Chemex pour over coffee maker review

The Chemex is a classic manual pour over coffee maker. It comes in various sizes so you can choose the most suitable one for your pour over coffee brewing.

Chemex pour over coffee maker review


This classic hourglass-shaped flask with its elegant wood collar is a stylish addition to any kitchen, so much so that you probably want to display it even though it can be easily stored away in a cupboard. While simple, the design of the Chemex is highly functional and all that’s required to make the pour over coffee is a coffee filter (Chemex sells circle and square filters), coffee grounds, and hot water.

The largerĀ sizes allow you to make more coffee at one go – perfect for gatherings or for keeping warm until you need your next cup. Users suggest putting it on a stovetop or in a pot of water on low heat.


Coffee Quality

Pour over coffee made from a Chemex is always praisedĀ for its rich, smooth, flavorful cup and the bright, floral notes it brings out from the coffee beans. For us, the Chemex is a sure win in terms of taste (given that your coffee is freshly ground).


Ease of Use

The simplicity of the Chemex means that it’s extremely easy to keep clean. Even the coffee grounds remain in the filter during the pour over process and can be easily thrown away. After use, all you need to do is rinse the Chemex and leave it out to dry.

Even though the Chemex pour over coffee maker is a manual pour over dripper, it’s extremely easy to use and consistently receives stellar reviews from home coffee enthusiasts and professional baristas alike. However, the hand brewing required means that you have to do the measurement of water, coffee grinding, and pouring over all on your own. Hence, the Chemex is best suited to home use rather than in the office pantry.



If you want the best pour over coffee possible, the Chemex pour over coffee maker is your best choice. However, if convenience for frequent usage by large groups of different people is a key factor, then you’re better off with an automatic pour over coffee maker such as the Bunn.