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Chemex 8 Cup Coffee Maker - Classic & Glass Handle Styles

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SKU: 8 Cup Chemex
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  • Simple function and visual elegance combine for the optimum extraction of full rich-bodied coffee.
  • This hourglass shaped flask is made entirely of glass, a chemically inert material that does not absorb odors or chemical residues.
  • Capacity: 8 "cups" / 40 ounces
  • Wood Collar Style includes a polished wood collar with leather tie.
  • Glass Handle Style includes a graceful but sturdy glass handle.
  • Has no moving parts and will work forever, unless it is dropped or in some other way destroyed.
  • Also available in 10 cup, 6 cup, and 3 cup volumes.

Brewing instructions:

  1. Open the Chemex-Bonded® Coffee Filter into a cone. One side should have three layers. Place the cone in the top of your coffeemaker with the thick portion toward the pouring spout.
  2. Using Regular or Automatic Grind coffee only, put one rounded tablespoon of coffee per 5 oz. cup into the filter cone. If you prefer stronger coffee, use more; there is never any bitterness in coffee brewed using the Chemex® method.
  3. When the water is boiling, remove it from the heat until it stops boiling vigorously. It should now be at about 200ºF, a perfect brewing temperature. Pour a small amount of water over the coffee grounds, just enough to wet them without floating. This is important because it allows the grounds to "bloom," so the desirable coffee elements can be released.
  4. After this first wetting simply pour more water, soaking the grounds each time, but keeping the water level well below the top of the coffeemaker. Once the desired amount of coffee is brewed, dispose of the spent grounds by lifting the filter out of the coffeemaker. Serve and enjoy.

Recommended starting parameters:

  • 36-42 grams of coffee
  • Medium-coarse grind
  • 600-700 milliliters of water heated to 200-205 degrees
  • 3:30-4:00 brew time
Manufacturer: Chemex
Model: CM-8A or CM-8GH
Width: 5-1/4"
Depth: 5-1/4"
Height: 9"


The Chemex® coffeemaker was invented by chemist Peter J. Schlumbohm, Ph.D., in 1941. Being a doctor of Chemistry, he was very familiar with laboratory apparati and the methods of filtration and extraction. He applied this knowledge when designing his coffeemaker by modifying the laboratory funnel, adding an "air channel" and a pouring spout. He added the "air channel" so the air displaced by the liquid dripping into the vessel could easily escape past the laboratory filter paper. Over the years, these items have been recognized as outstanding examples of American Design. In 1956, the Chemex coffee maker was selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the best-designed items of modern times, the only coffee brewer chosen for the award. The coffee maker and the water kettle are in the permanent collections of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian, the Philadelphia Museum and the Corning Museum located in Corning, NY. When it comes to exceptionally tasting coffee made from a simple but elegant process, the Chemex has no rival.
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