If you have found yourself turning into a coffee snob – and if you live in Ashburn, it’s almost a requirement – you may have found yourself purchasing a Chemex.
I found a number of number of people – led by journalist Salena Zito – discussing on Twitter one day how a Chemex will allow you to brew the perfect cup of coffee. So many people piled in to agree with this that whether it mattered or not, I had to have one. In my world, the person with most culinary toys wins, and a Chemex was not in my collection.
The Chemex was easy to acquire for about $50, but the special coffee filters for the Chemex were not. A lot of places carry them, but for the last three months, they weren’t available at local stores. Usually when that happens you go to Amazon, but when you went there, the filters that should be $9.95 or less were selling for $22 a box and higher. Turns out that a few assorted clowns realized a lot of people get them for Christmas, so these entrepreneurs went around and bought up all the available inventory, then resold them on Amazon for a much higher price. Judging from comments I read online, this was going on just about everywhere.
Places like Chemex sold them online for $9.95, but unlike Amazon, where if you buy $25 of more freight is free, Chemex does not offer this. So by the time you add in freight, it’s about $22....