Our brewer of choice at our retail locations. The Chemex looks beautiful sitting on the counter, provides a longer dwell time for the bed of coffee than other pour over brewers, and the coarser grind gives us a very full cup. Made entirely of borosilicate glass, this brewer will not easily break due to thermal shock. It's easy to clean and will not absorb any unpleasant odors or tastes over time.
The Chemex brewer is residing in the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
What roast is your coffee?
We roast to a profile unique to each coffee which is designed to highlight the natural flavors of the bean while emphasizing sweetness and balanced acidity. On the spectrum of "typical roast" levels we would generally be in the medium to medium light on all coffees.
Do you offer ground coffee?
We do not. One of the best ways to brew really excellent coffee is to grind within 30 minutes of brewing. You'd be surprised the difference this makes, and our rule of thumb is grinding fresh on a very cheap grinder is better than pre-grinding on a very nice grinder.
Why is your coffee so expensive?
Really excellent coffee is picked by hand, and goes through multiple sorting processes and methods to improve quality. The higher number of processes involved in removing defects, underripe beans, and damaged beans the higher the amount of labor and the lower the yield from the farm. The extra work and higher amount of bad coffee removed is the primary reason for the increase in price.
Secondarily, we are trying to increase the amount farmers can earn for their coffee. We need to prove to them and their children (most importantly) that they can make a good living growing coffee. If this doesn't happen more and more farms will stop producing when children move to the city because of the low incomes in the coffee industry.