Best way to get a good cup of coffee at home with the least amount of hassle.
Positive Product Points
Well designed and built simple cone coffee maker. In that it has been exhibited in art museums I had to give it a high rating for aesthetics! You can control the temperature of the water, the ratio of coffee to water to suit your taste. The only other way to get coffee this good is with a French Press or Vacuum pot. This has no silt as in a French Press and much less production as a vacuum pot. Easy to clean.
Negative Product Points
Chemex filters are hard to find (can get them online). You have to pour coffee into a thermos to keep it warm. They sell a wire mesh to put on a burner, but I'll be darn if I'm going to reheat good coffee on a burner. You have to get the knack of any cone filter, it does take some effort. It takes longer to heat the water seperately.
Manual Drip Filter coffee can be some of the absolute best. You would never know it by the cheap plastic cones that shame most tag sales that you drop by. This glass maker looks good and is easy to clean. I recently saw a food show in which a manual drip maker was shown to be the best way to make good coffee. This was the easiest to follow those directives with. Some people don't like the use of a paper filter, I think it helps remove some bitter elements of the grounds. The chemex fllter is thicker than others, this allows the water to emerse the grounds longer. In the end this maker requires little maintenance, if you ever saw an expensive auto-drip machine needing white vinegar treatments constantly in order to keep the water hot enough, you might look at this method in a new light.
I purchased this at a place called the Mocha Emporium. They were very imformed about the different methods. They had various size and models at varying princes. With the wood collar and rawhide strip, it is trully an attractive item. I ordered a glass cover for it on the chemex website.