The Chemex® coffeemaking system was developed by a chemist in 1941 to achieve one result ... Brew A Perfect Cup of Coffee Everytime.


(Peter J. Schlumbohm, Ph.D.)


The keystone of the Chemex method is the fractional extraction of only the desirable parts of the coffee bean. Fractional extraction at 190-200 Fahrenheit leaves the coffee fats and bitter elements in the coffee grounds, not in your cup. Chemex-bonded filters and the proper brewing method make this possible.


Being a doctor of Chemistry, he was very familiar with laboratory apparatus and the methods of filtration and extraction. He applied this knowledge when designing his coffeemaker. He examined his laboratory glass funnel and his Erlenmeyer flask and made modifications to each. He modified the laboratory funnel by adding an "air channel" and a pouring spout. He added the air channel so the air displaced by the liquid dripping into the vessel could easily escape past the laboratory filter paper, which was to be used in the funnel as the filter media.


To the wall of the Erlenmeyer flask he added a protrusion, which looks like a bubble. Consumers have often called it a "belly button." This is a measuring mark, which indicates one half the volume that is below the bottom edge of the handle.

He then combined the modified glass funnel with the modified Erlenmeyer flask to create a one-piece drip coffee maker to be made of heat proof, laboratory grade, borosilicate glass. Last, he added a wood handle and called the item a "Chemex," which was a fabricated name. All that was needed then to brew the coffee was the coffee, hot water, and filter paper.


The Loft Cafe' @ Simple Truth is proud to extract you the best cup of coffee through our original design of the Chemex brewing system.


Take a Chemex home with you and brew your own too.

Hario V60 - Hario is a company founded in Japan in 1921. Very similar to the Chemex, this is a cone-shaped ceramic piece formed to a perfect 60 degree angle with patented swirl design to maximize extraction. The main difference between the V-60 and the Chemex is speed. The V-60 uses a much thinner paper filter and is designed to allow water to flow through much faster. If you desire a complex cup with maximum flavor and purity, this is your brew method. 

Kone -

The Kone was designed by Keith Gehrke to be a reusable stainless-steel conical filter designed to fit into a Chemex carafe. With thousands of tiny etched holes, the Kone lets coffee--complete with oils and a bit of particulate--through. The result is a cup of coffee with the mouthfeel of a French press and the delicate, complex flavor of a pourover. Using a fine grind of fresh roasted coffee, a specific 200 degree water temperature, and the precision of one of our trained baristas, enjoy a rich cup of full bodied coffee.

Syphon - Invented by Loeff of Berlin in the 1830s, this vacuum coffee maker brews coffee using two chambers where vapor pressure and vacuum produce a surprisingly clear cup of coffee. One major distinguishing perk is the cloth filter between the two chambers. The natural oil of the coffee is allowed to seep through the cloth, resulting in a richer, stronger coffee flavor. Not to mention the excitement while watching your barista brew your cup with an open flame right in front of you.

French Press (press pot) - For many coffee connoisseurs, the "French Press" method of brewing creates the ultimate coffee. The system consists of a glass cylinder and a plunger with a metal filter. Hot water is poured over coffee grinds in the cylinder and then the plunger is pressed down to separate the grinds. 

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