When I first saw the Cosori Pour Over Coffee Maker I saw the resemblance immediately.
It looks a lot like a Chemex except that the brewer is set up to use a metal cone filter instead of a paper filter. Why would you want to use a metal filter instead of the thick Chemex paper filter? Three reasons come to mind. First, some people prefer coffee that tastes richer with all the oils, like the French Press. Second, you’ll never accidentally run out of filters. And third, you’ll save money by not having to buy paper filters.
Look at the photo below. On the left is the Cosori and on the right is a Chemex. Separated at birth?
Left: Cosori, Right: Chemex
Cosori set up
The Cosori has 5 small holes at the bottom of its metal cone filter.
This is usually the part of the article where we here at INeedCoffee put together a step-by-step guide on how to brew coffee with the brewer being discussed. But we don’t need to this time, because the steps to brew pour-over coffee with the Cosori are basically the same as the Chemex, with the exception that you don’t have to fuss with a paper filter.
See Chemex Coffee Brewing – History and Tutorial for guidance or use the instructions clearly written on the side of the Cosori box.
The reason you would purchase the Cosori is you like the design and need a pour-over coffee maker capable of making a lot of coffee at once. If you are just making coffee for yourself, getting any generic Pour Over Coffee Dripper Stainless Steel that brews directly into your cup would be a better option and take up less counter space.
However, if you like the design and you are the type of coffee drinker that wants the coffee with all the oils in a “Chemex-like” glass container, consider the Cosori. The glass is thick and I like the handle as much as the handle on my Chemex. The clean-up is easy as well.
At the time of this writing, you can get one for under $30, whereas an 8-cup Chemex is closer to $50.
On a side note, the metal filter included in the Cosori also fits the Chemex. I don’t believe Cosori sells the metal filter separately, but others sell similar stainless steel metal cone filters that I’m sure you could drop into your Chemex if you wanted to try to make coffee like a Cosori.
Chemex Coffee Brewing – History and Tutorial – INeedCoffee article for Chemex.
How to Make Iced Coffee in a Chemex – You can also make iced coffee with your Cosori. Just follow this guide and use the metal filter instead.
Coffee Brewing Guide – Our collection of coffee brewing tutorials.
Disclosure: INeedCoffee received a Cosori for this article, which did not influence its content.