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Posted Wed May 21, 2008, 12:00am
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Using a Siphon Coffee Maker

A text and visual walk through on how to use a siphon coffee device (also known as a vacpot, syphon coffee maker, vacuum brewer, etc). Includes some history and alternative techniques.
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Posted Wed May 21, 2008, 8:37pm
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Here's a couple of other tips about using a vacpot, and how to obtain one:

Hot
Siphon brewed coffee arrives in your cup very very hot. If you drink your coffee black, keep this in mind. The method of brewing, the negative pressure, steam filled environment, plus the short "travel" the coffee takes all mean the finished brew is extra hot - about 180F or higher by the time it's in your cup.

Drip coffee can be brewed with the same temperature water, but the brewed coffee travels longer through normal temperature air (which gradually gets hotter), and takes longer, sitting in a carafe, as a comparison.

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While I wish these guys would advertise with CoffeeGeek, I do have to recommend the only importer of Hario products in the US or Canada: Avenue 18 Tea Merchants. Their prices are better than the previous importer, and they have a full range of replacement parts. But (and there's no kidding in this), about 99% of their websales are driven by word of mouth through this website and others (and me talking them up in various articles) - so if you buy from them, suggest heavily on the phone they should help support this website, since it drives a lot of sales their way.

Another popular brand is the Yama line, which can be found at the following recommended sources: www.ourcoffeebarn.com, www.sweetmarias.com, www.greenbeanery.ca, www.fantes.com . They are usually the stovetop models. The one like I used in the how to is pretty rare over here.

Bodum still makes its line of vacuum brewers, and they can be found on Amazon.com

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Posted Wed May 21, 2008, 10:16pm
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Mark! you forgot the plastic mesh a la Bodum Santos ( this little fellow: https://id38.securedata.net/sweetmarias /BODUMproducts/bodum.santos.filter.jpg )
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Posted Wed May 21, 2008, 10:21pm
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Didn't forget it - it's mentioned:

Nylon Mesh: Several electric siphon coffee brewers, including the (now defunct) Black and Decker Infuze, or the Bodum Electric Santos, use a one piece filter assembly that has nylon mesh inserts to allow brewed coffee to pass through. These are fairly effecient designs, letting more coffee oils pass through than paper does, but they are quite fragile and easily torn. Cleanup is pretty easy - some are rated as dishwasher safe.

I just didn't include the photograph I took of it, because the photo was poorly exposed. I'll probably reshoot and include it later on.

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Posted Wed May 21, 2008, 11:51pm
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Okie, my bad, I apologize :)

I thought you were talking about some nylon cloth-like filter
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Posted Thu May 22, 2008, 3:44am
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Mark,
This is your best article on your (and mine) favorite brewing method.  I always refer my friends and readers of my website to you for the best source on all things vacpots. Thanks for a great article.

Robert Badgett
www.aboutcoffee.net
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Posted Thu May 22, 2008, 5:08am
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This is very timely!  I just unpacked my vacuum pot, which I had left in storage for two years as I prepared to move to China, and now that I'm staying here for the long haul, it and all my other kitchen stuff made the journey over.  Unfortunately, I had completely forgotten how to use it, so I was afraid it would end up sitting there like a piece of art until I got up the energy to search for instructions.  Now, here I am sitting an excellent cup of coffee (made with Intelligentsia Zirikana by the way), using instructions that just appeared in my inbox.  Thanks!!
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Posted Thu May 22, 2008, 5:11am
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Mark, great article, you are the first to offer an explanation of how it works that I understood, and I have a BS in chemistry and a doctorate in a related "science".

Question: your article in Imbibe did not have the vac pot as the preferred method which delayed me from getting one. They preferred the press pot. Your online article has the vac pot as your favorite. What gives?

Comment: I used to clean my Yama cloth filter in Cafiza after every other use. It stayed slightly brown but the taste was fine. This wet cloth grossed me out and I bought a glass rod filter which can be cleaned easily. The sediment is not a problem after being a press pot user.

I still use my Zojirushi water heater timed to provide the hot water when I awake for my a.m. vac pot. Thanks for that tip.

Marvin
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Posted Thu May 22, 2008, 9:24am
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Quick comment: I disagree that glass rods allow coffee sediment to come down from the top chamber.  I've been using a Cona D with a glass rod for years, and the only times I get visible sediment are when I accidentally hit the rod during my stir.  Ordinarily, the cup is just as clean with the glass rod as it is with a cloth filter on a Hario TCA-2.
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Posted Thu May 22, 2008, 9:28am
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It is well organized and quite detailed explanation.

Every tool may have someone who prefer it, so it should be advised.

I personally do not quite like this tool, because the water temperature is too high and the coffee may always have too low level of sourness (is it a wrong name?).  I prefer the balanced sourness and bitterness, personally.

There is one thing which make it not easy (able) to control, that is the water temperature.  While for press pot, everything can be controlled easily.  That is why I like it.

 
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