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Old 11-21-2008, 05:56 AM   #1
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Been eyeing something to replace my french press with and saw this nifty gadget.... any of you guys have experience with one of these?

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Old 11-21-2008, 07:44 AM   #2
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Default Re: vacuum coffee makers?

Glass vacpots in are lovely to look at, fun to watch brewing, may burp near-boiling glops of coffee grounds on the stove, are fragile and the narrow-neck types are hard to clean without the right bottle brush. I have about a dozen vacpots and favor the stainless steel antiques (with metal filter disks) or wide-necked glass versions (with glass rod filter) for regular use. These are discontinued brewers found on ebay. If you use a glass rod or metal disk filter, grind quality will be an issue; if cloth or fine metal screen filter then grind quality is less critical.

One can debate if they make coffee any better than a press or not. I can't say.

Theory of vacpot goodness rests on the idea that, by the time brew water makes it into the north pot, the brewing temp is the perfect 195-205* range.

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http://baharris.org/coffee/VacuumCoffeePots.htm and http://home.planet.nl/~rjeroenv/links.html#7a
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: vacuum coffee makers?

Bust one of those out over a bunsen burner at Thanksgiving and you've got a real conversation starter
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Old 11-21-2008, 09:08 AM   #4
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Speaking of bust... if you have an electric stove be sure to put the south pot on a piece of wire mesh or the like to avoid direct contact with glass and heating element, right?
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I can hear the glass shattering...

Thanks Moo.. think I'll just stick to hoping I get a moka pot for christmas
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I can hear the glass shattering...

Thanks Moo.. think I'll just stick to hoping I get a moka pot for christmas
Bazillions of people use the Bodum pots with no problems. Please do not let me overstate the fragility and scare you off.
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Default Re: vacuum coffee makers?

I love my vac pot. I like it better than French press it seems more elegant.
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When I was a teenager, my uncle worked as a coffee distributor for restaurants. He always used a vacuum pot (glass pot with stainless top) at home. His coffee was awesome and helped to hook me on coffee as my favorite hot beverage at an early age.

I've been thinking of getting one, but I can't decide on that or a french press.


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When I was a teenager, my uncle worked as a coffee distributor for restaurants. He always used a vacuum pot (glass pot with stainless top) at home. His coffee was awesome and helped to hook me on coffee as my favorite hot beverage at an early age.

I've been thinking of getting one, but I can't decide on that or a french press.



Both? The press is cheap enough.... just haven't had the gusto to buy one to replace my last that broke...

Let me know when you get it, I wanna give it a go.
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Default Re: vacuum coffee makers?

I have the five cup stove top but have been thinking about upgrading to this:

http://www.espressoparts-usa.com/pro...ee_Brewer.html
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Default Re: vacuum coffee makers?

Got an 8 cup Yama Vacpot, love it! Makes excellent coffee and very easy. I now need to get a more manageable size. More coffee than I can drink by myself, although I always give it my best effort. On second thought, I see a nice thermos in my near future, packing the rest with me for the road.
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