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Does anyone own a Chemex?

I am soooooo close to buying one, but would like to hear what people think of it.

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Dave Farr replied on Fri, Jan 16 2015 1:31 PM

leosgonewild:

Does anyone own a Chemex?

I am soooooo close to buying one, but would like to hear what people think of it.

I haven't come across this one before so just had a quick look on Amazon where it gets rave reviews.  Tempted myself now!

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It is the "james Bond"-way, he uses one in on of the movies :P

I have read some different opinions on it.

The Chemex Ottomatic looks nice also (automatic process, basically a moccamaster). But pretty heafty priced..

 

Reason I am asking is that the coffee my Nescafe Dolce Gusto I got for christmas taste like horse´s ass.

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Paul W replied on Fri, Jan 16 2015 1:58 PM

Hi Leo,

You could try a Nespresso. Very good espresso for less than £100 for the machine. I'm a HUGE coffee fan and the Roma & Ristretto taste pretty decent!

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I have my stove-top maker for espresso :)

Want something for regular coffee.

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Paul W replied on Fri, Jan 16 2015 2:04 PM

OK - Nespresso is better suited for espresso, although I have friends that use 2 capsules to make longer drinks but thats a very expensive way to do it - 60p a cup.

When I make regular coffee, usually after mountain biking to warm up, I use a plunger type cafetierre with Doug Egberts Espresso. I like it :)

Best of luck with your findings :)

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Mark replied on Fri, Jan 16 2015 7:03 PM
found this on Chemex and other brewing methods...... https://bluebottlecoffee.com/preparation-guides

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Chris replied on Fri, Jan 16 2015 8:10 PM

This is my all-day machine, hand built in Holland. 

http://www.moccamaster.eu

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Great link, Mark!

I usually make cold brew for ice-coffee in the summer, but I hav used a different method. Tha link went straight to my book-marks :)

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Mark replied on Mon, Jan 19 2015 7:53 PM
Chris:

This is my all-day machine, hand built in Holland.

http://www.moccamaster.eu

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Chris thanks for sharing this, just watched all the YouTube videos and have read the reviews ....

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Chris replied on Mon, Jan 19 2015 8:15 PM

Mark, 

Its a great machine, especially if you're using this filter from Swissgold: http://www.swissgold.com/e/coffee.php

Superb with the Mocamaster, gives you the best filter-coffee ever.

 

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I am no the proud owner of a Chemex Smile And I have no idea what I am doing Stick out tongue

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Mark replied on Tue, Jan 20 2015 9:48 AM

please give us a "roadtest" leosgonewild....

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Dave Farr replied on Tue, Jan 20 2015 11:53 AM

leosgonewild:

I am no the proud owner of a Chemex Smile And I have no idea what I am doing Stick out tongue

Which one have you bought?  On reading your earlier post about the Chemex, I ordered one as a gift for my wife - as she loves coffee more than I do. No sexism intended!  I ordered the 8 cup version (I think - maybe the 6 cup.  I'll see when it arrives).

Feedback on the use would be great.

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I have written my review twice, but it doesn't post? Is it being reviewed by moderators??
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tournedos replied on Tue, Jan 20 2015 6:16 PM

leosgonewild:
I have written my review twice, but it doesn't post? Is it being reviewed by moderators??

Nope - I have no idea what the problem might be. As far as I remember, the forum software tells you explicitly if a post ends up in the moderation queue.

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I'll write it again a bit later tonight then. And save it in a document before posting Stick out tongue
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I bought the 6-cup Chemex simply  because I think that the 3-cup has a odd shape, plus it looks to small to do the proper pour-over.

My first try was kind of a disaster. Coffee was way to thin, and I did´t get the pour-over right.

This morning I managed to make a decent cup of coffee. One thing is for sure, and that is that this has a learning-curve. And it requires the right equipment. I am pouring from a glass bottle, I need to get something that has a proper during-tip. I might buy the chemed water kettle, but it is fairly expensive.

I have seen many videos with instructions on ho to brew with a Chemex, and this one is the one i think explains it the best. (except I think he pours too much at the beginning when he wants it to bloom, it is running coffee into the bottom)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrcH-4wHK9w

 

I am used to quite heavy/thick coffee. Drinking Chemed-brew is a very different experience. The coffee is very thin, very water-like. It is not bitter at all. I have to experiment with different dosage of coffee (today I used two scoops with 2,5dl water, because my weight was out of battery).

 

What I do love with this method is the build-up of expectation... Grinding the beans, heating the water, rinsing the filter, waiting for the coffee to bloom, swirling the coffee around in the Chemed before during it into the cup, all the smells before-under-and-during the process. It is like going through your record-collection, the way you prepare yourself for music.

 

I´ll write some more impressions when I have used it more Big Smile

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Chris replied on Tue, Jan 20 2015 8:11 PM

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(except I think he pours too much at the beginning when he wants it to bloom, it is running coffee into the bottom)

Chemex & taste: Its all about the grinding!

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Dave Farr replied on Tue, Jan 27 2015 12:12 PM

leosgonewild:
What I do love with this method is the build-up of expectation... Grinding the beans, heating the water, rinsing the filter, waiting for the coffee to bloom, swirling the coffee around in the Chemed before during it into the cup, all the smells before-under-and-during the process. It is like going through your record-collection, the way you prepare yourself for music.

Thanks to Leo's post suggesting the Chemex, I too yesterday received the 6 cup version, 100 filter papers and a Japanese 'Hario' ceramic burr mill (MSCS-2), all bought via Amazon.UK.

My wife is the real coffee drinker but Leo is right about the process.  Smell the roast beans, measure into the grinder, slowly grind them and then the whole process with the Chemex.  It's not a fast cup of coffee and although admittedly we did use quite old beans, the coffee was excellent.  New beans from Nepal are arriving soon from a family member so we'll try with those too.

The grinder is superb and very solid and well thought out for storing the ground coffee that you don't use, producing fine or medium grind depending on the adjustment and they are very even in size.  The older beans are harder to grind and for my big hands, holding the grinder was awkward but it's very good quality.

I think we did quite well and got the process right (we forgot to rinse the paper first) but didn't notice any 'paper flavour'.  The bloom was good and we only had a few drops of coffee appear during it.  The pour worked well and as I say, the coffee was great.  Well worth the investment.

Dave.

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Care to share your measurements? Smile

How much water do you poor into the coffee for the bloom?
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Dave Farr replied on Tue, Jan 27 2015 4:17 PM

leosgonewild:
Care to share your measurements? Smile

 

How much water do you poor into the coffee for the bloom?

I don't measure it.  I just pour it all over the grounds very slowly until it is completely wet and liquid just starts to come through the paper.  I don't think you can measure this bit as it will depend on the bean, the grind etc.  It seems to be the motion of the pouring so that you get even and complete wetting.  I've just made some actually and used a pyrex measuring jug with a fine spout to pour the water.

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Mark replied on Fri, Apr 17 2015 2:53 PM

when not drinking coffee I do like to sit back with a cold beer and listen to music... 

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elephant replied on Fri, Apr 17 2015 9:58 PM
I have had a bad spell cold / man flu.

Now into week 5.

So I have taken to drinking tea daily.

And to replace my three strong lattes a day I have a single piccolo every two or three days.

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Mark replied on Sat, Apr 18 2015 8:20 AM
get well soon elephant ....

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Jeff replied on Sat, Apr 18 2015 5:54 PM

elephant:
I have had a bad spell cold / man flu.

 

Now into week 5.

 

 

So I have taken to drinking tea daily.

 

 

And to replace my three strong lattes a day I have a single piccolo every two or three days.

 

 

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Sorry to hear that! If it's anything like the flu that came thru hear I can sympathize, at lest 3 weeks actively sick and then a couple of weeks of hacking and wheezing until the symptoms finally go away. Unfortunately my doc has told me to eliminate caffeine, which is actually helping control headaches (migraines) but finding a decent tasting decaff coffee is tough. I've been using Peet's Major Dickason's Blend which is OK, but sitting drinking no caff coffee in the morning is, well, in a way kind of like watching sex as opposed to being a participant...not exactly the same is it?

 

 

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When I have the flu, I don't feel like wanting coffee and having Embarrassed 'you know what' - it's that simple!

When the 'need for these things' come back, I know that I am on my way to recover Stick out tongue

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elephant replied on Sun, Apr 19 2015 1:24 AM
Millemissen:

When I have the flu, I don't feel like wanting coffee and having 'you know what' - it's that simple!

When the 'need for these things' come back, I know that I am on my way to recover

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elephant replied on Sun, Apr 19 2015 6:00 AM
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get well soon elephant ....

Thanks Mark ... Today's piccolo next to the wife's latte

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valve1 replied on Sun, Apr 19 2015 6:31 AM

Jeff:
Unfortunately my doc has told me to eliminate caffeine,

 A morning without a nice coffee  Crying

Get a new doctor !

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valve1:

Jeff:
Unfortunately my doc has told me to eliminate caffeine,

 A morning without a nice coffee  Crying

Get a new doctor !

Get well soon!

I've just bought a pair of smaller cups to go with my mountain bike with a view to reducing our Lavazza triple shots to a macchiato now and again!

(The smaller one )


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Jeff replied on Sun, Apr 19 2015 4:34 PM

Simonbeo:

valve1:

Jeff:
Unfortunately my doc has told me to eliminate caffeine,

 A morning without a nice coffee  Crying

Get a new doctor !

Get well soon!

I've just bought a pair of smaller cups to go with my mountain bike with a view to reducing our Lavazza triple shots to a macchiato now and again!

(The smaller one )

Thanks for the good wishes! As for changing docs, well, unfortunately what he has suggested, dropping caffeine, has definitely improved the migraines. I used to get rebound headaches from the morning caffeine every late afternoon or early evening which put me down for the count. Now that doesn't happen, so it's eliminated a lot of headaches, so as much as I hate to admit it the doc apparently knows what he's doing!Stick out tongue I also seem to sleep better at night. So if you're bothered by late afternoon/evening headaches I'd say give this a try. I was chicken, knowing how bad the headaches are when in withdrawal, so I went off caffeine slowly, first full strength, then 80/20, then 60/40, etc. Did each for about 3 or 4 days, no withdrawal issues.

Getting old is not for sissies.

I do miss the caffeine jolt in the morning though. Since I'm retired there's usually nothing I need to be up and awake for at any particular hour, if I was still working this would really be tough. And decaf just does not satisfy as much with respect to taste. I watched Alton Brown's Good Eats show on coffee and he pointed out that to meet the same price points while paying for the cost of decaffeinating the beans they wind up using cheaper coffee beans, so in addition to any damage the process causes to the flavor, starting out with cheaper beans makes it even worse. So far I've found that true.

Today we were out of my Peet's coffee, so we had a container of Folger's decaf my mother-in-law had given us. Dreadful, I mean totally awful. Bitter without it being a good bitter, if you understand. A dark roast coffee will be a tad bitter, but complex and earthy tasting, this was just bitter and flat tasting. I guess paying the additional price for Peet's makes up for some of the things Alton Brown talked about, it's better beans than the mass market stuff even if not as grand as you can get.

 

 

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Thepuma replied on Sun, Apr 19 2015 9:16 PM

Has anyone got a scanomat topbrewer?  See http://www.scanomat.com/int/topbrewer/introduction

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Dave Farr replied on Sun, Apr 19 2015 9:41 PM

Thepuma:

Has anyone got a scanomat topbrewer?  See http://www.scanomat.com/int/topbrewer/introduction

Starting price of £5,000!  It looks really nice but the video only shows you endless cups being poured (and a nice pair of legs at about 2 mins 20 secs - a bit of a Sharon Stone moment).  It shows nothing about how it is installed, refilled, cleaned, maintained etc.  The stand alone unit is large so I guess an enormous amount of cupboard space is needed for this.  Great in Hotels etc but I'm not sure for home use unless you're loaded.  Very nice looking system though.

Dave.

 

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Thepuma replied on Sun, Apr 19 2015 10:01 PM

The system works out about £8k and takes up a normal 600ml unit I believe.  Nice looking system which I would go for if I was convinced that it was reliable but I have heard rumours that it is not.  An extended warranty is circa £1,200 pa which further suggests that it is going to be unreliable.  Which is a real shame because it is the best looking system I have come across.  Just wondered if anyone else had tried it and could reassure me.

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elephant replied on Sat, Apr 25 2015 4:59 AM
We used to have a "B&O in the wild" thread but I could not find it (old site's Fora maybe?) so I chose this thread as I spotted this B&O embedded in the wallpaper of the local coffee shop.

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It's Saturday . Using the Starck Alessi cups for the morning coffee.


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elephant replied on Sat, Apr 25 2015 1:23 PM
Interesting Simon .... does it improve the taste ?

(( serious question btw ! ))

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