Guest Post: The Chemex Coffeemaker

Guest Post: The Chemex Coffeemaker

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 14, 2006

(Checking back with San Francisco! Welcome to Kristin, a guest poster from the town where everyone leaves their heart. She's trying out for the editor's role. Comment away.)

The Chemex coffeemaker, designed in 1941 by Bauhaus influenced chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, sits in the permanent collection at the MOMA. This graceful object clearly has mid-century classic credentials.

But look again. The combination of glass and wood, as well as it's undulating form, give it organic contemporary cachet as well. Looks great on your stove and your dining table. (Can we really say that for the Braun coffeemaker carafe?). It also makes great coffee. Check out these brewing tips.

The hand blown series is available online at
and runs $56 - $76, and includes a sweet, slimmer 3 cupper and a gorgeous water kettle which I just added to my wish list. The non hand blown series runs $33-$36. I've never had one, but the glass lids at $5.50 seem like a good idea.

I got my Chemex at a yard sale for $2 (not hand blown, I confess), so keep a lookout. For me, a Chemex carries a cozy evocation of childhood and still goes with the furniture. - Kristin A.

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