Gifts for the New Depression: Chemex Coffee Maker $40

Invented by German-born chemist Peter J. Schlumbohm in 1941, the Chemex Coffee Maker has been in production for the past five decades. To make the one-piece drip filter utensil, Schlumbohm combined a modified heat resistant glass funnel with an E-flask, a widely used type of laboratory flask. He added a two-piece removable wood collar with leather tie to serve as a heat absorbing handle. The protruding “belly button” marks the flask’s half-way point.

Available at Intelligentsia Coffee in Silver Lake, Groundworks in Venice (Rose Ave. location) and on the official Chemex site, the Chemex Coffee Maker is also included in the design collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian,

Intelligentsia Silver Lake, 3922 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90029; Groundworks, 671 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

3 thoughts on “Gifts for the New Depression: Chemex Coffee Maker $40”

  1. I’m not trying to be negative, but how is a 40 dollar coffee maker the coffee maker for the New Depression? Why would anyone spend 40 dollars on their 99cent coffee. I don’t give a crap how it tastes I just want it to wake me up.

    What you do is get a pot, boil some water in it and get a clean sock to but your coffee grinds in (and don’t be wasteful you can reuse those grinds about three times) and there you go. That’s the New Depression coffee pot. Screw specialty coffee shops, they are going down with all of this other bs.


  2. I don’t know about the depression coffee, but I have one of these that I got a long time ago at a thrift store and I love it. The filter papers are pricey–you can’t use the Melitta type that have the bottom and edge stamped together unless you use two, one inside the other. I got some fine screening, made a holder for the paper filter and it works fine. I also make a pot of tea the same way (using loose tea, which I prefer).
    I think Chal may be referring to the date of the origin of the coffee maker…and perhaps that it’s low tech…

  3. 1941 was post-depression and the US had shifted to a war time economy and was powering back to full steam ahead employment and factory output.

    I’m watching this current recession as its global in scale and just wonder how slow it will all get before it starts to level and improve.

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