Note from Collin:
Do you have a product you love? We definitely have many favorite products and thought it would be FUN to share some of them with you! I personally love product recommendations and I’ve also had a few requests from readers, so I have asked each member of the team to think of products they love (cosmetics, kitchen gadgets etc.) and to write up a post that will be shared here every Tuesday.
Hey all! It’s Emily, one of Collin’s sidekicks!
I love coffee – like LOVEEEE coffee. I drink coffee from the moment I wake up until about 4 hours before I go to sleep. It just makes everything better. I don’t even finish my cup some of the time, I just get comfort knowing it’s there.
One of the things I love about coffee is that I make a mean cup of it. I’m pretty picky about my brew so I haven’t used a traditional auto-drip coffee maker in years. I’ll admit, I get caught up in the latest brewing fads. I’ve gone from a french press, to a Melita cone, to now my beloved Chemex.
I did SO much research when I first came across the Chemex. I loved the design of the glass carafe, the simple paper filter sheets for the top, and the wooden handle was so unique… but would it really produce coffee as great as it claimed? Well, let me be the thousandth person to say, since this is by no means a new product, that it makes an AMAZING cup of coffee.
You may be asking, “but Emily, isn’t this just you getting sucked into the hype of yet another fancy method of coffee brewing?”
While I bought the Chemex as a gift for my coffee-loving boyfriend (fully planning to use it myself), I was actually ready to be underwhelmed by its capabilities. I mean, coffee is coffee, right? WRONG! I need you to trust me on this – as someone who drinks 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day, there IS a difference. Believe the hype.
First of all, the coffee is MUCH stronger. So much so that after my first time using it, I wasn’t sure if I even liked the coffee it produced because it was that strong. But after adjusting the amount of scoops, I got the flavor just right, and now I use less grounds – fun money saving feature numero uno.
Not only does it use less grounds, but it also doesn’t require a special grind. All it takes is a medium grind, which is how most pre-ground coffee comes, so you’re not limited to what’s available as whole bean at the store. That means more flavors, more brands, more opportunity for it to be on sale – fun money saving feature numero dos. I will say though, most of the time I still buy whole bean and grind it fresh at home. What can I say, I have a strong coffee game.
But my all time favorite part of this brewer? It’s STUNNING! It looks like an art piece in the kitchen! People are so blown away by this artistic brewing sculpture on my counter that it fools them into thinking my laminate counter tops are real granite!!! Just kidding, it definitely doesn’t do that. But seriously, the Chemex is so intriguing with the hourglass shape and the tied wooden handle that I love to showcase it at all times.
As much as I’d love to keep gushing about it, I’ll get to the part that some may think is a major downfall of these system – the process is a bit more labor intensive than your standard coffee maker. It requires you to pour the hot water over very slowly, with multiple stops in between pours.
But to me, it’s a labor of love and I truly enjoy the process. It’s my zen moment in the morning where I’m not checking my phone (partially because I don’t have a free hand) and the scent when the first pour hits the grounds is pure nirvana.
Choosing my mug for the day the hardest decision of the whole coffee making process. If you like adding fun mugs to your own collection, you can find the sarcastic one here, the Yeti one here, and the fancy “E” one isn’t available online anymore – sorry!
Oh! Almost forgot – I got my 8-cup Chemex when it was on sale for just under $23 (it was a HOT deal since it retails for around $45), the filters are around $9, and I bought an electric gooseneck kettle for $33. It wasn’t necessary, but my old kettle had recently broke and this style is very helpful in the slow pouring process.
Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer of self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.