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Chemex coffee filters and brewers in Toronto? HELP!!

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Idas Jul 24, 2008 09:00 AM

Hi,
I ran out of my unbleached Chemex coffee filters. Ever since brewing this way, I am forever spoiled and cannot think about using traditional coffee machines.
I just ran out of my filters and need some desperately.
Is there a Toronto shop who carries them?

HELP!!
Idas

  1. num nums Aug 17, 2008 05:34 AM

    Swipe, a design store that recently moved into the 401 Richmond building carries Chemex brewers, filters and a few accessories. They used to carry mostly books and some products like notebooks and pens, but since moving into the much bigger space in the artist community building they are carrying a lot more housewares like Bodum, Bialetti, Alessi, beautiful Cdn designed tableware, Stelton, etc.

    From what I remember they have the 4-cup and 10-cup brewers for $40 and $50 respectively. And a package of filters for $10.

    In case people are not familiar with 401 Richmond, it is a huge formerly industrial building on Richmond just east of Spadina, that is home to art groups, many galleries, and a few shops. Swipe is a store that started out catering to the advertising and graphic design community but has evolved in to a more broad design store. The owner has such great taste and so passionate about finding the best of everything, that if Swipe is selling it, then it must be good.

    www.swipe.com

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      winter_queen Aug 31, 2008 07:40 AM

      I second the Swipe option - they do carry the filters, and at $10 CDN per box, it's much cheaper than ordering from the U.S. However, I think that Swipe might only carry the bleached filters - but these have been fine for me, even considering that I always buy unbleached products if I can. If you're in the market for an actual Chemex coffeemaker, Swipe offers a choice between machine and handmade. And if you visit the store, you're bound to end up with other purchases - everything from books to special coffee cups to super strong magnets.

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        Idas Sep 13, 2008 06:18 AM

        HOORAY!! I love you chowhounders! My spouse just broke our Chemex juggling the baby in one arm. I am so grateful not to have to endure a few weeks waiting for a brewer by mail. Whew. I sure hope swipe is open on Saturdays.

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      der4487 Aug 14, 2008 04:38 PM

      I've been dying for a Chemex brewer for a year, and just picked up 2 at Goodwill on half-price day. They are out there, keep hunting. It's worth it.

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        Apple Jul 30, 2008 07:56 PM

        what's the deal with the chemex? I am intrigued

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        1. re: Apple
          jayt90 Jul 30, 2008 08:17 PM

          A cult product in the U.S., well liked by coffee geeks and designers. It's worth looking into, especially if you visit someone in the U.S. who uses it.
          It is a simple glass carafe (often hand blown) that holds a substantial 12" filter, the predecessor to the old manual Melitta cone system. The filter paper is better, at least 30% heavier, and the slow drip coffee is well extracted and non acidic. It never caught on in a big way, except in discerning households, and old b&w movies. The company is still operating in the Boston area.
          http://www.chemexcoffeemaker.com/

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            DishyDiva Jul 31, 2008 05:22 AM

            Okay, I'm convinced! Consider me the newest member of the cult...

            I just ordered the Chemex 8-cup flask and 200 unbleached filters from Expresso Parts (see my link above). The flask costed me approx. $35 USD, $7 for 100 filters and shipping was $42.

            For nearly a decade, I've used the French press but am getting tired of the sludgy sediment which ends up in my cup (which, by the way, purportedly is bad for your cholesterol levels).

            I was going to cave in and get the automatic Cuisinart MT500 Plus for $200. But seeing this thread about Chemex piqued my curiosity. So, after doing some research, I've decided to stay with manual brewers. It's just too bad the Chemex is impossible to find here in T.O.

            I checked out the Merchants of Green Coffee but they don't seem to have any Chemex in stock.

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              Idas Aug 4, 2008 07:13 AM

              Hi,
              I was on the Espresso Parts website and my fliters were 35 dollars but it said the USPS shipping was 43 dollars? What the heck?
              IT must be an error in calculation. I am awaiting to hear back from the website to see what the corrected amount is. Otherwise I am going to just order the oxygen bleached chemex ones from Sweet Marias.
              Fingers crossed.
              Thanks though for letting me know about Espresso Parts.
              Enjoy the cleanest way to brew, try rinsing your filters if you find you can taste them, if you are really coffee obesessed about true bean flavour, it is worth the little extra effort.
              cheers,
              Idas

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                DishyDiva Aug 5, 2008 01:10 PM

                Hi Idas,

                $43?!?! That is outrageous.

                Although I did warn you that shipping may be pricey, I had no idea it was going to be that much! At least my package includes the coffee maker and not just filters. This must be the "express" rate. Hopefully, they'll be willing to ship the filters to you at a cheaper (albeith slower) rate.

                Thanks for letting me know about the Chemex. Yes, I am definitely coffee obsessed and am a self-proclaimed java junkie. I am always on the lookout for a better cup o' coffee. I can't wait to receive and try it out.

                Good luck re: your filters!

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                  Idas Aug 13, 2008 02:49 PM

                  Well, I got my filters. I ordered only 3 packs for 21 dollars but the shipping still was 36. I called to double check that it was ordinary USPS regular delivery and they said due to weight and the box size, it was correct.

                  I was desperate and after a week of a coffee machine, it was worth it, I pulled out my expensive brewing system for a week while waiting and I really, really missed the simple cleaning and most pure taste you can get from a bean.
                  Ahhhh, tomorrow my beans will be back in my glass chemex.
                  Can't wait to wake up and put away the old machine again for the next dinner party.

                  When Sweet Marias gets more in stock, I am order a year's worth and saving on their cheaper shipping.

                  Even with the expensive shipping, it is cheaper than my husband sneaking to Starbucks so he didn't have to clean the coffee maker.
                  cheers,
                  Idas

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          DishyDiva Jul 30, 2008 01:06 PM

          The following online company carries Chemex products and they ship to Canada:

          http://espressoparts2.zoovy.com/resul...

          The only problem is, they ship internationally only by FedEx so it may be expensive.

          Good luck with your search!

          1. jayt90 Jul 24, 2008 06:34 PM

            Chemex has never shown any interest in selling or backing their products in Canada; so, we have little choice except to order from eBay or sources like Sweetmaria. Most of those senders are glad to ship to us, and usually small orders come through duty free.

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              arossphoto Jul 28, 2008 02:56 PM

              I was looking for a Chemex brewer in Toronto as well and the Merchants of Green Coffee has them on their web site: http://www.merchantsofgreencoffee.com

              Unfortunately, their prices seem pretty high. The 10-cup is 89.99 when Sweet Maria's sells it for $34.50. However, Maria's site says "No International Shipping" below the Chemex brewers, so I don't know if they even ship here any more.

              1. re: arossphoto
                jayt90 Jul 28, 2008 06:37 PM

                There are lots on eBay, frequently little-used hand-blown German ones, for about $20, plus shipping; there is unlikely to be any duty on low cost items from the U.S.

                A Chemex was often an item for show in many kitchens, later stored away.

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                  embee Jul 28, 2008 06:46 PM

                  I've found Sweet Maria's one of the best US companies to deal with for shipping to Canada. It's definitely worth an email.

              2. TorontoJo Jul 24, 2008 10:28 AM

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/50850...

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                  detritus Jul 24, 2008 11:58 AM

                  That thread, as far as I can tell, didn't end up shedding light on Chemex availability in Toronto.

                  If anyone has any luck finding one locally (I'm looking for a brewer and filters), or a Canadian mail-order source, please let me know.

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                    Idas Jul 24, 2008 04:26 PM

                    I ordered my Chemex brewer and filters from Sweetmarias.com
                    They are well priced, even cheaper than Chemex themselves, oddly enough.

                    She ships to Canada and I found their customer service great.
                    I would order my filters from them but Chemex is backordered of the unbleached variety and if I order the "oxygen" whitened ones, I have to order $40 dollars worth in order to qualify for shipping. I've only used the unbleached ones and if I don't like the white filters, that's 700 filters to burn through before I order a new batch of unbleached ones once Chemex has produced more.

                    Ebay is also a source of cheaper vintage Chemex and some vendors sell the filters.

                    The hassle of ordering filters is worth it. My next order is going to be a year's supply. I have stored my very expensive coffee system permanently unless I have a big dinner party to brew for.

                    In my opinion, it doesn't get any simpler to get perfectly brewed coffee in a system you can clean with a swish of a brush.

                    A tip I learned for new Chemex folks is to do a hot water rinse of the filter paper, it makes all the difference in getting really clean bean flavours. I learned that a bit late and really appreciate it now.

                    Happy brewing.

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                      Pantz Jul 24, 2008 04:54 PM

                      My S.O. Lady Entropy, destroyer of many a glass item, dispatched the Bodum Kona I got as a compromise to a Chemex. Just as I had developed a feel for the device. So now I am back on the hunt. I'm going to take one last swing at finding one retail in town before going to the web.

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