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The Ottomatic is for those of you who want the great brew of a Chemex but are in no way able to operate at that level of functionality before drinking a cup of coffee -- the great paradox of pour overs everywhere.
Art museums are, for the most part, full of paintings and sculptures you might love to own — a Renoir for the living room, that Rodin for the backyard — but never could afford. In Atlanta, The High Museum of Art is showing some museum-quality objects that have been affordable over the decades, either as originals or knock-offs.
James Bond was a coffee snob. For real. Total coffee snob. I discovered this while reading the 1957 Bond novel, "From Russia With Love."
The Chemex almost looks like something out of a science experiment. It looks cool and shows friends that you are a true coffee geek. Even better than that is the coffee that it brews. It produces stronger coffee than from a drip brewer, with a smoother taste and more flavor.
Often, a pedigree like this speaks to form more than function — plenty of gorgeous, impractical things are found at MoMA. But the Chemex really works, a cult object within the world of coffee.
Modern by Design taps ordinary 20th century items which The Museum of Modern Art in New York bought for their permanent collection — and are now lending to the High.
The Chemex coffee maker not only has a place in the Museum of Modern Art, its elegance and function have earned it a permanent place on my kitchen counter.