The secret to perfect coffee... every time
The CHEMEX® coffeemaker was invented in 1941 by the eccentric chemist
Dr. Peter Schlumbohm. Throughout his career he developed over 300 patents,
ranging from cocktail shakers to automobiles. His focus was on making
everyday objects more functional, attractive and enjoyable to use.
When designing the CHEMEX®, Schlumbohm desired to not only make
brewing the perfect cup simple, but also to have the vessel be a thing of
beauty. Being a chemist, he studied and understood clearly the chemistry
behind the extraction of flavor and caffeine from coffee beans. It was this
knowledge that led him to invent the double bonded CHEMEX® paper filters
for a perfect extraction every time. For the carafe, Schlumbohm was inspired
by the Bauhaus school of design and non-porous labware that would impart
no flavor of its own. Using these elements he fashioned the hourglass shape
that has now become an iconic part of American history. Made simply from
one piece of borosilicate glass and adorned with a wooden collar and
rawhide tie, the CHEMEX® is pure in both form and function.
It has been recognized and awarded by both the scientific community as
well as the art and design communities. The CHEMEX® can be found in
museums throughout world and is included in the permanent collection at
the Brooklyn Museum, Corning Museum of Glass and MOMA, NY.
The Museum of Modern Art displayed it as one of the best-designed
products in 1943.
The CHEMEX® coffeemaker was also selected by the Illinois Institute of
Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times.
Chemex Corporation has been a family owned company for over 30 years. We
are honored to carry on the historical and iconic legacy of Dr. Schlumbohm
and his Chemex coffeemaker.
Our passion is in finding the flavors of the world and bringing them to your kitchen. Visit us at our Hood River shop, nestled in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, only one hour from Portland, Oregon. We have regular demos, and you can sample any of our flavors before you take them home.
If you cannot visit our shop, our online store allows you to take these taste home from the comfort of your own living room. We have fun gifts, hard to find spices, premium olive oil and vinegar, and quality kitchen wares.
We are located in the heart of downtown Hood River.
105 Oak Street, Hood River, OR 97031