Our Brewing Devices
The paper handfilter was designed and patented by Melitta Benz in 1908. In combination with a porcelain or glass filter basket it is one of the most versatile tools for making coffee. The method is commonly known as pour-over. Alternatives for home brewing can be filters made from cloth or metal cones. This is the ideal tool for people who like to experiment without getting too much equipment.
2. Karlsbad Brewer (Karlsbader Kanne)
Designed and manufactured in Karlsbad and Bayreuth/Germany in 1914, the Karlsbad Brewer is a manual three piece coffee brewer handcrafted entirely of porcelain. It is a beautifully designed device that is often used by professional coffee testers in Europe because it produces a clean, yet rich and full bodied taste, devoid of any flavors imparted by paper or other filters. This is the ideal tool for traditionalists and those who are environmentally conscious since it is paperless.
The Chemex was developed in 1941 by Berlin chemist, Dr. Peter Schlumbohn. Dr. Schlumbohn simply wanted better coffee that could be easily brewed while working at his lab. He invented a heat durable glass carafe with a wooden sleeve in which a filter could be inserted instead of assembling a whole machine. This simple, elegant design piece is exhibited at museums such as the MoMa in New York. The specific technique with how the Chemex square filter is folded ensures even extraction as well as safe pouring, making it a perfect tool for purists and lovers of bright, yet multi-layered coffees.
4. Syphon (Cona - Kanne)
The Syphon is the oldest and boldest manual coffee brewer out there. It was developed in 1830 by, yet again, a German Chemist wanting better coffee. The Syphon works by water compression through heat applied from below to a glass chamber and is a highly complicated and labor intensive device which demands attention and skill, largely due to a lack of automated temperature control during the brewing process. The device is visually stunning and produces the richest flavors that can be extracted from a coffee bean. The Syphon is the perfect tool for the home chemist wanting to impress guests and family.
5. French Press
It’s in the name. The French Press is NOT from Germany. In fact, it might not even be from France. Experts still debate which country first introduced this device. In any case, the French Press is a very common and fast way to brew coffee at home. Despite its popularity, many people don’t know how to extract the best coffee from it. The right kind of coffee, the proper grind, the perfect stir, water temperature and brewing time are all factors to be considered when using a French Press.
6. Cold Dripper
7. Aero Press