Chemex Classic Series Glass Pour-Over Coffee Maker, 8 Cup

Last updated date: August 14, 2019

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 115 expert reviews, the Chemex Chemex Classic Series Glass Pour-Over Coffee Maker, 8 Cup placed 5th 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
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
943 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Made of non-porous borosilicate glass, it won’t absorb flavors and is heat-resistant. You can keep your coffee warm by placing the coffee maker directly on a glass stove top or gas flame over low heat.
- Roasty
March 7, 2018 | Full review
What we like the best about the product is that it is pretty safe to use. Even if you mistakenly touch the neck of the coffeemaker, it is guaranteed that you won’t end up burning your hands for this coffee maker has been structured in that way.
- Village Bakery
April 12, 2019 | Full review
Its classic, sturdy design consistently delivers high-quality coffee.
- Coffee or Bust
If you like to experiment with different brewing techniques, the Chemex affords you a great deal of scope to make adjustments with ease to suit your preferences.
- Fourth Estate Coffee
The filter is incredibly thick, which is good for removing bitter oils and leaving your coffee smoother, lighter, and sweeter.
- Your Coffee Buzz
If you cover the final product when it is in the recipient and refrigerate it, you can take it out later and reheat it without the brew losing its quality and taste. Made with non-porous borosilicate glass, the Chemex provides you with the healthiest coffee possible as it doesn’t absorb chemical residues or odors.
- Product Reviews
June 11, 2019 | Full review
The design is what steals the show here. This glass-made Pour Over Coffee Maker will add a classic touch to your kitchen.
- Coffee Maker
January 10, 2019 | Full review
You can store the remaining coffee in the pot in the fridge for reheating at a later time. The wood collar gives it a timeless and classic look. It will look good on your kitchen counter.
- Why Not Coffee
January 27, 2018 | Full review
The Chemex Classic is easy to clean, looks trendy on the kitchen counter, produces an incredibly tasty brew and can even be used for iced coffees.
- AG Ferrari
June 21, 2019 | Full review
The reason why this is one of the best pour over brewer is due to the fact that is has been created with a non-porous Borosilicate glass. This means that it will last for numerous years as it won’t absorb odours or the chemical residues.
- Coffeein Blog
What experts didn't like
Special filters can be expensive and difficult to find
- Coffee or Bust
Although it results in slightly more expensive filters, the double-bonded filtration results in a crisp and clean coffee every time so, for the purist, this is money well spent.
- Fourth Estate Coffee
The downside of a thick filter is that it takes a long time to brew. You’ll need to buy their special Chemex filters.
- Your Coffee Buzz
This may disappoint those who want fast brewing. Chemex is found to be slow with the filtering and brewing.
- Coffee Maker
January 10, 2019 | Full review
No permanent filter
- Why Not Coffee
January 27, 2018 | Full review
The shape of the bowl may be more difficult to clean, and some coffee drinkers don’t feel the Chemex filters help brew the strongest cup of coffee.
- AG Ferrari
June 21, 2019 | Full review
You have to use the patent filters
- Coffeein Blog

From The Manufacturer

Purchase from Authorized Resellers: e-Home Shopping, Barista Lab, Visions Espresso Service, TheShoppingTimes, Big Kitchen. 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.