THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, IT IS THE BEST CUP OF HOME COFFEE I HAVE EVER MADE.
Positive Product Points
Best cup of home brewed coffee I have ever made.
Negative Product Points
Takes a little more time and attention and requires a separate thermal caraffe.
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE REGULAR COFFEE DRINKER and not the real coffee geek pro. My wife and I have been looking for a coffee maker that produces a really hot and really tasty cup of coffee. Last year, I came across the coffee geek website and did a lot of research and wound up buying a Zojirushi maker. It was recommended as "one of the best cups of coffee" and "hottest brewing maker". It made pretty good coffee and while it was hot, it wasn't scalding temperature as my wife likes to drink it. I did come across the Chemex product in my research and thought I would give it a shot, as it wasn't too expensive and I could certainly get the water as hot as I wanted. Bottom Line: This Chemex makes the best cup of home brewed coffee I have ever made. I will say it does take a bit more time and attention but the taste and temperature is clearly worth it. Here's why, let me know if this sounds familiar to you. You go out to say Starbuck's or Tim Horton's (a local coffee shop here in Western NY and Canada) that makes tasty coffee or where ever you like to get your coffee. You get your coffee. It tastes amazing. You're psyched to drink it and you treat yourself a 12 oz bag of coffee right at the shop for $27.95 and while you know this is a ridiculous price to pay you know you've got the day off tomorrow and you are very excited to sit down and enjoy you're favorite coffee while attempting to read the Sunday paper before your kids burn the house down. Sounds right so far right? You get up the next day, you make your coffee, you pour your coffee, you get the paper out, the kids are still in bed, you sit down and get into the front page and take you first sip and say, "Damn this coffee is really delicious but is doesn't taste nearly close to what it tastes like at the coffee shop. What the hell." Have you ever wondered why this is? Me too and I don't know why it is either.
However, I bought this Chemex with the filters. After making a pot or two and getting the mix right I have found this thing to be amazing. The coffee tastes exactly like it does at the shop. While I am not nearly the coffee scientist as so many people are who are offering commentary on this website, I believe it is a combination of the filter and the temperature of the water that makes this coffee so good. Since I really don't care what the experts say, I get the brewing water up to a full rolling 212 degree boil. I then pour in about 8 ounces to let the grounds "bloom", which I think is a fancy word for saturate with water so the coffee leeches out from the ground bean effectively, and allow that water to drip through. I then add 12 ounces at a time out of a pyrex measuring cup until its done dripping though.
THIS IS THE BEST CUP OF HOME COFFEE I HAVE EVER MADE AT HOME AND I HAVE NO FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHEMEX COFFEE MAKER COMPANY.
The glass caraffe and wooden holder has a natural feel and look and is very attractive.
1) You need to set up the pot, boil the water, maually pour it in to the drip cone. This takes time and if you are the person who wakes up to a pot all ready made because you are in a hurry, this maybe isn't for you. If you get excited about the process and the aroma and can baby sit this thing for 10-12 minutes while you are getting excited for your coffee, this is what you have been waiting for all your life.
2) Needs a thermal caraffe to keep the coffee hot for long periods. We use the caraffe from our current thermal coffee maker which works fine.
Now go out and buy one and never have to buy another coffee maker ever. This thing is the Sham Wow of coffee pots!!! You can quote me on that.
Bought it at a local specialty shop, $40. Extremely reasonable compared to some of the outrageuos prices out there.