See How the Iconic Chemex Coffee Brewer Is Made in Massachusetts

published Mar 11, 2015
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(Image credit: Liz Clayton for Sprudge)

The stylish glass Chemex coffee carafe is an icon of design, and it is enjoying a renaissance among coffee geeks. But where did it come from, and how is it made now? Sprudge takes us on a Chemex tour, from its early history to its present day home — a small, family-owned factory in Massachusetts.

This is a great read if you’re interested in coffee, modern design, or how businesses change and develop over time. Chemex changed hands several times since the 1930s, when it was begun by a German-born inventor with a wildly fertile imagination (he invented fans with the Chemex filter, cigarette holders, a “drink-chilling bed-tray,” even a car — yes, the Chemobile). It’s now owned by a family who has had to adapt to the new crowds of coffee-lovers coming back to this classic brewing method.

Read more: Journey To The Center Of The Chemex Factory by Liz Clayton at Sprudge