This Giveaway is now Closed. Thanks to everyone who entered and an extra thanks to those who donated!
So, it's the end of April. It's a kind of a lovely day here; I've had my coffee and some breakfast, and I am Filled with Good Will Towards Man. And coffee. Made in my Chemex. Which is just The Best Thing.
I've given away a Chemex before, but I'm doing it again. Because I really want you guys to experience the Chemex Goodness.
Wait. What's a Chemex? Fair question. I mean, I didn't know until I started searching for coffee makers that didn't contain plastic or rely on Pods. I am not a Pod Person. Bad things come out of Pods.
Anyway, the Chemex coffee maker is nothing more than an hourglass-ish shaped glass vessel. I say that like it's no big deal, but it is magic. It's designed to hold a conical filter in the top part and drip Gorgeous coffee down into the bottom part. Why are they so great? Well, for one: the filter. It's thicker than a standard filter, and it keeps out a lot of the weird oils that can end up floating on top of your cup once it starts to cool off a bit. For another: you boil your own water and pour it over the coffee yourself. So you can brew with water that's hot enough to actually extract all the goodness without all the bitterness. The result: a clean, bright cup of coffee.
The only trick is to grind your coffee Just So so that you can pour all of the water through in no more than about 6 minutes. Four is ideal, according to the Chemex folks. If your grind is too fine to allow brewing in 6-ish minutes, you'll start pulling out flavors that you Just Don't Want in your coffee. And you'll be sad. It'll take a few tries for you to find your perfect grind and pour-over time, but it is so worth it. Just ask anyone who has a Chemex or just loves pour-over, or manual drip, coffee.
So, what do you get? You get one 6-cup (in the Wonderful World of Chemex, a "cup" is 5 ounces, so yours will hold 30 ounces) Chemex coffee maker and a box of 100 Chemex filters. There are two styles of Chemex coffee maker. One employs a cool wooden collar that goes around the neck of the Vessel so you can grab it. It is Very Cool Looking, but kind of inconvenient and awkward. My Chemex, and the style I'm giving away, has a glass handle to make grabbing and pouring much easier. I was tempted by the cool wooden collar, but I'm glad I have the one with the handle, so that's what you'll get.
And how do you enter? Leave a separate comment for each entry.
- Leave a comment to let me know how you take your coffee.
- Tweet about my giveaway and then leave a comment saying you did, along with the url of your tweet. (Find your tweet. Click open then on details. Copy/paste the url into your comment over here).
- For 2, yes TWO BONUS ENTRIES, donate to my fundraiser. There's a link over there in the sidebar underneath my picture that says "Donate to my JCAPL Fundraiser. Just click there and follow the rules to give however much you'd like. Then leave a comment letting me know you donated. There is no minimum donation--even a dollar will go straight to the Johnston County Animal Protection League, and whether you give twenty dollars or one dollar, you'll get two extra entries!
I'll be choosing a winner using the random number generator at Random.org on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at noon, EDT, so be sure to have your entries in by then.
Rules The Giveaway is Now Over
Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to US and Canadian readers.
Please leave separate comments for the first two entries. If you combine the first two chances in one comment thusly "I like my coffee black and I tweeted. Here's the url," it will only count as one entry.
If you do decide to donate, one comment is sufficient for two extra chances, so you'll be leaving a maximum of three comments.
Please leave me a valid email address so I can get in touch with you. If I don't have a valid email address for the winner, I'll choose another. Claim your prize via email within 48 hours--by Friday, May 4, 2012 at noon, EDT--or I'll pick another winner. And again, have your entries in no later than noon, EDT on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
The Chemex folks have nothing to do with this giveaway. I just love my Chemex and want you to have one too. I'm buying this with my own pennies just because I want to spread the Chemex love.
And that pretty much does it. Thanks for reading, good luck in the giveaway, and if you do decide to donate, thank you so very much. It means a lot, and possibly everything to unwanted animals in our community.
Have a lovely day.