A Chemex is more than just a coffee maker -- it is a coffee brewing experience!
Positive Product Points
Simple To Use Great for Camping! Allows you to experience the 'blossom' of fresh home-roasted coffee Brews some of the best coffee you'll ever have Looks great on the counter
Negative Product Points
Requires a little attentiveness during the brewing process to make sure the water level does not go too low. Brewed coffee temperature quickly cools due to heat loss through the glass - I'd suggest pouring into a thermal carafe immediately after brewing.
This product's simplicity is just as amazing as its effectiveness. This unit is capable of brewing the "god pot" of coffee. The Chemex filter paper really does allow the coffee extracts to fully pass through, while maintaining an even brewing time.
I use an 8 cup model, and I have found that the longer brewing time can cause the finished pot of coffee to cool a little more than I care for. My solution to this problem has been to return the water back to the heat source between pours into the Chemex. This keeps the water closer to the optimal 190-205 degree temperature for the 2nd and sometimes 3rd pour into the filtercone.
I have obtained best results by keeping the filter at least half full of water during the pour. Always pour additional water into the center of the cone. If you pour too close to the edges, the grounds could be washed to the bottom of the cone, clogging the filter, and over-extending the brewing time. This, of course, produces over extracted coffee, but also allows the already brewed coffee to cool down even more.
Although I use it often at home, the Chemex is awesome for camping. There is nothing better than brewing in a Chemex at the crack of dawn in the great outdoors. I use it for hunting camp. Picture six men with glazed over eyes and empty coffee cups huddled around the camp stove in the dark watching near boiling water being poured over grounds. Somehow, coffee tastes even better outside.
Purchased from a retailer who was no longer going to stock this product. Nothing special about the purchase.
Three Month Followup
Still producing some of the best coffee I've ever had.