If you enjoy espresso-style crema, this isn't the maker for you.
But it's ideal for capturing nuances of the bright, fruity
single-origin coffees currently in vogue. Invented in 1941, the Chemex is little more than an open-topped
hourglass, elegant in its simplicity. Thick filter papers trap
grind sludge, allowing water to drip through unhurriedly to create
a brew that's clear and without bitterness. It's less of a faff
than espresso, but the dose needs to be consistent - papers should
be primed and the grinds need time to bloom - so it's not exactly
set and forget. With its good looks, though, it's easy to see why
it's a hit with restaurants.