If you're a coffee lover, chances are you've heard of the CHEMEX® coffeemaker. But do you know the history behind this iconic brewing method?
The Chemex was invented in 1941 by Dr Peter Schlumbohm, a chemist with over 300 patents throughout his career. Schlumbohm's goal was to create functional, attractive, and enjoyable everyday objects, and the Chemex was no exception.
As a chemist, Schlumbohm understood the science behind coffee extraction and set out to design a brewing method that would result in the perfect cup every time. He developed the double-bonded CHEMEX Bonded™ paper filters, allowing for optimal flavour and caffeine extraction from coffee beans.
For the carafe, Schlumbohm drew inspiration from the Bauhaus design school and created an hourglass shape made from a single piece of borosilicate glass. He chose non-porous labware to ensure that the carafe would not impart any flavour to the coffee.
Today, the CHEMEX® is recognised and awarded by both the scientific and design communities. It can be found in museums throughout the world, including the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, and MOMA, NY.
CHEMEX® Corporation has remained a family-owned company for over 40 years, and they are honoured to carry on the legacy of Dr Schlumbohm and his iconic coffeemaker.