Last Christmas I was gifted a Chemex coffee maker from a family member. Turns out it has been one of the best gifts ever! It’s the simplest thing, a simple glass carafe that has the ability to make delicious coffee. No plastic, no complicated machinery, no expensive and unnecessarily packaged coffee grinds. A paper filter, some coffee grinds and some hot water are all I need to make a delightful home brew. I have written before about the unnecessary evils of a lot of the modern coffee machines out there on the market today. Plastic pods, aluminum bonded plastic, and excessive packaging are being used to market a sense of simplicity to consumers. Why on earth do people correlate creating an abundance of waste with simplifying?
Here is my beauty in all it’s glory:
The Chemex coffee maker was invented in 1896 by German chemist Peter Schlumbohm – the company has a great deal of history and has won a ton of design awards since its creation over a century ago. Great design lasts, as evidenced by this simple coffeemaker. I will have to say I prefer the Chemex to the French press method of coffee making – the Chemex filter removes any bitterness in flavour from the coffee (which was an issue with the French press), and it is so much easier to clean!
What do I love best about my Chemex? I will admit it is the simplicity of the entire process. I also love that making pour over coffee in a glass carafe requires no plastic at all. And the fact that it makes a delicious cup of coffee, well, that’s just the icing on the cake.
All opinions in this post are my own and I have received no compensation for reviewing this product.