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1) From: Tony
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Hi all,
 
In my continual patroling of the thrift stores, I 
came across a hand-blown 1 qt. Chemex yesterday at a local Deseret store for $1. 
It even had the original 1950 instruction sheet. One note: the prices for 
filters then were the same as Tom's prices now...
 
I cleaned it up and not having any filters (I've 
ordered some from Tom this morning...) tried using a Melitta #4 filter, but it 
broke, so use two fold, Scott "C" fold dispenser paper towels. It worked great 
and the coffee was very good.
 
One more layer of ancient coffee-ology uncovered 
and rescued from the dust.
 
also a note: if your vacuum coffee maker is having 
trouble kicking down, try wrapping a cold, wet towel around the upper part of 
the lower globe. It helps cool the air above the coffee, increasing the 
vacuum.
 
Take care,
 
Tony Reynolds

2) From: Ed Needham
I hope the Chemex filters you ordered are the bleached kind rather than the
brown ones.  They make the coffee taste like it was brewed through a grocery
bag.
Regards,
Ed Needham

3) From: Les
I had my first Chemex pot yesterday.  I enjoyed a fine Brazilian brew.
 I can now add another brew method to my list of brew techniques.  I
bought the real filters from SM so I consider it more than just a
simple pour over.   This AM I am enjoying the espresso ritual.  I
don't have to rush off to work!  I just had a fine ristretto of 25%
Panama 1700-1800 and 75% Brazil Cerrado 5th Place -Fazenda Pantano
both roasted to a city plus and post roast blended.  Tom, thanks for
making coffee sooooo good!
Les

4) From: Jerry Procopio
Les,
Welcome to the Chemex world.  I brew using different methods, since 
Christmas I've been using a TechniVorm almost exclusively since it makes 
such a nice brew with so little effort.  I have vac pots, different size 
French presses, and most recently an AeroPress for travel.  Still, my 
favorite method of brewing is with my 1975 Chemex CM-3.  I'm not saying 
that any method is better or worse - I just believe each method of 
brewing gives different results and has it's own characteristics.  I 
once did a quadruple test with beans ground from the same batch for 
drip, Chemex, FP, and vac pot.  Yes, I was scrambling around the kitchen 
to make it work, but I did manage to brew with all 4 methods at once. 
All four were good but amazingly different from each other.  If I hadn't 
prepared this all myself, I would have never believed that it was the 
same coffee coming from each of the pots.
It's been a while since I used the Chemex, so instead of my afternoon 
espersso, I am going to make some Lot 30 in the Chemex.  Thanks for 
reminding me!
JavaJerry
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA
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5) From: Scjgb3
hello all,
    got a great deal yesterday on ebay for a chemex, doesn't  come w/filters 
so the question is are the paper filters what i want or is there  a piece of 
material out there i need to know about?
Secondly some advice on the use of the chemex.
thanks
scjgb3

6) From: Jared Andersson
The chemex brand filters are part of the quality cup it provides.  I like
the white ones.  Brown taste a little like a paper shopping bag to me.
Jared
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7) From: Steven Dover
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I also like the white filters. I prefer to buy the filter circles and =
fold them myself. Of the 27 or so coffeemakers I have, I use the Chemex =
the most. By all means *use only Chemex filters*. - Steve D.

8) From: Jared Andersson
Steve, I have only used the prefolded Chemex filters.  Any benefit you see
to self folding?  Jared
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9) From: Michael Mccandless
How's this for a 1000% markup? (guesstimate)
A rare one for sure.
Chemex
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10) From: Paul Helbert
Sorry if I drove it up. My bid was in there at $45.50.
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11) From: Sheila Quinn
Interesting...I didn't know they made automatic ones!
Sheila
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12) From: Michael Mccandless
I've googled it every which way and nada.
McSparky
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13) From: Benjamin VerHage
I like the "exclusive wetting cycle"
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From: Michael Mccandless 
Subject: [Homeroast] Chemex
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Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 3:28 PM
How's this for a 1000% markup? (guesstimate)
A rare one for sure.
Chemex
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14) From: Demian Ebert
That's just crazy. The one I just gave away in a tradition was early 70s.
And it was free. Didn't have all that extra plastic either.
Demian
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15) From: Paul Helbert
The high price was not for the glass brewer but the automatic drip McGavis
and the box. Must have been rare since most of us did not know such a thing
ever existed. This one appeared to have been new old stock. So it went into
a collection. Nobody would have paid such a price to put it into
service...or not?
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16) From: Ed Needham
Those things came out when I had my old coffeehouse 77-79.  I wanted to sell 
them, but the company was not producing many of them.  It is my 
understanding that it is a re-branded Norelco.  Nothing fancy.
It's an auto, and it won't pour water as well as you can.
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17) From: Wes Tyler
Thanks Ed for the advice. I used the archives and Tom's instructions and got a very good 20 oz of  Koratie DP. 
I learned a lot on the first pot. I learned the button is 1/2 the capacity of the pot or 20 oz. in this case. The only filter I had was brown. I ran hot water thru it twice. Smelled just like a paper mill at first...cleaned up later. I used 25g of coffee ground in Rocky at 40 the same as I use for the TV. I boiled the water, took it off for 30 sec. and poured a little to wet. I made 2 pours after that. Took a total of 4 minutes to run thru.
Bottom line...I liked the taste of the Koratie DP slightly better in the Chemex than in the TV.
Thanks to all for sharing your experiences.
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18) From: Paul Helbert
If your brown paper filter smelled that bad, please ignore my previous
advise. I never had any objectionable smell or taste in Chemex brand brown
paper filters from SM, but obviously you did. So you did the right thing.
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19) From: Wes Tyler
I'm having a hard time finding Chemex filters locally. I know SM sells them, but with shipping they get pricey. I was given 4 brown, folded squares. Started to feel a little unsmart trying to put the square filter in the round Chemex. Kind of like missing the map folding class when learning to fly. I will try the white and brown filters as soon as I can find them. Good idea.
Question for you air roasters. I use a modded P1. I find that using the bare minimum air needed to keep the beans from burning gives me a better roast than using more air. The aroma from the beans is less until the beans have rested, but the taste has more body. 
I could be getting a melange roast due to low bean movement. I thought it might be more conduction from more time in contact with the popper walls. Whatever the reason, it tastes better to me. Anyone else noticed anything similar?
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From: Paul Helbert 
To: homeroast
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 9:08:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Chemex
If your brown paper filter smelled that bad, please ignore my previous
advise. I never had any objectionable smell or taste in Chemex brand brown
paper filters from SM, but obviously you did. So you did the right thing.
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20) From: Ed Needham
I wish I could find the square white filters.  The 'ears' allow you to pick 
up the wet filter easier than the circles do, and I think they look cooler 
when brewing too!
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21) From: Paul Helbert
SM has both bleached and unbleached Chemex folded square filters. They don't
sell either the funny little half round ones for the smallest brewer or the
cleaning brushes. These are available directly from Chemex. I have the
German brush and love it. The brush is also useful for your vac pot.
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22) From: Andy Thomas
http://sweetmarias.com/prod.brewers.shtmlWhite Chemex filters with ears! Scroll down about one third.
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From: Ed Needham 
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Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 7:35:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Chemex
I wish I could find the square white filters.  The 'ears' allow you to pi=
ck =
up the wet filter easier than the circles do, and I think they look cooler =
when brewing too!
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23) From: Bob Glasscock
Paul,
Thanks for the hint on the German brush. Just ordered one from Chemex. I had
been looking for a good brush to clean the Chemex and my Yama VP. BTW I use
the Chemex bonded filters ordered from SM, and they don't affect the flavor
to my knowledge. Method is to pour once to wet the grounds, let drain, pour
again to full and stir, let drain, then pour once more (6 cup Chemex).
Bob Glasscock
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Chemex
SM has both bleached and unbleached Chemex folded square filters. They don't
sell either the funny little half round ones for the smallest brewer or the
cleaning brushes. These are available directly from Chemex. I have the
German brush and love it. The brush is also useful for your vac pot.
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24) From: Yakster
I picked up some Chemex filters today, so I'll finally be able to try out
the Chemex that Slinkster sent me, ya!
I had in interview this afternoon, in the Ponte Vecchio conference room,
which I took to be a good omen as the name of a maker of lever espresso
machines.  Afterward, I headed to Barefoot Coffee Roasters and picked up the
filters and two espresso shots, an Edlyna S.O. Guatemala from Finca Vista
Hermosa and a Sweetness Blend.  Both shots were bright and zesty (tasting
like the zest or peel of citrus fruit was in the cup), but I preferred the
Sweetness shot.
-Chris
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25) From: Greg Hollrigel
That Sweetness Blend is fantastic.  I hope they offer some whole beans for
sale.  I tried a bag of the Edlyna SO as shots, and never could get the
beans to sing.
I've stocked up on Workshops #9 and #10, and am looking forward to roasting
and tasting those.  Also going to play with the Brazil Raisin, the Rwanda,
Sidamo Maduro, and Bali.  I've got lots to look forward to and be thankful
for.
My latest creation is a blend of Brazil, Sumatra, and Yrga Cheffe (58%, 24%
and 18%, roughly).  Brazil and Sumatra roasted to about FC+, and the Yrga
Cheffe to about C+.  When I've got my tamping and lever conditions right,
wow!  What a great shot.  When I don't, it's just good.  :-)
I also roasted a 1/2 pound of Esmerelda that I won from Mike at Xmas, and
took it to between C and C+.  I didn't care too much for it as a drip, but
when I pulled it as an espresso, it was fantastic.  One of the best I've
tasted in a long time.  I was completely surprised.
Anyways, just thought I'd share after seeing those 2 coffees mentioned
below.
Greg
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26) From: Yakster
Messed up the Chemex brew tonight by misreading my brew table.
I ground up 40 g of Brazil (3 AeroPress scoops, just shy of the expected 42
g) and planned on adding 675 ml of brew water but got distracted and tried
to add 1350 ml which would be for a full pot (6 AeroPress scoops).
I realized my mistake after running out of water in the kettle, but the
coffee tasted good, just weak. Nice dark color.
I'll have to try again, may have to grind finer now.
-Chris
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27) From: Ed Needham
I hope you got the white ones.  The brown ones taste like cardboard and 
impart a taste to the coffee.
33 year Chemex user
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28) From: Joseph Robertson
100% recycled sure has it's taste price.
JR
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29) From: Yakster
I did get the white ones, they had four boxes stacked up at Barefoot with
their bags of coffee with a layer of dust on the tops of the top boxes, so I
pulled a box from the bottom... I don't think they're a major sales item for
them but I was glad to find them somewhere were I wouldn't have to spring
for shipping.  Add to that I learned of a special Groupon deal a few weeks
ago where $10 would get you a $20 gift card so I redeemed that and added the
balance to my Barefoot card (after getting the espressos).
So far, I've really been enjoying making 600 ml (20 oz, 1/2 pot, up to the
bump) of coffee in the Chemex which yields three 200 ml cups instead of the
two 200 ml cups I get out of the CCD that I use each morning.  I'm now
looking forward to having company so I can try out a 1200 ml (40 oz, full
pot) batch instead of brewing two CCDs in parallel and getting only 800 ml.
I've been setting the Chemex on my scale so I can weigh the water going in,
the filter (6 g) and 42 grams of coffee weighted about 75 g when I was
finished.
Today I made some 4 day old IMV in the Chemex and really enjoyed it.
-Chris
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