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Chemex coffeemaker in Toronto?

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Pantz Apr 11, 2008 03:50 PM

There's a few posts about Chemex coffeemakers, but not too recently. So, just wondering if anyone knows of a retailer in Toronto who is selling these?

I know Chemex sells direct through their website, but I'm a hands on guy. I want to look at it before i buy it.

At the Bay downtown the other day, I spotted a Bodum version of this style of coffeemaker they've branded as the Kona. It's basically the same thing as a Chemex - an all in one manual pour filter coffee maker. It comes equipped with a gold filter basket and a plastic sleeve for the indented middle. I think it was priced aroung $60. I thought it looked a little fragile and nowhere near as attractive as the Chemex model.

So, other than a lead on Chemex in Toronto, can anyone comment on if they believe it's worth the search? Should I settle for the Bodum version? Or even find a cheaper Melitta type arrangement if i just want to experiment with manual drip?

I have a starbucks espresso machine for espresso (occassionaly great, usually ok results) and a french press I'm very happy with for regular brew.

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    detritus Apr 11, 2008 04:59 PM

    The closest place I've seen them is at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

    -Josh

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      embee Apr 11, 2008 05:29 PM

      Green Beanery might have it, but call first as I'm not really sure. Green Beanery definitely has the Yama, which is something of a cult brewer in Japan.

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        jayt90 Apr 11, 2008 07:58 PM

        Greenbeanery has the Kona, the Yama, and my favorite for small amounts (two mugs) the Aeropress, but no Chemex.
        http://www.greenbeanery.ca/bean/catal...
        Try to visit them in the Annex. They are terribly disorganized, but there is a good selection of first class coffee equipment there, at not for profit prices.

        Chemex and its large 12" filters are on eBay. The hand blown German models are the most elegant. I don't know if a Swissgold filter fits, but maybe the Kona filter could fit.

        The Melitta two piece is inexpensive and flimsy. I managed to knock the top section, full of hot coffee, onto my foot. Last time I used it!

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          detritus Apr 12, 2008 04:30 PM

          Note that the Yama, cool though it might be, is a vacuum brewer and is really a very different type of coffee maker.

          I've also had issues with the Melitta two-piece pourover brewers, the glass tends to break on me when I'm cleaning them. I've been through a few of them now.

          -Josh

      2. Recyclor Apr 12, 2008 05:43 PM

        I have seen it in a shop somewhere, I think it was that kitchen wares stoer in the middle of the upstairs at St Lawrence market, but please call before you head over just for that, I might be mistaken!...good luck...

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          Dean Tudor Apr 12, 2008 07:05 PM

          I know where I can find a used one from the 1960s..

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            Pantz Apr 15, 2008 01:55 PM

            I ended up at the Green Beanery on the weekend, at the new location at Bloor and Bathurst. It's a pretty impressive space. They apparently had just opened it recently. They had some displays up of merchandise (felt very Yorkville to me, with lots of glass and metal) but were not brewing any coffee yet. They had to tell this repeatedly to whoever came in the door. Not sure why they weren't brewing coffee, they had an espresso machine set up behind the massive bar that dominates the space. They did in fact end up pulling some shots for an italian couple who were browsing the beans.

            Did pick up the Bodum Kona model with no spout. Have tried it several times and I'm pretty happy with the results. Still working out the kinks in terms of proportions and grind. I'm finding it's taking me about 6 minutes to pour 32 ounces of water through the grounds. So not sure if I've got too much coffee at too fine a grind? My grinder is mediocre and produces a fair bit of dust. I'm also a bit suspicious of the gold filter that came with the Kona. Due to the supporting plastic webbing between the gold mesh, I think the drainage is a little off.

            This is quibbling, of course. The coffee so far has been balanced with nice body.

            And I did check out the Yamas. The ones fueled by gas flames are particularly appealing, with a 19th century mad scientist look. Guess it's next on my list...

            Will probably also end up picking up Chemex eventually, if only for the design.

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              jayt90 Apr 15, 2008 03:22 PM

              Good to know Greenbeanery is finally open on Bloor St. Let's hope the bean prices stay low. They will have to have customer oriented staff now that they're main street and prime time. I expect embee will have something to say about that! Did the place smell of roasting? They had neihborhood problems when they were in a house on Brunswick.
              What kind of grinder? I use a KA burr most of the time, but if ambitious, I get superb grinds with a Zassenhaus manual. Can't face it in the morning, however.
              In my bygone days with a Chemex, 5 minutes would be normal, so 6 is not out of line, but their excellent, heavy paper filters will take a fine grind.

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              alibaba May 4, 2008 05:53 PM

              Funny- I've been on a search this week too. Here is a list of Canadian retailers that carry Chemex below. I haven't found any in Toronto at all! Please share if you do.

              The Artworks
              101B Edmonton Center
              Edmonton, Alberta
              Canada T5J 2Y8
              FC-100, FP-2, CM-8A, CM-2, CM-1C

              The Elysian Room
              1778 West 5th Avenue
              Vancouver, BC
              Canada V6J 1P2
              604-839-1210
              FSU-100, CM-6A, CM-8A

              Mountain View Roasterie
              RR1 SITE 15 Box 28
              Didsbury ALB T0M OWO CAN
              403-827-2911
              CM-6A, CM-1C, CTKG, FSU-100, FC-100, FP-2

              Phil & Sebastian Coffee
              2135 21st Ave SW
              Calgary Alb CAN T24 OP1
              403-612-2266
              CM-2, CM-4, FSU-100 FS-100, FC-100

              Swite Books
              477 Richmond St W Unit 103
              Toronto, Ontario
              Canada M5V3E7
              416-363-1332
              FC-100, FP-2, CM-8A, CM-1C, CM-1, CM-3, TKG, CMC

              49th Parallel Roasters
              3680 Bonneville PL Unit 107
              Burnaby BC
              Canada V3N 4T5
              604-420-4900
              CM-1C, CM-8A, CM-4, FP-2, FC-100, CMB, CMC

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                Pantz May 5, 2008 02:59 PM

                alibaba - is that 'Swite Books' or 'Suite Books'? That's an odd address as well. Do you know if they are retail or wholesale?

                Of course, the fire has died down a little for me - I'm enjoying the Bodum Kona model (at least in terms of results if not aesthetics) and probably will concentrate on some other coffee gear in the near future. Most likely a decent grinder.

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                  detritus Jul 24, 2008 12:06 PM

                  Hm. "Swite Books" is probably "Swipe Books", which used to be at 477 Richmond, but has since moved to 401 Richmond (see: www.swipe.com).

                  No idea if they actually carry Chemexes though - they're a bookstore, as far as I can tell.

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