~ A coffee brewing classic ~
Where did it come from? The Chemex was invented in 1941 by chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm. A prolific inventor and a fascinating fellow, he held over 300 registered patents in his lifetime, many of which made quite the statement in reputable museum antiquity.
How do you use it? With a long history of good coffee brewing squarely behind it, the method of pourover brewing using a Chemex hasn't changed all that much. There are plenty of tutorials online already, so we'll let our friends at Peace Coffee, Temple Coffee, PT's Coffee or the good folks at Chemex themeselves help you out there - grind size, pouring technique, and delicious results await.
The Chemex company has been family owned for the last 30 years, and Sprudge took a behind-the-scenes tour last year before the White House placed an order for a batch of the brewers etched with the presedential seal. The President takes his coffee in a history-meets-hipster fashion these days, and we're proud to grace our home brew bars with such relevant quintessence.
The Chemex is unique in its combination of iconic longevity and third wave coffeehouse relevancy. Other brew methods haven't enjoyed this attention-catching parallel, and artists like Department of Brewology have celebrated the artful singularity with prints, apparel and cafe tributes. Our team frequently brews up morning cups of the latest Caffeine Crawl beans using our own Chemexes, and among other things, they make for some stellar Instagram shots. ;) Tell us what you love most about your Chemex in the comments!
Cheers ~ Sadie