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Jun 4, 2007 03:45 PM

Chemex coffee pots

I may not be looking hard enough but I'm having a tough time finding Chemex coffee pots. I don't want to shop online because I like to see what I'm getting before I pay for it. Know of any place that sells Chemex in OC or SGV?

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  1. myoo, I haven't seen a Chemex pot in any store in at least 20 years. There was an old couple who frequently had them at the monthly Rose Bowl market, but that was two or three years ago.

    If you're familiar with these things, you know what they look like, so I'm having a little trouble understanding your reluctance to buy long-distance. The pots are still being made, and they're exactly the same as they ever were, both hand-blown and molded. I buy parts and (if necessary) pots from them by mail - there's an illustrated price sheet that comes with every box of filters, which I buy from Peet's. If you want to see one of these, email me and I can either mail one or scan it.

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    1. re: Will Owen

      Thanks, for the info. i just thought i was either blind or looking in the wrong sections. i did find a few online but i've had the worst experiences with purchasing things long distance that i wanted to avoid it if possible. i guess that's the route i'll have to take.

    2. I saw Chemex pots at the Coffee Conservatory in Culver City. Call to make sure, especially if it's a long trip for you. I may have been hallucinating.

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      1. re: CulverJack

        thanks for the info. tried the site but currently site is unavailable. did see a number and will call.

      2. Did you try your local Peet's? Some of their stores carry the Chemex line. Also, just to clarify, are we talking about the glass Chemex carafes?

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        1. I bought some Chemex filters at Cookin' Stuff about 6 months ago -- I'm pretty sure I saw at least 3 or 4 different carafes on hand. Give 'em a call.


          1. I picked up my Chemex at Groundwork on Rose in Venice, but that was years ago when they were still Gourmet Coffee Warehouse... You might call them as well - I don't recall if they still carry them...


            I don't know if you're deadset on getting a Chemex, but I recently picked up a relatively new coffee brewer called the Aerobie AeroPress. It's inexpensive, unbreakable, and produces some of the best homebrewed coffee I've tasted. The filters are cheap - 350 for $3. The only drawback is you make one cup at a time. I've pretty much retired my Chemex for now but at least it's nice to look at...


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            1. re: bulavinaka

              Ah yes, what I didn't mention in my post immediately above is that those are probably the last Chemex filters I'll ever buy:


              I've been using an AeroPress for nine months now, and I don't think I'll be moving on to anything else. Unless I catch that super-high-end-espresso-machine bug, perish the thought...

              1. re: Joe Blowe

                Pretty impressive little gizmo... but you gotta love that Chemex for your backup in case you run out of filters...

                1. re: Joe Blowe

                  I love aeropress as well. but it's a wee bit inconvenient when you have a group of people--all who want coffee. thanks to all for the great info. i suppose i will have to go the online route. also saw some with glass handle. that said, which is better? the glass handle or the original with the wood collar?

                  1. re: myoo

                    I can't speak to utility, as this is not my preferred method of brewing, but I think the wood looks cooler. BTW, one compromise might be to order off the internet from a place like Peet's, which has stores in the area where you can return it if you decide you don't like it.

                2. re: bulavinaka

                  I am also a huge fan of the AeroPress! It makes THE best home coffee...smoooooth, with no bitter tone or residual gritty "mud." We are using ground espresso coffee with the AeroPress, and it doesn't even seem to matter what brand we use, so long as it is fresh; the resultant AeroPress coffee is wonderful. Indeed, our Chemex has seen its days.

                  1. re: liu

                    Sorry, I just like the pour-it-through simplicity and the control over things like strength and brewing temperature the Chemex gives. Fifteen minutes to a quart of coffee, without having to use some snorting big plastic machine - I love it. And there ain't nothin' prettier than that sexy double-cone glass flask with the rakish leather-tied wood collar.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      Will Owen -- I really understand. Our Chemex has served us well for many, many years...with its " double-cone glass flask with the rakish leather-tied wood collar." I am laughing...oh, how we personify our beloved kitchenware!

                    2. re: liu

                      After reading this thread I have a Chemex for sale - cheap!
                      Can you get the AeroPress locally or do you have to order online?

                        1. re: Joe Blowe

                          Thanks Joe! Looks like Sur La Table is it.