This weekend I had my first cup of chemex-brewed coffee. Delicious! I used freshly ground Kenya AA beans, and the result was the best coffee I’ve had in years. No giant step from my usual coffee making – which used to be a plastic filter holder placed on top of a cup – but a lot more refined. And hey, with the clean mid-centrury modern design – a blond leather band corseting the hourglass curves, it’s so stylish! Verdict: Chemex is found well worthy of its hype.
Invented in 1941 by German doctor of Chemistry Peter Schlumbohm, recognized as one of the best-designed items of modern times in the 50s, and honoured a place in the permanent collection of e.g. the Museum Of Modern Art, this retro piece is both spendid American design and excellent functionality. Schlumbohm is actually quoted saying “with the Chemex, even a moron can make good coffee.” I think it’s true! and maybe he had his hunches this invention would be ultra-trendy in the capital of a land far far away (Sweden) in the end of year 2011, at its 70th birthday :)
Update Nov 30th: I just noticed Anthropologie now has Chemex’s in their range! I guess it isn’t only Stockholm trendiness, then. It’s a wave.