme temperatures like regular glass so just know both styles are pretty durable. Available in three, six, eight, and ten cup versions with the option to buy in bulk.
CHEMEX HANDBLOWN SERIES
Produced by hand, the clarity of the blown glass and fine workmanship earned it a home in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The handblown coffeemakers are available in three, five, eight, and thirteen cup versions.
The flawless combination of visual design and function of the Chemex coffee maker has earned it a place in the permanent collection of New York's Corning Museum of Glass. The Chemex coffeemaker was also selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times.
WHY BREW WITH A CHEMEX?
The Chemex coffeemaker, together with the filter, makes perfect coffee, flavorful and without bitterness or sediment every time. The coffee only comes in contact with the scientifically designed filter and non-porous glass. With the Chemex method, you can make coffee as strong as you like without bitterness.