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Chemex Classic 6-cup (30 oz) Coffee Maker

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$36.95

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Quick Overview

The Chemex Classic Coffee Maker is the epitome of simplicity--there are no parts to plug in and no settings to program. This inventive coffee preparation features the most chemically correct method for brewing a robust cup of coffee. The Chemex carafe with a wooden collar and tie is constructed from heat-resistant glass and does not absorb odors or chemical residues. It provides a clean extraction for your daily dose of caffeine.
Chemex Classic 6-cup (30oz) Coffee Maker

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The Chemex Classic Coffee Maker is the epitome of simplicity--there are no parts to plug in and no settings to program. This inventive coffee preparation features the most chemically correct method for brewing a robust cup of coffee. The Chemex carafe with a wooden collar and tie is constructed from heat-resistant glass and does not absorb odors or chemical residues. It provides a clean extraction for your daily dose of caffeine.


A Note About Coffee & Cups

Let us break it down for you: Although 8 ounces equals a cup in the baking world, a US cup of coffee is measured at 6 ounces and a European cup of coffee is measured at 4.25 ounces. This is why we sometimes list ounces to paint a more accurate picture of capacity. And what do you know--The Chemex instructions measure coffee in 5 ounce cups--go figure!

Pros
  • Well Designed - A sophisticated glass and wood design, with a scientific pedigree to boot!
  • High Quality - The iconic one-piece, hourglass shaped vessel is made of high quality, heat resistant glass and ecologically sustainable rubber wood.
  • Low Tech, High Flavor - Incredibly easy to operate, no steep learning curve to master before you create a superior cup of coffee.
Cons
  • Fragile - Glass products including this coffee maker require a little extra care to ensure they do not break.
Ease of Use 5
Ease of Care and Maintenance 5
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare?

The Chemex Classic 6-Cup Coffee maker is a brewer and a server in one, not separate like a Hario product.

Tips and Tricks

We suggest trying different filters to see if it effects flavor.

Width 5.375 inches
Height 8.375 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 4.0000
Material Glass
Manufacturer Chemex

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Chemex Classic 6-cup (30 oz) Coffee Maker
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Kristen M asked: Can you use normal filters with this? I want to buy one for my boyfriend, but (for him) routinely buying specialty filters is out of the question. If so, what size would work? Jul 16, 2014
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Barbara E: I have tried using smaller filters, different from the special ones, and it did not work out very well. But I was happy to see that I could get them at Pete's coffee. Honestly, Amazon emails me and tells me to order them when I am running out, so it isn't really an issue for me.

I think that Hario makes one with a reusable filter, and I don't think that it is that much more expensive.
Jul 16, 2014
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martha R: I think the big reason the coffee is so much better than that made in different ways is the Chemed filter but I have on occasion used other kinds. The size depends a four would probably be best. Best to get him a supply of Chemex folders to last. There is a cloth type filter available at some stores that might work better than using another paper brand. Good luck. Martha Jul 17, 2014
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Zach W: Personally I wouldn't use regular filters. It's going to mess up the extraction. Something that might work though would be if you got the metal filter that you can buy for the Chemex. It would fix the problem with him buying special filters (because it is reusable) and a lot of people prefer the cup that the metal filter makes over paper for the Chemex. Jul 18, 2014
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Edward G: Hello!
You probably won't be able to use other coffee filters as they are very thin and the neck opening is too large to hold them when filled with wet coffee grounds.
The Chemex filters are especially designed for that reason.
I do love the taste of coffee brewed in my Chemex and highly recommend it!
Jul 17, 2014
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Christina T: Hmmmm I'm not sure if you can use normal coffee filters. They're not the right shape. We bought a box of the chemex ones. But maybe your grocery store would have something that would work. The filters are cone shaped. Hope this helps! Jul 16, 2014
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CA M: I've tried others, like the standard round pleated, but they don't work as well. The paper isn't as stiff and it wants to fold in on itself. You can use them in a pinch if you use care the entire time, but . . . . Jul 16, 2014
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Jan J: Well, my local grocery store carries this style of filter. It may not be called Chemex, but it's the same shape and size.. It's a #4 cone filter, I think. Double-check though before you send boyfriend to store. Jul 16, 2014
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Elizabeth F: I think the Chemex makes amazing coffee. I did use Chemex filters with it. I never tried any other. I could imagine Melita filters would work. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Jul 16, 2014
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Lori W: Yes, you could buy cone filters at the grocery. The 8 cup would work. Jul 17, 2014
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Jeff E: Not using the Chemex filters defeats the whole point... Jul 16, 2014
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A shopper asked: How do you clean it?
How easy is it to get access inside the hourglass neck?
May 18, 2014
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Armour F M: I use a dish brush with a long handle. I've kept one around my sink for my entire adult life. The mouth of the coffee maker is wide enough to accept one of those. Furthermore, take the wooden collar (in two pieces) off before you wash the coffee pot. The leather lace that you tie it on with will dry out and become brittle when it's constantly immersed then dries and immersed then dries. I used to work leather, so I have spare laces, but most people don't and it's getting harder and harder to find stuff like that in "hobby shops." FWIW, if you squirt a drop or two of dish soap into your coffee maker and fill it with warm to hot water and let it sit overnight, most coffee rings or sediment lines will dissolve and a swish rinse will leave it clean..

I don't consider that to be too much work, when I consider what I go through to keep a superautomatic espresso machine clean inside as well as out.

We all go to some lengths for a great tasting coffee, from the beans we choose to our brewing choices... for me, when I want a coffee, it's worth it, and so is Seattle Coffee Gear!
May 19, 2014
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Barbara E: I find it very easy to clean. I use a bottle brush to wash it out daily. I try not to use too much soap so that I don't have to rinse a lot. The trickiest part is keeping the leather strap from getting wet. So when I wash the glass I remove the leather and wood, which is very easy to do as well.

I have been using mine for over a year and I love it!
May 19, 2014
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James L: I put it in the dishwasher and it's been perfectly fine. Otherwise it can just be soaked in warm soapy water. It does develop a darker shade of color if not washed as a result of the coffee but it doesn't bother me so I don't clean it all that often besides for a rinse. May 19, 2014
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Zach W: I can't get my hands through the neck, but you don't need to. All you need to do for cleaning is after you finished using it, pour leftover hot water in it, swirl it around, and then store it upside-down on a towel to dry. May 19, 2014
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Edward G: Greetings!

We rinse the Chemex out after each use, but periodically wash it out using a narrow bottle brush. That seems to be the best way to get it really clean.

Good luck and good coffee!
May 19, 2014
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Christopher C: For the most part, rinsing it out with hot water after use works. Then maybe once every couple weeks or so you can deep clean it by soaking the inside with purocaff and hot water. This has worked for me May 19, 2014
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CA M: Since you bought the one with a wooden neck, you must wash it by hand without immersing it. Water on the wood will ruin it. Thus you wash it as well as you can and then wipe the wood. May 19, 2014
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Jeff E: If you rinse the device immediately following each use, deep scrubbing is unnecessary. I have used mine hundreds of times without scrubbing once. May 19, 2014
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johnny w: I'm sure to always rinse it as soon as I'm finished, but had to find a bottle brush to do a thorough cleaning May 19, 2014
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Christina T: A bottle brush works great! No problems at all. May 19, 2014
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DeAngelo C asked: How would you describe the flavor when the coffee from this chemex is made with top-quality fresh ground coffee beans? Feb 5, 2014
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Armour F M: Well, this probably won't make you happy. I smoked for 45 years, heavily, and when I quit on 01/01/2011 (and stayed quit, right up to this day; with no one around me poisoning the air with second hand smoke), my taste buds weren't all that acute.. They still aren't.

To me, when it's brewed in a gold filter or in a paper filter that hasn't been treated with calcium to make it "white", fresh well roasted, not overroasted, shade-grown coffee, from the kind of beans I got to have coffee from when I was growing up in Colombia, it's GOOD COFFEE.

I can't wax all "foodie" or "coffeehead" about esters or hints of fruit or smoke or something like that, because I have NEVER EVER in my life tasted any such thing. Good coffee isn't bitter, though it may not be sugarysweet. It has a "coffee" smell to it, NEVER a burned smell. It may have oils and esters in it but it doesn't taste *oily. It needn't be brewed so strong it'll stand a hammer and a bag of nails upright in it. In fact it shouldn't be overpowering. It should be just right.

I'm sorry if this doesn't make you happy. That's the taste a good freshly roasted, relatively freshly harvested bean coffee is going to taste like if brewed through either a gold or a natural paper filter with clean water (filtered if necessary) into a Chemex pot

I hope, if you acquire a pot, you enjoy the little bit of 'ceremony" that brewing some coffee into it will bring you, and that the taste is worth tuning out the world for a few minutes just to think pleasant and calming thoughts before going on with your day.
Feb 6, 2014
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DeAngelo C: Thanks for typing all that. I just randomly asked this question with no purpose, and I get awesomeness. Feb 16, 2014
Jeff E: It depends on the coffee of course, but I would say the Chemex makes for a complex cup of coffee that really brings out the innate characteristics of the bean brewed. The filter makes for a very clean cup that will be much lighter bodied than a french press but heavier bodied than an automatic drip machine. A Hario V60 will be lighter bodied and sweeter, as it filters faster than this Chemex maker. The Chemex is a slow drip and this enhances the body and brings out the complexity of the bean. It makes a great cup of coffee. Feb 6, 2014
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Tim H: IMO, the flavor of the coffee stays the same, but I find the body of the coffee to be a bit lighter, which makes for a cleaner cup of coffee.

If you're into wine, I'd be like going from a Merlot (heavy body) to a Cab Sauv (medium body).

I'm not really a coffee tasting/bean expert, so take that into consideration as well.
Feb 6, 2014
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Christina T: The Chemex is amazing! The flavor is fabulous, even without top-quality beans. We use freshly ground beans from Costco, and love it! The chemex makes strong coffee, so if don't like it strong, it may not be the best purchase for you. I have nothing negative to say about the Chemex. We love it so much! Feb 7, 2014
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Edward G: We hand-grind our beans each time before making coffee and we find that the Chemex improves the flavor no matter the brand or type of beans. The coffee comes out smooth and not bitter. We highly recommend the Chemex. Feb 6, 2014
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Jason F: It really highlights the flavor and removes acidity. However, the brewing method is time involving so I only use the Chemex on weekends and use my french press on work days. Feb 6, 2014
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Gabrielle D: I am unable to make Coffey in your Chemex as I am unable to fine Filters in the open market for it. Thus I am disappointed in your product here in the USA Feb 6, 2014
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Teri KStaff: I am sorry you are disappointed, but we have filters for the Chemex available here:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/chemex-pre-folded-circle-filter Feb 6, 2014
martha R: The Chemex pot makes the best coffee I have ever tasted. I received one of the querig coffee makers but it can't compare with chemex. Feb 11, 2014
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Charles G asked: Will the flavor be affected if I buy a 6-cup but routinely brew just about 3 cups worth? I'd prefer to have the 6-cup for company but am curious if using it for smaller batches will affect the flavor too much. Jul 9, 2012
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victoria l: Nope! It sure won't, just make sure to add the correct amount of grounds to water ratio and you should be just fine! Unless you like it a bit stronger..
I brew anywhere from 3 to the full 6 and every time it's consistent and delicious. There are tons of helpful videos on YouTube you can check out and find your own unique brewing method. Lot's of great tips and tricks on there (i.e., adding a pinch of salt to dry grounds for better flavor), another tip is to heat up your milk/creamer before pouring your coffee, it stays warm this way instead of going cold from the milk. I highly recommend watching those videos, I've learned so much myself! Hope this helps! :D
Jul 12, 2012
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CA M: Charles, I just bought the six cup unit, and I can't imagine making a smaller batch making a difference. Coffee and water are joined by percentages. As long as you adjust the measures in direct proportion there should be no problem. Jul 31, 2012
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johnny w: No problem, I routinely make 1-2 cups and they taste fine to me. Aug 27, 2012
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Mike H: Charles, I am no expert like a lot of others in this group but I am using my 6 cup Chemex for 10 oz and up to 30 oz and I cannot tell the difference in the coffee. However, you need to make sure you are following the brew instructions exactly - 30 second bloom and 4 minute brew to get the full flavor. I found I really need a drip kettle to ensure I am getting all the grounds brewed correctly - I found it made a huge quality difference and the drip kettle made the entire process much easier. Aug 20, 2012
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Mollie: Where do you find a drip kettle? Are there certain brands or is it just a generic type? thanks. Mar 28, 2013
Thomas asked: Does anyone know where to get a smaller Chemex coffee maker- the individual size? We have a small kitchen and only make a cup a day. THANKS Dec 6, 2012
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Teri KStaff: Hi Thom,

Check back with us soon-- marketing is considering adding additional sizes of the Chemex to our product offering! Other options for single cups would be the Hario or Kalita dripper, or the Hario Drip Pot. Hope this helps!
Dec 6, 2012
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Warranty Information for the Chemex Classic 6-Cup Coffee Maker

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Manufacturer's defects for Chemex Classic and Glass-Handles Coffee Makers

Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Chemex
Warranty Contact Information: 800.243.6399
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No

Caring for the Chemex Classic 6-Cup Coffee Maker

Hand wash as needed with hot water and soap.


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Very smooth, very delicious coffee. I've been enjoying a french press for years but I love Chemex coffee even more. Thanks!

(Posted on 4/20/13)

Can't wait to get my cup of coffee in the morning

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We love our Chemex, we thought we made the best coffee before until we drank coffee from the Chemex. A very smooth delicious cup of coffee. Did a blind taste test at a dinner party and hands down Chemex coffee was chosen over our old way of brewing.

(Posted on 11/6/12)

Excellent cup of coffee

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Love the Chemex, we thought we were drinking good coffee until we bought the Chemex. We did a blind taste comparison against our usual brew method and picked the chemex. We then had a group of people over and did the same blind taste test against our old brew method and they all picked the Chemex coffee. Hands down a better cup of coffee, smooth, velvety, and very delicious.

(Posted on 11/4/12)

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