I did a search for this but could only find it briefly mentioned in related threads rather than it having its own thread.
Normally this isn't something I'd even consider but ever since I started coming to this site a few days ago I've been questioning a lot of preconceived notions I have in regards to coffee and my own preferences. Malcolm Gladwell would be impressed.
In researching the Chemex I was a bit put off by the notion of paper filters so I looked for a permanent option and obviously found the Kone. My question is to people who have used both and what the differences are between them and whether or not they prefer one or the other.
Got my chemex last year and love it, I have only ever used paper filters at home and enjoy the brew it makes. But some people say the paper removes some of the coffee oils.
I have had chemex coffee @ Padre and it's very similar, I did have some "bits" in the bottom of the cup, doesn't bother me but you don't get that with paper filters.
I use a 6 cup Chemex and have for a while now. My taste preference is very much for filtered/pour over (lighter roasted) coffee nowadays. I regularly use a number of different non-espresso methods to make coffee including Hario V60, Aeropress, CCD, French Press & Chemex. By far my favorite method (for taste and aesthetics) is the Chemex. It gives the 'cleanest' cup by a long shot removing all the sediment and only leaving the natural bean characteristics (as such lending itself to lighter roast profiles where these characteristics are more pronounced). As far as paper taste I make sure I pour probably 300-400mls of boiling water through the paper filter prior to using it (which also preheats the Chemex to assist with a more stable temperature in the coffee bed = more even extraction) which gets rid of any paper taste. That being said, I am not adverse to a fuller body (with the coffee oils intact) coffee, but I will use French Press if this is the favour profile I am after.
Great point ThankDog, I'm using a standard V60 but am thinking about getting the Kone, too.
Would love some more detailed reviews (and comparison to V60) from someone who's used it!