You might have noticed several cafes and webshops around the world are currently out of stock of Chemex brand paper filters. Why is the Chemex filter in such low-supply and high-demand? Could it be because of Chemex's patented bonded filters? Is it because Chemex brand filters are 20-30% heavier than other filters on the market? Is it because, according to Chemex, Chemex brand paper filters are “scientifically designed to give you the perfect cup of brewed coffee every time?”
The answer is anyone's guess, really, but it's probably due to the paper and PPE shortage that has befallen the world due to COVID-19. There was a brief blip at the beginning of the pandemic when coffee filters were being used as an alternative (this has been determined to be a bad idea). As the United States enters its “third wave” and Europe enters its second, we're facing an unprecedented Chemex filter shortage and watching as price-gouging resellers are selling ~$10 boxes of filters for upwards of $60.
Running low? Don't fall for imitations, don't get gouged, and shop local! We scoured the internet and found a select number of retailers that are currently carrying Chemex filters at a reasonable price.
Seattle Coffee Gear – Seattle, Washington
Seattle Coffee Gear currently has the pre-folded square filter 100-pack (FS-100) in stock. Buy now!
Camber Coffee – Bellingham, Washington
Camber Coffee has the pre-folded square filter 100-pack (FS-100) in stock. Buy now!
Amavida Coffee – Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Amavida Coffee currently has the natural pre-folded square filters (FSU-100) in stock. Buy now!
Ratio Coffee – Portland, Oregon
Ratio Coffee sells the Chemex Round Filters (FC-100) for their glass carafes and thermal drippers. Buy now!
Listed as coming soon…
Blue Bottle – Various locations
Blue Bottle typically carries the FS-100 filter pack. It is currently listed as “coming soon”.
Do you have a lead on a Chemex filter reseller? Let us know and we'll add it to the list!