Over Christmas, my future brother-in-law got a strange beaker as a gift. As a Starbucks employee, I had never seen such a thing, and had no concept of its almighty coffee making ability. Minutes later, I was drinking one of the smoothest cups of coffee I had ever had. At one point, I believed I had everything figured out; I make coffee professionally, after all. In one sip, everything I knew about the brewing process was shattered.
A few days later, I returned to work and my routine of drinking machine-made coffee, and it wasn't enough. I just didn't enjoy drip coffee anymore. There was a time when french press coffee satisfied my desires, but now I required a clean, grounds-free cup.
I spent hours, days, surfing Reddit, trying to understand an entire brewing sub-culture that I never really knew existed. I knew there were such a thing as coffee snobs and Starbucks-haters, but I never expected the entire new world I had discovered. There are thousands of factors that affect how coffee tastes: the time and way it's ground, the temperature, the brewing method, and even the filter. How could coffee made in something as simple as a beaker taste so good when Keurig's are so complex and expensive? I use the "pour-over" method at work all the time, but it didn't occur to me that something like the filter, or even glass had any affect on the taste.
All of these realizations may seem obvious to you, but I've been a tea guy for a very long time. I've had access to great tea so it was always hard for me to choose coffee over tea. My idea of sophisticated coffee was some cheap roast and a french press. Now that I have explored this coffee sub-culture, I just want to get deeper, and my new Chemex is just the beginning. Even something as simple as the Chemex has some complexity, such as the amount of coffee used, as well as the fineness of its grind. It's so interesting to me, seeing people's setups and all the different routes they take to a satisfactory cup of joe.
Long story short, I tried coffee from a Chemex, loved it, bought one, and now I want to get deeper into the coffee sub-culture that is becoming so prominent in this generation. If you love coffee, you should look into getting a Chemex, because it's pretty awesome.