Have You Ever Tried a Chemex?

I just received a Chemex Coffeemaker and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been told about the legendary experience from more than a few people and I decided that I had to try it for myself. I am somewhat surprised that no one mentioned it here as an option in a previous post about Coffee Machines.

Perhaps they didn’t comment on the post…

I’ve got a 10 cup size and have seen some amazing videos and blog posts on how to “do” this right – apparently the net result of my findings is that it’s both an art and a science and you ultimately will have to determine the right mix for yourself.

I’m excited to try it out though!

This is one of the videos that I did find:

[tentblogger-vimeo 6161817]

So have you tried a Chemex before? What’s your experience been?

  • http://www.tillhecomes.org Jeremy Myers

    I think Google needs some caffeine:

    It looks like we both lost all our Feedburner Subscribers:



    Have you seen this happen before? Do we just wait it out?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      wait it out i guess. ;)

  • http://jeansandtie.com/ Jacob K. Bluhm

    This is going to make an awesome Christmas present. I can’t name names because he/she might read this. hahaha. I Love the soldiers in the beginning of the video.

    • http://john.do John Saddington


  • Brian Notess

    I have one of these (surprise, surprise). It’s definitely a few steps up from a drip coffee maker. It’s fast and easy to clean up. It probably ranks third in my “tastiest ways to make coffee” list.

    This is number one (in case you were wondering)


    • http://john.do John Saddington

      wow. that looks amazing.

  • mike

    Are you serious? Its just a glass jug with a paper filter? Seems like a bit of a luddite step backwards to me.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      it’s amazing actually. do a little research… and try it!

  • http://www.rocksandroads.com Jeremy Green

    I’m a huge fan of my french press, but I might have to try one of these things out. Where did you purchase it from?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      amazon. :)

  • http://schellack.net Jonathan Schellack

    Old Queens Coffee Company sells the 8 cup Chemex (& their AMAZING coffee beans) online at http://shop.oqcoffee.com/collections/coffee-equipment. That’s where we got our Chemex.

    I prefer it to a French press or a traditional drip. The combination of the “special” glass and the fine paper filter (cheap filters don’t work as well) really lets you taste the coffee like it was meant to be.

    They also have step-by-step (non-video) instruction on how to use your Chemex at http://oqcoffee.com/coffees/chemex-brewing-guide/.

    • Stan Sonu

      I agree with Jonathan — his brother (one of my best friends) makes the coffee i was telling you guys about! Now that you have chemex, you need the coffee to go with it! Hope you guys are well.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        awesome! thakns man!

        • http://www.oqcoffee.com Ben Schellack

          Hey John! I’m glad to see you’re now using the Chemex (props to Stan for spreading the coffee love). Be careful how far you go down the specialty coffee rabbit hole you go, though; it’s very deep :)

          If you want to blow up some categories, try the OQ Nigusie from Ethiopia. Or if you want to buy local, Batdorf and Bronson in ATL or 1000 Faces coffee in Athens has some really good beans.

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            whoa, thanks man!

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    I have. And honestly, I don’t get the hype. I prefer french press.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i like how it’s easier to clean.

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    Whoa, I’ve never heard of this. It seems like it would be interesting as kinda a novelty. I’d prefer the lazy man’s way of using my Keurig :)

    • Mutant Minds

      lol, you can’t be a lazy man to afford a Keurig. :)

      Love the Newman’s Special Blend Extra Bold

      • http://john.do John Saddington


  • http://www.davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    I’ve never tried it, but it seems very similar to the single cup pour over, which I am loving.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      it’s pretty awesome!