Which Chemex to choose

Recommendations for espresso equipment buyers and upgraders.
Heemskerk

Postby Heemskerk » Oct 05, 2016, 2:26 am

Hello coffee lovers,

Here is my situation. I am the only one in my house drinking coffee. I use to drink 2 cups in the morning and 1 or two cups in the afternoon.
There are only a few times I am making coffee for more than 2 or 3 people, when I have guests.

Right now I am using a Nespresso, but want to go for a chemex. Especially for that morning coffee. But not sure which one to buy, the 3 or the 6 cups.

The 6 cup is much nicer to look at and does not cost a lot of money money than the 3-cups. But is it possible/preferable to brew only 1 or 2 cups with the 6cup Chemex? Or will it cool to fast because the bottle is larger?

Hope someone can help me. Thanks.

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CoffeeBar

Postby CoffeeBar » Oct 05, 2016, 5:02 am

For one to two person, I will go for Three cup, as it is more easy to control the brewing process. I will not recommend if you brew your coffee with Six Cup unless you have at least 5 person. :D

Heemskerk

Postby Heemskerk » Oct 05, 2016, 5:07 am

Thank you

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redbone

Postby redbone » Oct 05, 2016, 8:45 am

You have a few options including Chemex, Hario V60, Gino Dripper and Kalita Wave just to mention a few.

If sticking with the Chemex and brewing for yourself I would suggest the smaller 3 cup as it will retain heat better for smaller volumes of coffee.

I have a 6 cup with the wooden collar and it's great for 2 large cups of coffee. Picture of my 6 cup in background.
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Heemskerk

Postby Heemskerk » Oct 06, 2016, 3:53 am

Thank you. I am aware of the other options. But the Chemex is just so beautiful

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CoffeeBar

Postby CoffeeBar » Oct 06, 2016, 6:32 am

redbone wrote:
If sticking with the Chemex and brewing for yourself I would suggest the smaller 3 cup as it will retain heat better for smaller volumes of coffee.


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CwD

Postby CwD » Oct 06, 2016, 9:02 am

I like the 6 cup for just myself, and the 6 cup uses more available filters than the 3 cup.

TheCastanza

Postby TheCastanza » Oct 06, 2016, 9:27 am

I originally bought the 3 cup but was disappointed with how much coffee it made at a time. Keep in mind that "3 cup" is likely not 3 actual cups of coffee people (at least Americans) drink. For me, the six cup is better suited to brewing 2 big-ish mugs of coffee. For three mugs, I would certainly need the 6 cup.

one1speed

Postby one1speed » Oct 06, 2016, 10:22 am

We have the six-cup and I have often used it for myself, and it's more versatile if someone swings by. I really don't think it's too much for a couple of cups. I simply preheat by doing the initial rinse of the filter, then wrap in a towel with something on top to keep warm if it sits for a short bit (with the filter removed). Very easy. We have other methods as well, but have had a Chemex for many years and feel it makes coffee as good as any other options, and better than our Technivorm.

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Almico

Postby Almico » Oct 06, 2016, 11:49 am

You can make 3 cups with the 6-cup, not the other way around. I use a 6-cup to make 3 every morning.

Check ebay for a used one from the 70s. They were hand-blown glass back then, the same as the hand-blown ones that sell today for $100. I got mine for $25.