Everyone deserves to be able to start their day with a fresh cup of coffee, so we’ve looked for the best appliances to help you brew barista-level coffee at home. The Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker was our pick for those who need to brew a cup — or two — for everyone in their household.
Best pour over coffee maker for a group
For those times when you need to brew multiple cups at once, you can’t go wrong with the Chemex Glass Coffee Maker. It delivers a light, flavorful, and balanced brew every time. An all-in-one model, there is no need for a separate carafe.
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What we loved
First of all, we wouldn’t blame you at all if you bought a Chemex just for its sleek beauty. Invented by chemist Peter Schlumbohm in 1941, the classic pour-over coffee maker, with its leather and wood collar, is inspired by both the Erlenmeyer flask and the design of the Bauhaus era, and is part of the collection permanent at MoMA.
But here’s the thing: it also produces a wonderfully light, delicious and flavorful coffee. An all-in-one model that doubles as a carafe, dripper and pitcher, it can brew up to eight cups at a time, making it a fantastic alternative for a couple or small group.
Like all the drippers we’ve tested, it takes some trial and error with your pouring technique and water to grounds ratio to find your ideal brew. But even when we just looked at the amount of water we poured, we found cup after cup of coffee that rivals what we get at our favorite gourmet shop in Java. Even better, it lets coffee pouring beginners take some of the pouring precision out of the equation with a button-sized marker that tells you when the carafe is half full; and you know it’s full when the coffee reaches the bottom of the neck.
What we didn’t like
Obviously it takes longer to brew eight cups (we clocked ours at just over four minutes), so while the Chemex proved to be one of the hottest coffee temperatures in our tests , if two people share the glass carafe (which loses heat rather quickly), your last cups will be noticeably colder than the first. To combat this, we preheated the container with hot water (empty it just before starting the brewing process), which helped keep the coffee hotter for longer. You can also keep the carafe warm on a glass or gas hob over low heat.
One downside of the Chemex: it requires special Chemex paper filters which aren’t exactly the cheapest. They’re not always in stock on Amazon (again, you might want to buy more than one box at a time if you’re a frequent user). Filters, which are heavier than most brands, should be bent according to instructions to create a cone-shaped funnel. The advantage of agitation is that the extra thickness does a great job of filtering out any particles that might squeeze through other paper filters.
Cleaning is also trickier with the Chemex due to its hourglass design, but we found a bottle brush to be able to scrub hard-to-reach places. And although we washed our carafe by hand (removing the wooden collar first), the glass is also dishwasher safe.
How it compares to other coffee makers we recommend
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The best pour over coffee maker for beginners
Best Pour-Over Coffee Maker for Multiple Cups
|What we liked||With three drip holes, the Kalita Wave makes it easier and even to saturate coffee grounds. The machine produced a rich, robust single cup of coffee, was user-friendly, and easy to clean.||Clearly marked with measuring lines, the OXO Brew’s plastic reservoir holds up to 12 ounces of water and regulates the drip for you. With the OXO Brew, there’s no need to worry about pouring too much or too little water, getting the swirl just right, allowing enough time for soils to flower and settle, etc. .||This aesthetic coffee maker also produces wonderfully light, delicious and flavorful coffee. An all-in-one model that doubles as a carafe, dripper and pitcher, it can brew up to eight cups at a time, making it a fantastic alternative for a couple or small group.|
|What we didn’t like||Our only weak point with this dripper is the fact that you have to use special Kalita Wave white paper filters for brewing, which are a bit pricey at around $17 for 50.||The coffee wasn’t as robust as that produced by some of the other models; we found it a little weak. However, by experimenting with adding more grind at a finer size, we were able to focus on a bolder brew.||Obviously, it takes longer to brew eight cups and keeping all that coffee hot among fewer drinkers can be a challenge. This manufacturer also requires special Chemex paper filters which are not exactly the cheapest.|
|Key specs||Makes between 16 and 26 ounces in 2 ½ minutes||Holds up to 12 ounces of water and automatically regulates the drip. Makes coffee in about 2 ½ minutes||Makes eight cups in just over four minutes|
The bottom line
For those looking for a pouring machine that will make multiple cups at once – and one that will look extremely good, there’s no better option than the Chemex.