The Chemex's design has remained completely unchanged (right down to its charming wood handle and leather cord) since its invention in 1941 by a German inventor named Peter Schlumbohm. Schlumbohm's designs were once characterized as "a synthesis of logic and madness," and we're inclined to agree. Equal parts brilliance and common sense, the Chemex remains a staple in every coffee enthusiast's arsenal.
Coffee from a Chemex is very similar to drip coffee, except that there’s more room for error. In order to guarantee the best results, make sure you’ve ground your coffee a bit coarser than in a ceramic dripper (there is, after all, more of it), and that you’ve given extra attention to your rate of pour. The upside? You can make enough to share with friends.