Chemex Classic Series Glass Pour-Over Coffee Maker, 10 Cup

Last updated date: October 29, 2019

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9.4


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Overall Take

If you're into pour over coffee, chances are you don't like the chemical taste that tends to seep into coffee with plastics and some types of glass. The Chemex Classic Series Glass Pour-Over Coffee Maker, 10 Cup uses nonporous glass that keeps your flavor as pure as possible. You can also choose between a 3, 6, 8 or 10-cup model, depending on your own unique needs. In our testing, we loved how sleek and aesthetically pleasing this coffee maker was. In our analysis of 117 expert reviews, the Chemex Chemex Classic Glass Pour-Over Coffee, 10 Cup placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 3, 2019:
Checkout The Best Pour Over Maker for a detailed review of all the top pour over makers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
2,448 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The collar serves as an insulated handle around the middle that protects your fingers from the heat. Simple, functional operation and a visual elegance combine for the optimum extraction of full, rich-bodied brews.
- Foodal
March 7, 2018 | Full review
The Chemex Coffeemaker is a great choice if you want to brew larger batches of delicious pour over coffee and have a penchant for stunning design.
- The Coffee Chronicler
Part of the magic behind this brew method is the Chemex double bonded filter. Due to the micro fine paper design, the coffee is extremely clean once brewed. The paper "catches" many of the small coffee particles that usually make it into your cup. Clarity and cleanliness are two qualities that the Chemex boasts.
- Little Coffee Place
Made from Borosilicate glass with double-bonded filtration, the Classic is perfect if you want gourmet coffee for a large family in a single brew.
- Prince La
March 1, 2019 | Full review
Something we love about the Chemex is that cleaning it is really easy, since its just a single glass vessel.
- Know Your Grinder
June 17, 2019 | Full review
The coffee produced was frankly delightful. You do need to artfully fold paper filters to fit, and waiting for 50oz of water to boil in your kettle takes a while… but it’s worth it.
- Coffee Dorks
Unlike most other pour-over brewers, the Chemex is capable of brewing for a couple of people or for a large group as they come in 6-, 8-, and even 10-cup brew-and-serve sizes; the proprietary Chemex filters contribute to a clean, sweet, articulate flavor in the cup.
- The Spruce Eats
May 22, 2019 | Full review
The glass may get hot as you brew, but you’ll love the elegant wooden grip that wraps the middle of the hourglass-shaped carafe—it will protect your hand from the heat and look absolutely stylish at the same time.
- faveable
July 31, 2018 | Full review
The Chemex makes an excellent cup of coffee, one that taste just as good as the coffee maker looks. Of course, brewing great coffee does require some skill and expertise, because the entire process is done by hand.
- Driftaway Coffee
October 26, 2016 | Full review
Another trend within the comments is how easy it is to keep the Chemex clean. A quick rinse or placing it in the dishwasher is all that’s needed. Unlike the single – serve or automatic drip coffee makers, there aren’t any plastic parts or tubes to keep clean.
- Enhanced Kitchen
November 27, 2018 | Full review
It is made of borosilicate glass. Before you freak out, take note that it is not the type of glass that is fragile. It is thick enough to withstand low heat and last long. Plus, the glass is also non-porous. This prevents the absorption of chemicals and odors that can have a negative impact in the flavor of your coffee. This way, you can expect only the purest taste from your caffeine fix.
- Koobie's Coffee
July 18, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The proprietary Chemex filters are a bit thicker, and therefore take out more of the coffee oils.
- The Coffee Chronicler
The filters can be pricey.
- Little Coffee Place
This carafe is not the most durable if you don’t treat it with care but if you respect your Chemex, you’ll get gourmet coffee for years at a very reasonable cost.
- Prince La
March 1, 2019 | Full review
One downside of the Chemex is that the curved shape can make cleaning a pain: A bottle brush or coffee-specific cleaning products will go a long way to keeping that glass sparkling.
- The Spruce Eats
May 22, 2019 | Full review
Only compatible with pricey Chemex coffee filters; glass loses heat quickly.
- faveable
July 31, 2018 | Full review
On the downside, one drawback of the Chemex seems to be the fragility of the product. Since it’s entirely made of glass, it stands to reason there will be complaints of it cracking or breaking.
- Enhanced Kitchen
November 27, 2018 | Full review
There is no function that keeps the coffee warm.
- Koobie's Coffee
July 18, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

CHEMEX delivers the purest flavor experience. Made of non-porous Borosilicate glass which will not absorb odors or chemical residues. CHEMEX pour-over allows coffee to be covered and refrigerated for reheating without losing flavor. Simple, easy to use with timeless, elegant design. Use CHEMEX Bonded Filters FP-1, FC-100, FS-100, FSU-100.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 16
2. Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker With Permanent Filter
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 20
3. OXO BREW Pour Over Coffee Dripper, Single Serve
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Chemex Classic Series Glass Pour-Over Coffee Maker, 8 Cup
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 12
6. Coffee Gator Pour Over Kettle
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 13
7. E-PRANCE Pour Over Coffee Filter Cone
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Melitta Pour-Over Coffee Brewer, 6 Cup
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Pour Over Makers

Although single-cup coffeemakers and drip brewers may be unrivaled for convenience, they can’t quite get around the fact that flavor is typically lost through the brewing process. For that reason, true coffee connoisseurs have fallen in love with pour over coffeemaking in recent years. Traditionally, pour over coffeemaking was too complicated, requiring special equipment and plenty of patience. However, manufacturers have come up with tools that give you great flavor without all the work.

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One of the reasons the pour over method is so useful is that it doesn’t always require paper filters, which trap some of the natural oils in coffee along with the grounds. So you’ll find that the pour over coffeemakers on the market today try to honor that, with many offering stainless steel reusable filters that are both good for the environment and great for preserving flavor.

Paperless filtering helps keep natural oils from coffee, leading to a richer flavor. However, you may find that without that excess filtration, you get some grounds in your coffee. Coffeemakers with microfiber paper and narrow openings can help ensure your cup is as clean as possible, but be aware this can dull the taste.

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If you’ve never used a pour over coffeemaker before, you’re understandably concerned about the learning curve. Some coffeemakers come with recipe books, but you can also easily find instructions online, including videos that walk you through it. It may take a bit of a learning curve, but it will be well worth it in the end.

Before you buy, consider the capacity you’ll want. Pour over coffee isn’t meant to be like that pot of coffee you make at seven a.m. that takes you all the way through lunch. Instead, it’s intended to make only enough for the cup you’re presently drinking. However, if you have two or more coffee drinkers in the house, it may be well worth getting a higher-capacity coffeemaker. Otherwise, you’ll have to heat water up separately for each person. Since pour over coffeemakers don’t have a way to stay warm in between cups, you’ll need to use each batch relatively quickly after heating the water up.

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DYWM Fun Fact

Modern coffee lovers owe thanks to a German entrepreneur named Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz, who was instrumental in a couple of major inventions that led to the way the hot beverage tastes today. In 1908, Melitta was unhappy with the flavor of the coffee coming from her percolator and began experimenting with other ways to brew. She discovered when she poured coffee through blotting paper from her son’s schoolbook, the taste improved. This was the beginning of the pour over method that led to Melitta Pour Over Coffemakers hitting the market in the 1930s. Melitta coffeemakers are still sold today, but Melitta is best known as the inventor of the coffee filter, which is even more widely in use.

The Pour Over Maker Buying Guide

  • The most important feature any pour over coffeemaker can have is taste. The nonporous glass in the Chemex Classic Glass Pour Over Coffeemaker keeps chemicals from the container from seeping into your coffee, ensuring a pure experience.
  • Another factor affecting coffee taste is filtration. The paper coffee filters typically used when brewing have a bad habit of absorbing the oils in the coffee, dulling the flavor. Many pour over coffeemakers feature reusable stainless steel filters that not only keep you from having to buy paper filters, but they allow for a richer flavor experience.
  • The Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker With Filter is made from laser-cut steel that makes it impossible for small particles to pass through. If you prefer paper filters, you’ll want to consider the Chemex Classic Glass Pour Over Coffeemaker, which requires separately purchased Chemex bonded filters. These filters use microfine paper that catches even the smallest coffee grounds to provide a truly clean cup of coffee. These filters are a bit pricey, so make sure you factor that in if you’re comparing prices. However, the trade-off of having a particle-free cup of coffee is that you’ll lose those natural oils that looser filters allow through.
  • Capacity is an important consideration. If you’re only planning to make one or two cups of coffee a day, the Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker With Filter or OXO BREW Pour Over Coffee Dripper will work fine. However, if you need to make more cups at a time, consider the Chemex Classic Glass Pour Over Coffeemaker, which comes in either 3, 6, 8 or 10-cup models. The Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker with Filter comes in 17, 34 or 51-ounce versions.
  • One feature you may not think about with pour over coffee is how warm it will stay once you’ve poured your first cup. This is especially important if you’re investing in a coffeemaker with a capacity that goes beyond one cup. There is no function that keeps pour over coffeemakers warm when not in use, so larger-capacity models may not be very useful unless you’re making coffee for multiple people at once.
  • Some pour over coffeemakers are plastic, while others are made from glass. The biggest benefit of plastic-based coffeemakers is that they’re more durable than glass usually is. The OXO BREW Pour Over Coffee Dripper is plastic, while the Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker With Filter is made from glass and therefore not as likely to survive a drop. But you do sacrifice taste with plastic, as water heated in plastic can taste slightly contaminated. To overcome this limitation while also being somewhat durable, the Chemex Classic Glass Pour Over Coffeemaker and Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker with Filter are both made from borosilicate glass, which is thick enough that it can take the heat and handle gentle drops. It’s important to note that this doesn’t make them completely shatter-resistant, just more so than coffeemakers made from thinner types of glass.
  • Safety is another consideration if you choose glass over plastic. Glass can more easily transfer heat to your hands. To compensate for that, the Chemex Classic Glass Pour Over Coffeemaker and Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker with Filter have a collar around the middle of each carafe that you can use when picking it up. The Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker With Filter keeps you safe with a rubber handle. You’ll still need to be careful where you grab any time you have heated liquids inside glass.