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steelersx
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Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013, 2:00pm
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I am a complete newbie to this site and this is my first post.
A friend recommended this site

I want to buy a Vacuum coffee maker
I like to buy things one time and get great quality

A few details:
My wife and I both love coffee so I would like a maker large enough for 2 large cups
I want thick sturdy glass
I want good high quality construction
Most of all I want great coffee
a burner would be a bonus

Please help
Thanks in advance
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Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013, 2:57pm
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I know you reference the "I want study glass", however you may wish to give a look at the old all stainless Nicro vacuum coffee maker.  I have one (have had it for years) and find it to make exceptional vacuum coffee.  And no fear of breakage.

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Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013, 8:45am
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Hi, Steelersx

I've got a bit of a collection of these - all glass ones - all very well made, but I wouldn't call any of them sturdy.  The shape of the top globe in particular makes it prone to damage with careless handling. Most current models have replacement glass available though.

All of mine are 1950's or more recent, but you might find some older ones - especially in the US - were made of much thicker glass before the more modern processes of making strong thinner glass were commercialised.  Either that, or Len's suggestion of a metal one.

A well know auction site might be your best bet.
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 3:26pm
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This is exactly the coffee maker I've got. It was my grandmother's, and there isn't anyone who can tell me how to use it around here any more. I wondered if all the pieces were there, and your photo is exactly what I have. What is the thing with the chain? What does it do? Do I need a filter?

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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 3:27pm
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This is the exact coffee maker I have. It was my grandmother's and no one around here can tell me how to use it. I have all the pieces I see in your photo. What is the thing with the chain? How does it go? Do I need a filter?
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 3:28pm
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i put this reply on the wrong post (see above) (sorry)
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 3:41pm
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So Stephanie,

You'd like this/your informing post above my post, & the one above it., deleted then?

 
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 5:16pm
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It was meant as a reply to Len's post (which has a photo of his Cory coffee brewer). It looks like I replied instead to the April 22 reply to Len.
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 5:59pm
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indigomug Said:

It was meant as a reply to Len's post (which has a photo of his Cory coffee brewer). It looks like I replied instead to the April 22 reply to Len.

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I got your email you sent to me.  Here is a copy of my reply:

You put the metal strainer n the upper chamber and allow the chain to fall through the tube.  You then pull the chain (as it sticks out of the tube) and then you will see a little hook on the end of it.  You allow the hook to get hooked on the bottom of the tube and then you are all set.  The mechanism is a filter.  Put the grounds in the top chamber and water in the bottom.  Put on burner (medium heat usually) and allow it to heat up.  As it heats the water from the bottom chamber will rise into the top.  When it gets about 1/2 full on top start stirring the mixture a bit.  After the bottom chamber empties you will notice lots of bubbles in the top chamber.  At that point stir the top chamber again them take the setup off the burner.  As the setup cools the water/coffee mixture in the top will then get sucked down automatically to the bottom chamber.  When the top is completely empty you can then take the top chamber off and enjoy the coffee in the bottom pot.  Thats about it.

Len

 
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Posted Mon Apr 21, 2014, 9:23am
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Cona vacuum coffee makers meet those basic requirements (high quality & thick glass). Plus, they look great. Sweet Maria's is one of the US vendors:

Click Here (www.sweetmarias.com)

A Cona Model C will brew at least two large cups of coffee, and the Model D has some additional capacity. The downside with these brewersóbesides the price tagóis that the manufacturer's "spirit lamp," the alcohol burner, only provides binary temperature control (on or off), which is a crude way of controlling a critical brewing variable. Plus, applying too much heat too fast tends to result in rapidly rising steam vapors that bounce the glass filter rod, which allows grinds to migrate down into the globe.

My solution to these problems was to design a "siphon brew board" for the Cona vacuum coffee maker that allows for the use of an adjustable butane burner. (See below.) You can see some of the boards boards I've made for the Cona here:

http://bit.ly/1cHgGRj

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