Chemex: Mostly known for its iconic shape, this hourglass-shaped glass brewer utilizes thick-bonded filter paper that results in a very tea-like cup of coffee. We think it expresses the flavors of lighter-roasted, fruit-forward coffees the best.
V60: Like the Chemex, the V60 is conical brewer than comes in a glass, ceramic, and metal version. Its interior contains spiraled ridges that maximize the ground bed’s ability to expand in the brewer.
Kalita Wave: This brewer has a flat bottom unlike the v60 and Chemex which allows for a more even extraction by making the ground bed flat the flow rate more predictable. It also utilizes a filter with waved sides that act like the ridges on the V60.
Other Types of Filter Coffee
Automatic Coffee Maker: More commonly referred to as a “coffee pot” this filter brew method was the American standard before coffee-pod machines made it to the scene. They are making a comeback with companies like Moccamaster who make a very precise automatic brewer.
French Press: Another classic, the French press utilizes immersion extraction brewing. Once the coffee has reached the desired strength, you plunge the press and a wire mesh filter separates the coffee from the grounds. This produces a very heavy cup.
Aeropress: Shaped like a giant syringe, the Aeropress is another immersion brewer. Coffee and hot water are added to the center chamber and after the desired brew time has elapsed, the plunger is pushed and the coffee is separated by a filter at the bottom of the chamber.
Whether you're having a poor over in a coffee shop or starting your own hand-pour journey at home, the best way to become a master at making great filter coffee by doing it. Cheers!