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The Chemex Coffeemaker is a manual coffeemaker. It was introduced, and continues to be manufactured, by the Chemex Corporation in Pittsfield, Massachusetts by Peter Schlumbohm, who invented it in 1941. The device consists of an hourglass-shaped glass flask which resembles an Erlenmeyer flask, with a conical, rather than cylindrical neck. It uses proprietary filters which are thicker than standard drip coffee filters. Coffee is made by first placing the filter and grounds in the neck of the flask, heating water in a separate vessel, "blooming" the grounds by adding a small amount of water to moisten them, and finally pouring the desired quantity of water over the grounds.The Chemex, having no corrosive elements, produces pure drip coffee with less bitterness—to the extent that the coffee can be refrigerated and reheated without sacrificing flavor. Polished wood color with insulating leather tie is removable for cleaning. May also be used for tea, iced coffee and beverage infusions. Use with Chemex filters (sold separately).