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Chemex Drip Device - Rick Strong's Review
Posted: May 6, 2007, 6:44am
review rating: 5.3
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Arrow The Chemex Drip Device has 33 Reviews
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Doug Wiebe 8.71
Donald Blum 8.55
Dee Ann Abel 8.33
Dave Kernen 8.00
James Owen 7.71

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Product Reviewed: 13-Cup Handblown
Manufacturer: Chemex Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $79.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chemex Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Ancient Chemex, Melitta drip, various Mr. Coffee, Capresso MT500
Bottom Line: The Chemex is hands down the best coffee maker I have ever worked with. No moving parts, no electricity, no plastic, just glass, filter paper, coffee and water, and the best coffee I've ever made.
Positive Product Points
  • Great coffee
  • Simple
  • Inexpensive
  • Beautiful
Negative Product Points
  • Glass, a bit delicate
  • Cleaning is a little awkward
  • Will not keep coffee hot for hours without additional help (warmer, carafe)
  • Manual drip process is a bit tedious (but on balance well worth it)
Detailed Commentary

I am in love with my Chemex. I used one exclusively many years ago and had fond memories of it, but in the last few years I moved to electric drip machines for the convenience, finally ending up with a Capresso MT500, which after six months or so of experimentation finally gave me a fairly consistent pot of very decent hot coffee.

A few weeks ago the Capresso finally needed to go back to the factory for some work, and I pulled out my Chemex 13-pot handblown maker as a temporary substitute. OMG. What a revelation. It was the best coffee I had made since I last used my Chemex. The coffee is hot, strong, clear, and has no bitter taste. I can taste the difference in varietal coffees again. The caffeine buzz is more pronounced as well (big plus for me as a parent with 2 full time careers.) Every morning I hear "Great coffee!" from my audience.

It does require more attention, since you have to boil the water and pour it by hand. Also, I find that I end up pouring the first two cups, then saving the rest in a thermal carafe or Thermos. Minor details considering the results.

I noticed recently on their website that there is now a model with an integrated glass handle, which does away with their standard wood and rawhide arrangement. I imagine this would simplify cleanup a bit.

Buying Experience

I bought directly from Chemex. The experience was painless, simple, and direct.

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