So, we had a French Press. Actually, we had two. And they were both glorious. They were easy to use, easy to store, and made some delicious coffee on many chilly mornings in our small RV. But there was a problem—I have a sort of superhuman strength that I can't really understand, and I ended up breaking BOTH of the French Presses. The first, I shoved off the counter whilst cleaning. The second, I was adding cinnamon into the grounds in the press, and tapped the cinnamon jar onto the lip of the press to get the contents out. Lo and behold, a slight crack formed, and just kept growing.
Long story short, we threw away both French Press contraptions, the original and replacement, and were out of options.
We didn't want to buy another French Press after spending almost $40 in the past two months on two. It just didn't seem like our investment was paying off in the long run. So for a while, we ended up doing things super old school, straining some grounds with boiling water through a filter. It was messy, and we often ended up with coffee grounds floating about, but it did the trick. You can buy a 200 pack of filters for $3, and there's no chance of shattering glass yet again.
But then my birthday rolled around..and we happened upon a coffee shop in Ukiah, California (more on that to come later, because Ukiah was AWESOME). The coffee shop was selling Chemex, something we had always wanted but never could muster spending $39 on. However, this particular coffee shop sent us a 20% off coupon and we thought, YES NOW IS THE TIME.
And we finally decided to buy a Chemex.
Let me tell you, the hype is real. We absolutely fell in love with our Chemex within the first few days of use. It is so simple to use, and such a beautiful design. It does take a bit of instruction in order to get it right, but the results are worth it. Our coffee isn't bitter EVER, it's always flavorful and strong. And there is something rewarding about brewing a cup from start to finish. There is a type of "Brewology" to Chemex that may take a bit to understand, but once you have it down, it's a cinch.
I highly recommend the Chemex to every coffee lover out there who craves a perfect cup of coffee every time. While we cut corners on most other areas of our life financially, a great cup of coffee is always worth it to us.
If you're thinking about purchasing a Chemex (CONGRATULATIONS) then check it out below. Amazon has some amazing deals, not to mention free shipping if you're a Prime member, or if you throw in some filters, too.
We bought the 6-cup, but probably could've stuck with a 3-cup seeing as how Vanessa drinks 1/2 of hers, and I drink 1-2 cups. But, then again, now we have a bigger carafe if and when we have guests.
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