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More balance and more flavor with Chemex. (Courtesy of Chemex)

Brew It Yourself

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Jen Schwartz

Chemex Coffeemaker

Unlike automatic-drip machines that direct a focused stream of water over one area of grounds, pour-over brewers like the six-cup Chemex allow you to saturate the coffee more evenly, resulting in a balanced and flavorful cup. Not only was the Chemex the best looking of the manual drip systems we tested, but because the cone and carafe are a single sheet of glass, it was the easiest to clean.

Bodum French Press

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The press produces a rich cup of coffee. (Courtesy of Bodum)

The baristas at Portland, Oregon–based Stumptown Roasters obsess over every cup. The hardware they use most? The French press, like Bodum’s 34-ounce Chambord. This is partly due to the press pot’s simplicity: add water, wait a few minutes, plunge the grounds home. But mainly it’s because the technique produces a rich, robust cup in less time than drip devices like the Chemex. We like the Chambord best because its double-walled glass keeps your brew warm longer, while the stainless-steel casing helps protect it from inevitable drops.

Rok Espresso Machine

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Best espresso you'll ever make. (Courtesy of ROK)

Espresso machines are expensive and require a lot of maintenance. That’s why Britain’s ROK, with its heavy steel hand pump, is such a brilliant brewer. The pump forces highly pressurized water through finely ground coffee, but it does so via muscle power, not damage-prone moving parts. It takes some practice to get the pressure right, but for the price, the ROK is the best coffeemaker on the planet.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021 Lead Photo: Courtesy of Chemex