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jaybar
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Posted Sun Jul 8, 2012, 3:15pm
Subject: Do I really need more than one chemex?
 

Hi

is there a compelling reason to have more than one chemex?  Currently, I have both the eight cup glass handle and hand blown 8 cup. Are these redundant? The eight cup hand blown is really closer to the ten cup classic model. Neither function well for the small nuber of times I want a singel 12 ounce serving or can this be done?

Jay
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frank828
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Posted Sun Jul 8, 2012, 3:32pm
Subject: Re: Do I really need more than one chemex?
 

you own both so you're probably best suited to answer your own question.
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Posted Sun Jul 8, 2012, 3:43pm
Subject: Re: Do I really need more than one chemex?
 

Would a six cup be better suited ?


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Posted Sun Jul 8, 2012, 3:46pm
Subject: Re: Do I really need more than one chemex?
 

For me, if I just want a cup or two, I get much better results using a brewer that is much closer to the desired volume. YMMV.
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frank828
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Posted Sun Jul 8, 2012, 3:49pm
Subject: Re: Do I really need more than one chemex?
 

bekeld Said:

For me, if I just want a cup of two, I get much better results using a brewer that is much closer to the desired volume. YMMV.

Posted July 8, 2012 link

this is what i do.  i'll usually go for the clever or the v60 if im making coffee for one.
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Posted Mon Jul 9, 2012, 7:22am
Subject: Re: Do I really need more than one chemex?
 

If I found myself in your shoes, I'd probably look to swap the 8 cup handled model for a 6 cup. It safely brews a full liter of coffee, but is still useful for half as much, or even less. The same filters will fit, and you could even get a KONE or a nice cloth filter for changing things up a bit.

I find the 3 cup awkward, but some folks have great luck with it.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 9, 2012, 7:52am
Subject: Re: Do I really need more than one chemex?
 

What do you mean by not functioning well?

I have the hand blown vintage 8 cup.  I put 2 cups of water (6 oz each), then took a Marks a Lot and drew a line so that I would know what volume I was aiming at, for future reference.

I use 2 scoops of medium ground coffee, wet the filter and heat Chemex with boiling water.  Use a Paico kettle for slow pour over.

Stop pouring when I see coffee brew to the line I drew. (I drew another line for 4 six ounce cups, for company)

Perfect coffee all the time.

I'm not sure what could go wrong?  Coffee not hot enough?  Or strong enough?  All that easily adjusted.

I have a recent model 8 cup that I never use:  so I guess the answer is that one needs only ONE Chemex!
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