Saturday, June 14, 2008

so it wouldn't be french-press, but german-drip?

coffee is good. i have a pyrex french-press in which i brew strong coffee for consumption in small glasses, with ice. and then i saw a picture of this thing, and it looks neat. and it claims to have made illustrious food writer and gastronomer m.f.k. fisher's favorite cup of coffee! and i do love me some mary fisher. so thank you BoingBoing! the below excerpt is from Gourmet magazine, in an article about the guy who invented the neat-looking Chemex coffee maker.

"The Chemex coffee maker is part chemist’s funnel, part Erlenmeyer flask, with a blond leather band in the middle corseting its hourglass curves. An iconic symbol of German modernism and simple, functional Bauhaus style, the device—a Pyrex glass container with a sturdy paper filter—produced M.F.K. Fisher’s favorite cup of coffee and still holds an alluring power over coffee purists and design geeks. Its success launched its inventor, Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, into the arms of the design establishment (the coffee maker has been a part of the MOMA’s design collection since 1944, just three years after Schlumbohm patented it), and in the early years of World War II, it was considered a patriotic alternative to products made from metals and plastics (which were essential to the war effort). A Time Magazine article from November 1946 quotes the ebullient inventor as saying, “with the Chemex, even a moron can make good coffee.”

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