Slow Brew

The Chemex Coffeemaker was created in 1941 by Peter Schlumbohm. The shape was inspired by an Erlenmeyer flask using non-porous glass (plastic equivalents develop cracks and fissures over time which can house mineral deposits affecting the overall flavour). Also assisting the clean taste is the Chemex filter which is 30% thicker than traditional filters. The heavy filter eliminates unwanted fats or oils, resulting in a clean, pure, flavourful cup of coffee without bitterness or sediment. And reducing the need for milk. Served as individual cafetiere holding equivalent of two large cups and using single bean. We've settled on Crave Columbian coffee El Carmen No 50.

Here is what local coffee experts Crave have to say about Chemex and Carmen...

South American, generally and Columbian, specifically. Why? There are obviously differences with the tasting notes of Columbian coffee beans from plantation to plantation but it can be defined generally by low acidity, mellow hints of caramel underpinned by a lovely nutty sweetness. The Chemex brewing method (which takes slightly longer than, say French Press) really brings out the flavour profile of a stronger coffee with bolder tasting notes.

And I love it because it focuses entirely on the flavour of the coffee and means less milk, always a winner in the balance for good gut health. It also makes coffee into a ritual and slows things down.

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