Created in 1941, the Chemex coffee maker was Peter Schumbohm’s (1896-1962) most successful industrial design. He was inspired by the Bauhaus school, where form follows function, to which he applied his knowledge of physics and chemistry. The Chemex carafe is inspried by a heat-resistant laboratory flask. The upper portion of the flask holds the Chemex filter, thicker and heavier than traditional coffee filters, that slows down the extraction time of heated water (poured by hand) through the ground coffee. The fitted wood collar with leather tie add an elegant touch while making the carafe easy to handle with hot coffee. An original Chemex coffee maker is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as seen on this page.
Today, Chemex remains very popular among coffee purists, who appreciate the hands-on control of its brewing process. As opposed to the electric drip coffee maker, the Chemex manual brewing process and thicker filter allow the grounds to “bloom” (just wet enough to saturate without floating in water) for optimal coffee extraction. Chemex coffee makers and Chemex filters are available through 125West.com since 1999.