At first glance, I found Chemex's glass coffeemaker confusing. Though it's a lovely contraption, its claims to use chemically correct methods for brewing were a bit intimidating. Turns out, though, that it's a relatively simple stand-up coffee system that employs special filter paper (which keeps out any impurities). The thick glass doesn't absorb any coffee or impart its own strange flavor. It's portable, durable, straightforward, and elegant. Its only drawback seems to be the $80 price tag.