|Item Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9.6 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||CM-8A|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Special Features||Dishwasher Safe|
Chemex Classic Series, Pour-over Glass Coffeemaker, 8-Cup - Exclusive Packaging - CM-8A
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- Made of non-porous Borosilicate glass which will not absorb odors or chemical residues
- CHEMEX pour-over allows coffee to be covered and refrigerated for reheating without losing flavor
- Simple, easy to use with timeless, elegant design
- Use CHEMEX Bonded Filters FP-1, FC-100, FS-100, FSU-100
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From the manufacturer
Do not place the Chemex Water Kettle directly on an electric coil stove top. For use with an electric coil stove top we recommend using our Chemex stainless steel wire grid (TKG) between the kettle and the coils to prevent breakage and personal harm.
Chemex Glass Coffeemaker
Overview of Product
Chemex delivers the purest flavor experience.
Made of non-porous Borosilicate glass which will not absorb odors or chemical residues.
Chemex pour-over allows coffee to be covered and refrigerated for reheating without losing flavor.
Simple, easy to use with timeless, elegant design.
Like all good things, full flavor takes time — and your own special touch. The Chemex Coffeemaker delivers only the elements essential to rich coffee flavor, so that your personal taste and approach shine through.
Step 1: Get into the grind
Select your favorite whole bean coffee you want to enjoy and grind it to medium coarse ground.
Optional Tip: We suggest using a burr grinder because it delivers a more consistent particle size, allowing for a more even extraction and fuller bodied cup of coffee.
Step 2: Filter up
Open a Chemex Bonded Coffee Filter into a cone shape so that one side of the cone has three layers, and place it into the top of the Chemex brewer. The thick (three-layer) portion should cover the pouring spout.
Optional Tip: Dampen the filter with warm water to rinse and preheat the brewer. Once the water has drained through the filter completely, pour it out of the brewer while keeping the filter sealed against the coffeemaker wall.
Step 4: Let it bloom
Once you have brought the appropriate amount of water to a boil, remove it from the heat and allow it to stop boiling vigorously.
Pour a small amount of water over the coffee grounds to wet them, and wait for about 30 seconds for them to 'bloom', releasing the most desirable coffee elements from the grounds.
Optional Tip: Perfect brewing temperature is about 200°F.
Step 5: First pour
After the grounds bloom, slowly pour the brewing water over the grounds while keeping the water level well below the top of the Chemex (quarter inch or more).
Step 6: Brew on
Slowly pour the remaining water over the grounds, using a circular or back-and-forth motion as you pour to ensure an even soaking of the grounds.
Step 3: The scoop
Put one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee for every 5 oz. cup into the filter cone. Feel free to use more if you prefer it stronger; our Chemex brewing process eliminates bitterness.
Tip: On all brewers except the pint size model, the 'button' indicates the carafe is half filled and the bottom of the wooden collar/spout indicates it's full. On the pint size brewer, the button is the full marker.
Step 7: Toss the filter
Once the desired amount of coffee is brewed, lift the filter with spent grounds out of the brewer and discard.
Step 8: Enjoy the perfect cup
Pour your freshly made coffee into your Chemex mug and indulge in the flavor.
In order to keep your coffee warm you may place the Chemex directly on either a glass stove top or gas flame both at low heat. If you have an electric coil stove top, you must utilize the Chemex stainless steel wire grid (TKG) in between the Chemex and the coils to prevent breakage. Be sure that there is a small amount of liquid in the carafe before placing it on a warm heating element.
Keep it clean
A carefully cleaned and handled Chemex brewer will give you a lifetime of service. Remove the wooden handle and continue to hand wash with warm soap and water, or place the coffeemaker securely in the dishwasher.
A perfect pairing
The blending of art and science doesn't end with the Chemex coffeemaker. Our Chemex 2-Quart Water Kettle achieves the perfect brewing temperature with functional elegance. Made from heavy-walled heat-resistant glass, our flat-bottomed kettle will ensure a delightful boiling and brewing process. The unique silicone stopper keeps the brewed water at peak temperature while venting steam, so the neck stays cool to the touch for safe handling.
The Eight Cup Classic Series Coffeemaker used together with the scientifically designed, patented CHEMEX Bonded Filters, will guarantee that our pour over brewing process will deliver the perfect cup of coffee, without any sediments or bitter elements. Includes a polished wood collar with leather tie. Capacity: 40 Ounce Height: 9 1/8" Diameter: 5" Item: CM-8A
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As far as taste, Chemex falls just below Calita wave for me and a slight bit above v60 (to me these three are the only ones that make a comparable brew). Calita Wave coffee is by far the smoothest, but takes more effort to use due to the smaller brew chamber, and I mostly reserve it for an afternoon pick-me-up. Chemex is smoother than a v60, IMO, but the two are overall fairly similar. The v60 is more suited for an office or if you want a single cup, rather than a whole carafe-full, as it is more modular and transportable.
If I were to just keep one coffee method it would be the Chemex, it fits the bill for the broadest class of uses and excels in each of them equally. I have confidence in the build quality, as well, the glass feels thick and unlikely to chip or break barring any unforeseen circumstances. If you are in need of a manual brewing coffee method in your life, look no further than the Chemex.
But incase not, here's a bit of a compressed story of my journey through coffee brewing:
Bought a Chemex at Crate and Barrel, hand grinder, wrong sized filters, bad coffee, boiling water, wrong sized grinds, bad coffee, figuring out grind size, better but still bitter coffee, graduating to plastic Procter Silex electric kettle over pan and spoon, better coffee, still not great but getting better.
Travel home for Christmas, break Chemex, order new Chemex from Amazon, coffee quality improving now, two years later stop being cheap and buy Buonavita Power Kettle, Automatic Burr Grinder, Hario Scale, coffee quality intensifies.
Lessons for you: brewing coffee is a journey, I learned a lot over the years through mistakes and trial and error before buying things that made the process much faster, easier, and more consistent. I would recommend if you're new to pour over brewing, get a scale and an electric (temperature controlled) kettle, it will help you understand what effects the taste of the coffee and how you can consistently make an awesome cup.
TL;DR: If you're new to pour-over, don't judge the Chemex until you're doing everything right. When that happens, it'll be one of the best cups of coffee, all in a beautiful timeless glass carafe to impress your friends or morning after guests.
I normally use a stainless steel French Press, but I had heard and read so many good things about Chemex I wanted to try it.. I just cannot seem to get it right though and I am so disappointed.
The coffee is warm, not hot and it's weak. The water doesn't stay with the grounds long enough to get a bold, rich flavor. I also think the paper filters cause it to have a weird flavor. I don't know what else it could be. I can use the same amount of grounds in the French Press and it tastes great but the Chemex tastes off to me.
I will say the Chemex is much easier to clean than the French Press. You just fold the used filter with the grounds inside and throw it away; rinse out the carafe and you're done. Maybe I will re-gift it to someone else who might appreciate it. For me, it just doesn't make as good of a cup of coffee as a French Press.
Footnote: I usually have my coffee without cream, sugar or milk... Unless it's espresso coffee.