Everyone is familiar with the electric coffee maker that can be found in almost every household, but were you aware that there’s a manual version? It’s called a Chemex (shown below).
Invented in 1941 by Peter Schlumbohm and manufactured by the Chemex Corporation out of Pittsfield, MA (where it is still manufactured today), this hourglass shaped flask looks like something out of a science lab, but it makes a great brew.
It features a thick filter that sits in the neck of the device, grounds are positioned in the filter, then water is separately boiled. Once the water is boiled, a small amount is first poured over the coffee grounds so the grounds can “bloom”. Then, the remainder of the boiled water is slowly poured over the grounds, and the coffee comes to rest at the bottom of the flask. The coffee filter and grounds are then taken away and the brew is ready to be poured.
This invention was named “one of the 100 best modern devices” by the NEw York Times, and is also available for viewing in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.